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Reading in Contexts 4 part booking £ 100.00
Reading in Context - single seminar £ 20.00
Student/trainee £ 0.00


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

Reading in Contexts: A Creative Approach to Critical Reading

A series of 4 seminars for those who would like to develop their engagement with analytic theory. The seminars are designed to be of interest to all members and trainees who would like to develop their skills in discussing, teaching, and writing about contemporary Jungian and psychoanalytic theory and practice.

The aim is to allow ourselves to engage with ideas beyond the purely personal, and to invite more of the world we live in into our reflections. Knowledge of any kind is always a meeting between self and not-self. Having a sense of historical and philosophical context gives unity and system to the analytic body of knowledge and helps us examine critically the grounds of our convictions, prejudices and beliefs. 

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Seminars run from 10.00 – 13.00, with a short break.

  • 11 December: Psychoanalytic methods and methodologies COMPLETED
  • 15 January: Texts and interpretation BOOK NOW COMPLETED
  • 12 February: Critical reading BOOK NOW


Fee: £100 for all 4 sessions

All presentations will be recorded and will be available to those who have signed up for the series.



This four-part series of seminars aims to introduce an approach for engaging with psychoanalytic theory that provides a fuller contextual understanding of primary texts and the critical framework through which they emerged.

In the first seminar we will be looking at the historical and philosophical foundations of analytical psychology by tracing the roots of psychoanalytic thought in the synthesis between scientific materialism and the contrasting philosophical view advocating the primacy of the non-rational, which emerged at the end of the 18th century. We will be exploring the idea of the unconscious in literature, philosophy and history right before the emergence of psychoanalysis and the different philosophical traditions underpinning the thinking of Jung and Freud.

Subsequent seminars will be looking at the clinical methods and innovations that gave rise to the various approaches to therapeutic work within psychoanalysis, alongside their underlying assumptions and justifications. We will then consider the use of different hermeneutical traditions to understand the centrality of contexts, psychosocial structures, and the subjective/discursive positions in the process of making meaning and producing knowledge. The seminars will end with practical examples and exercises to support the critical reading of psychoanalytic texts.



Katerina Sarafidou is Head of Research at the MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development, run by the British Psychotherapy Foundation and Birkbeck College and an honorary member of the BJAA.  She is carrying out academic research at King’s College London on Jungian theory, German aesthetics and subjectivity and lectures at both Birkbeck and King's College. She is one of the founders of The Circle of Analytical Psychology, which offers a 2-year course on Liber Novus (Jung’s Red Book) for Jungian analysts. 


Online via Zoom


Free for Trainees.

£100 for all 4 seminars for BPF Members

£20 per single seminar


CPD: Yes


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Reading in Contexts 4 part booking £ 100.00
Reading in Context - single seminar £ 20.00
Student/trainee £ 0.00