Thursday, 17 December 2015

Anne Worthington's Book Chapters

Anne Worthington has published two book chapters: 

Perversion Today – A Lacanian Perspective in Psychoanalysis: Perspectives, Techniques and Socio-Psychological Implications, ed. Zelda Knight. New York: Nova, 2015

Beyond Queer in Hysteria Today, ed. Anouchka Grose. Karnac Books, 2015

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

"What is Psychoanalysis? Is it weird?" A 4-Part Educational Film Series for Students and Teachers

The Freud Museum has launched a new series of short films, produced with the generous support of the College of Psychoanalysts and the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and the engagement of the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University. Primarily aimed at young learners on A Level psychology courses, the films will facilitate what for many will be a first encounter with psychoanalytic ideas. 

The films address some of the key ideas that students are required to demonstrate knowledge of in their exams, augmenting and in some instances providing a counterweight to what is taught on A Level courses. They feature contributions from John Forrester, Astrid Gessert, Anouchka Grose, Darian Leader, Daniel Pick and Anne Worthington.

The idea for making these videos plus the project management was by Stefan Marianski, who is one of our MA graduates and now working for the Freud Museum. 

The films can be found here:

Below is the first video, 'Is it weird?' This episode covers:

  • Is psychoanalysis weird?
  • A talking cure
  • The unconscious
  • The ego is not master in its own house
  • Psychoanalysis and the 'cognitive approach'

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Jung-Lacan Dialogue: The Subject and The Self

This is the third in a series of Jung-Lacan Dialogues aimed at fostering an engagement between two important and creative schools of psychoanalysis. What is the common ground between them? What are the intractable differences? Is it possible to find a common language or achieve mutual understandings? And what are the implications for clinical practice?

Date: 27th February 2016
Venue: Room CG41, College Building, Middlesex University

The Subject and the Self

Is there any commonality between Jung’s idea of the Self and Lacan’s notion of the Subject? And what are the specifics of the differences between these two important clinical concepts? Alan Rowan and David Henderson will elaborate the history and development of the terms and reflect on the implications for clinical work.

Alan Rowan is a Lacanian Psychoanalyst and member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis. He is also a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Systemic Psychotherapist who currently works as Head of Psychology Services within a Low Secure Forensic Hospital setting. He has published articles on a range of topics in the field of contemporary Lacanian Psychoanalysis and is frequently invited to lecture on post-graduate and professional training courses in psychoanalysis/psychotherapy.

Dr David Henderson is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice and a senior lecturer in psychoanalysis at Middlesex University. He has an M.A. in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies and a PhD. from Goldsmiths. David is a member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists (A.I.P.) and has recently published a book entitled “Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis: Pseudo Dionysius and C.W. Jung".

Admission Free

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News from Joanna Adler

Joanna Adler has completed work for the Ministry of Justice on an evidence review about what works in the management of young people who offend. This work was conducted with Sarah Edwards, Mia Scally, Anna Gekoski, Dorothy Gill, Mike Puniskis and Miranda Horvath. Joanna also assisted in revisions to a report for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Watch this space early 2016 for more detail on both of those.

Additionally, CATS and FPS have completed the second fieldwork phase of research into young people’s experiences with online pornography. This work is being conducted for the NSPCC and OCC and is led by Elena Martellozzo and Miranda Horvath, with Joanna Adler, Julia Davidson, Rudy Leyva and Andy Monaghan. The fieldwork was implemented by our partner, Research Bods and consists of just over 1000 surveys with young people aged 11 to 16. 

Monday, 7 December 2015

Jackie Gray's talk to the US Airforce Sexual Assault Victim Advocates at RAF Lakenheath

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (Carolina Yepez) for the US Airforce organised a training day for their Sexual Assault Victim Advocates on 9th November. The Advocates are volunteers from all areas within the US Airforce based in the UK, such as engineers, medics & pilots. Over 30 delegates attended the event, and had come from other UK postings, as well as Lakenheath where the event was held. There were speakers from within the US Airforce, as well as three external academics, of whom Jackie Gray was one. Jackie spoke to the delegates about the UK law on rape, the difficulties surrounding the question of consent, and the role of rape myths (stereotyped attitudes to rape and sexual violence that commonly blame victims, excuse perpetrators and minimise the seriousness of rape). The delegates were an enthusiastic and well-engaged group, who seemed very keen to develop their knowledge, and to understand more about the Uk context.

In addition to the talks, the three visitors were given a guided tour of one of the squadron HQs, and also shown a fighter jet by one of the pilots - which was very interesting!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Visiting Speaker: Dr Sima Sandhu, Queen Mary University of London

Date: Thursday 17th December
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: C128

TitleViews on the Quality and Effectiveness of Supported Tenancies for People with Mental Health Problems: Findings from the QuEST Study.


Sima Sandhu is a post-doctoral researcher at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry (WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development), Queen Mary University of London.  In her current post she has undertaken research on migrant health care across Europe, systematic and conceptual reviews on non-specific mental health treatment, and more recently the QuEST study with colleagues at University College London.  She has a background in psychology and health and social care services research, and completed her PhD on care worker motivations and the implications for social policy at the University of East London in 2013.  


