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08:30 - 17:00


British Psychotherapy Foundation
37 Mapesbury Road
London, NW2 4HJ
United Kingdom

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comparative clinical method workshop

Unfortunately this even has been postponed until further notice. Please contact for a full refund. Thank you.


The workshop will consist of a presentation by one member of the group of a piece of their analytic work, which the group will use to construct the different elements of the “working model” of the presenting therapist. 

The CCM was developed by a group of European psychoanalysts in order to construct a framework for comparing different forms of psychoanalytic work (see Tuckett, D, el al 2008, Psychoanalysis Comparable and Incomparable: the evolution of a method to describe and compare psychoanalytic approaches, Routledge, and Spurling, L 2018, “Do We Need to Know What We are Doing? Discovering Our ‘Working Model’ of Psychoanalytic Practice Using the Comparative Clinical Method”, British Journal of Psychotherapy, vol.34 pp.569-584).

The learning in the workshop comes as much from the discussion in the group about this process, and its difficulties, as from the outcome.  We have already run two such workshops for the bpf which members found to be interesting and enriching for their practice.

The workshop is open to those who attended the two previous workshops and to those new to the method (who are advised to read the Tuckett book and Spurling paper cited above).


about the course leaders

Ronald Doctor is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, member of the IPA committee of Psychoanalysis and Law, board member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, and Hon. Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College, London. He has edited two books: Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management (2003) and Murder; a Psychotherapeutic Investigation (2008) and published History, murder and the fear of death, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytical Studies (2015) 12.2 152-160.   

Laurence Spurling is a Senior Member of the bpf, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he is also Director of Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainings. He is the author of "An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling" (Palgrave, first edition 2003) and "The Psychoanalytic Craft: how to develop as a psychoanalytic practitioner" (Palgrave, 2015) and has published clinical and theoretical papers in a number of journals, including the "International Journal of Psychoanalysis", "Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy" and the "British Journal of Psychotherapy".


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