Friday, 23 March 2012

Complexity, Psychoanalysis, and Society: A One Day Conference at the Tavistock Centre. May 18

Tavistock Policy Seminars
‘Connecting public policy and human relationships’
Complexity, Psychoanalysis and Society
A Day Conference to be held on Friday May 18 2012
at the Tavistock Centre,120 Belsize Lane NW3 8BA

Andrew Cooper, Joseph Dodds, Margaret Lush, 
Michael Rustin, Graham Shulman, Terry Marks-Tarlow

Complexity theory is one of the most interesting and challenging perspectives on the explanation of behaviour in the natural, psychological and social worlds to have emerged in recent years. This Policy Seminar day conference will explore ‘complexity’ approaches in the field of psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic practice, and in their wider application to social issues such as climate change.
Speakers will include Terry Marks-Tarlow (Los Angeles), author of Psyche’s Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity (Routledge 2008); Joseph Dodds (Prague), author of Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos, (Routledge 2011); Graham Shulman, child psychotherapist, Scotland; Margaret Lush, child psychotherapist, England; (each authors of journal articles on complexity theory in child psychotherapy) and Andrew Cooper, Professor of Social Work at the Tavistock Clinic and co-author with Julian Lousada of Borderline Welfare (Tavistock Clinic Series/Karnac, 2005).

Conference Programme
9.00 – 9.30 Arrival and conference registration
9.30 – 10.15 Terrry Marks-Tarlow: ‘Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity.’
10.15 -11.00 Open discussion
11.00 -11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 Graham Shulman: Strange attractors in the dynamical systems of the mind.’
Margaret Lush: ‘Clinical facts, turning points and complexity theory’.
12.30 – 1.00 Open discussion
1.00 – 2.00 Buffet lunch in Tavistock Cafe
2.00 – 3.15 Joseph Dodds ‘Psychoanalysis and ecology at the edge of chaos.’
3.15 – 4.00 Open Discussion
4.00 – 4.30 Tea break
4.30- 5.30 Final plenary discussion, introduced by Andrew Cooper
5.30 – 6.30 Drinks reception

Conference Booking
There will be a charge for the Day Conference of £30, which will include coffee, tea, lunch and the drinks reception.
Bookings should be made to Simone Silverstein: ssilverstein@tavi-port.nhs,uk. You can book a place by email, but please send her a cheque made out to ‘The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’. Address: Simone Silverstein, Child and Family Directorate, Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA

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