bion's clinical relevance seminars

  • 21 September, 5, 19 & 26 October; 9 November 2019
  • 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ

Bion accomplished a radical overhaul of psychoanalytic theory and technique and extended both in novel ways. This series of five seminars will focus on the practical application of his ideas. Each seminar will have a theoretical component followed by a clinical case presentation. Bion’s writing can at times be even more difficult and arcane than Winnicott.

The aim of the seminars will be to clarify his ideas and ground them in the everyday realities of the clinical situation from which they arose. Bion’s writings from the early and middle periods of his career can be highly practical and have major significance for the problems that we all encounter in the consulting room.

who is it for

Anyone with an interest in Bion's work and how his ideas can be used in the clinical setting with patients. It is suitable for those considering undertaking training or further training in the field and for those working in mental health who are wanting to expand their understanding of these concepts. The Bion seminars are also intended for post qualification clinicians with an interest in Bion and developments in clinical technique.

course content

Each seminar will have a theoretical component followed by a clinical case presentation.

The seminars will be facilitated by Michael Halton, a senior member of the bpf who has a particular interest in Bion and clinical technique.


about course facilitator

Michael Halton, is a psychoanalyst and senior member of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA), the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf) and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP). He was a former member of the BPA training committee and teaches on its training. He is a training therapist and supervisor, and lectures at the Tavistock Clinic, BPA and bpf. He is also a member of the organising committee of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival and has regularly given papers. He has a particular interest in technique. Amongst his published works are papers on Bion, The Oedipal Situation, Phobic States of Mind, and Schizoid States. He has given papers at the British, Colombian and Japanese Psychoanalytic Societies. He was formerly a part time Consultant Psychologist in Psychotherapy in the NHS and is now in full-time private practice.


Saturdays 10am – 12 noon


21 September; 5, 19 & 26 October; 9 November 2019


entry requirements

You will need to be a post qualification clinician to apply.



On offer of a place, you will be invited to register and pay via debit card through a secured payment page.

Please note that the bpf will not be held responsible for travel/hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed. See our cancellation and refund policies for more information.

how to apply

To apply for this course, please download and complete the application form supplied and email it to Sandra Pereira at

Alternatively, please print it and return it to Sandra Pereira at 37 Mapesbury Road | London | NW2 4HJ

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access information

The building has limited access - please call us on 020 8452 9823 to discuss your needs.

contact us

If you have any questions please contact Sandra Pereira, MSc, Postgraduate & Public Events Officer, British Psychotherapy Foundation, 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ Tel 020 8452 9823 Fax 020 8452 0310 E-mail:

The bpf is committed to diversity and inclusivity in all the work we deliver. We are fully dedicated to promoting, maintaining and supporting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our organisation and, as such, the bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Image of Wilfred Bion: By Unknown, The original uploader was Kaesar at Italian Wikipedia (Scan of the original photograph) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons