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09:30 - 18:00


Standard Fee £ 155.00


Online (via Zoom)
United Kingdom

the comparative clinical method – an online day workshop

This is the fourth workshop on the Comparative Clinical Method (CCM) that we are putting on for members of the bpf. The CCM is a method of understanding better how we work clinically. It 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 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 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 three 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 previous workshops and to those new to the method (who are advised to read the Tuckett book and Spurling paper cited above).


Who the course is for: All bpf members and trainees.

Date: 9.30am – 6.00pm, Saturday, November 14th 2020  

Fee: £155

Please note: This event will be conducted online (via Zoom).


Course leaders: 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 many clinical and theoretical papers.

Ronald Doctor is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, 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).


If you have any questions or queries regarding this event, please contact Lydia Hortyn, PPA Training Coordinator (

Standard Fee £ 155.00