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COVID-19: reflective discussions - October

Following the workshop on Remote Psychotherapy by Gillian Isaacs Russell and Todd Essig on 11 July 2020, the Scientific and Applied Activities Committee of the bpf, organised a series of informal, reflective groups on Zoom for members to share and process experiences of working in the pandemic.

The aim is to provide a space in which we can speak candidly about our experiences of maintaining a therapeutic setting throughout the lockdown, and now more recently, as lockdown regulations begin to be eased. Challenges in the work, the nature of the material, differences in the type of technology (phone/online), the loss of the consulting room, transference and countertransference issues, questions of technique, and of whether and when (and how) to return to working in person can all be explored. The groups are open to qualified members of the three Associations of the bpf, and will be limited to 6 people.

A number of reflective groups took place during July and September, and the aim is for them to be ongoing. Some groups are now full, but there are a few more spaces available in the following upcoming groups. To join a group, contact the facilitator by email ahead of the stated date.


· Wednesday 7 October 3pm-4:30pm (1 space available). Facilitator: Ann Scott (

· Thursday 8 October 6pm-7:30pm (2 spaces left). Facilitator: Eleanor Mongey (

· Friday 9 October 1pm-2:30pm (3 spaces left). Facilitator: Sue Kegerreis (

· Monday 26 October 4pm-5:30pm (3 spaces left). Facilitator: Juliet Newbigin (


Please note: Dates for future groups will be agreed at the end of each meeting. Once there are 6 people per group, they will be closed, so sign up now to not miss out!

The Committee recognizes the importance of such discussions and hopes to be able to draw on the reflective group discussions for a research project, for which ethics approval from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies Ethics Committee at the University of Essex has been granted. Participation in the research study is entirely voluntary, and does not preclude members joining the reflective groups. Information about the research, will be sent to all expressing an interest in signing up to a reflective group. Further details can also be obtained from Sue Kegerreis ( or Poul Rohleder (