Following extended periods of inpatient treatment, people with mental health problems in England can require supported accommodation services in order to manage and maintain their recovery and independence in the community.  The type of support, and the intensity or setting in which it is provided, can vary with clients expected to move from highly staffed accommodation-based to relatively independent settings with visiting staff. Currently, there is little evidence on what these services share in terms of the ideological goals and client aspirations, or in what ways these services are actually experienced as helpful by those using them, and perceived as effective by those providing them.  In this talk I will present findings from in-depth interviews with staff and clients from different types of supported accommodation services (residential care, supported housing, floating outreach) to explore their perspectives on the purpose of these services, and the components of care found to be most helpful. The findings provide an understanding of the commonalities in the ideological approach to care in these services, as well as the facilitators that support clients and services to effectively reach their respective goals.  This study forms part of a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Programme Grant on the Quality and Effectiveness of Supported Tenancies for people with mental health problems (the QuEST study).   

Friday, 27 November 2015

News about Laila Al-Ayoubi's blog-style article for the Richard Benjamin Trust

Laila Al-Ayoubi has just finished writing a blog-style article for the Richard Benjamin Trust about the INSIGHT (INdividual SIGnals mHealth Technology) research. They're putting a book together for the public about the trust and the research they've funded. The book is due out in a year or so. Here's some information from Laila: 

There are over a billion people using Smartphones worldwide and excitement is growing among Psychiatrists about new ways to reach patient groups. Identifying patterns or personal 'relapse signatures' in a patients thoughts, behaviour and circumstances - even biology, can lead to new insight and inform meaningful change. The ‘INSIGHT’research group at Middlesex University has run its first feasibility study with a smartphone app and and paired-biowearable set up designed to support people stuck in a cycle of self harm.

Funded by the The Richard Benjamin Trust.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Opportunity for students to find out more about becoming a Psychologist

Andrew Christer from the BPS will be here to talk to students and answer any queries they have about becoming a psychologist. 

Date: Tuesday 1st December

Location: The foyer in Hatchcroft
Time: Between 10.30am and 3pm

Research Seminar: Alex Jones, Middlesex University

Date: Thursday 3rd December
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Location: Barn 2

Title: Attention to the Sense of Touch - Neural Correlates and Behavioural Evidence

Dr Jones is a lecturer at Middlesex University London. Before joining the Psychology Department in 2013 he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Universite Paris Descartes. Prior to Paris he worked as a visiting lecturer and research fellow in London (City University, BPP). Jones has a BSc in Psychology (City University) and MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology (UCL). He received his PhD from City University London, where he is now also an honorary research fellow.  

Broadly, Dr Jones' research interests include attention, action, and multisensory integration, and using cognitive neuroscience techniques to investigate how the brain and behaviour relate. Focus has been on exploring how we select and attend to information constantly bombarding our senses. In particular how we process and attend to the sense of touch. Of interest has also been to explore how we process sensory information which is a consequence of our own actions (action prediction). His research has appeared in journal such as NeuroImage, Neuropsychologia, European Journal of Neuroscience, Biological Psychology, and Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

AbstractThe sense of touch is imperative to cognition, development, and is implicated in how we perceive the world around us and how we interact with others. The skin, enveloping our bodies, is the largest human organ, and through sensory receptors it provides us with a vast amount of information about our immediate environment. Yet, compared to the domains of visual and auditory attention, relatively little research has focused on the somatosensory system and the body sense. We are constantly bombarded with a wealth of tactile information, such as from our clothes or the chair we sit upon, and cannot process all of this information simultaneously. Mechanisms of selective attention help to prioritize, predict and select information relevant to the situation, and to guide our behaviour appropriately. The research presented in this talk explores the question of how we selectively focus our attention to the sense of touch. Specifically, the talk will cover research on how top-down tactile attention (e.g., thinking about your left foot) and bottom-up tactile attention (e.g., a tap on the shoulder) is processed in the brain using electroencephalogram (EEG). 


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Visiting Speaker: Prof. Cathy Creswell, University of Reading.

Date: Thursday 26th November
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: C210

TitleBiases about biases : what do we really know about threat interpretation in childhood anxiety disorders

Cathy Creswell is a NIHR Research Professor at the University of Reading and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Her research focuses on the development and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders, with a particular emphasis on improving outcomes from and access to evidence based treatments.

CBT is generally considered to be the treatment of choice with children with anxiety disorders, despite surprisingly little being known about what maintains anxiety in children. Treatments typically include a major focus on modifying  threatening interpretations, based on studies that have found that children and young people with anxiety disorders are more likely to interpret ambiguity  in a threatening way than non-anxious children. These studies (including our own) have typically included children and young people from a  broad age range and with a range of anxiety disorders. Furthermore few studies have examined causal influences of interpretation of ambiguity on anxiety. Our recent studies have raised a number of questions about the place of threat interpretation in models of childhood anxiety disorders and highlight the need to question our own biases about its central role.


Monday, 9 November 2015

Fiona Starr's exciting involvement with a BBC six-part factual entertainment series

Fiona Starr has been offering expertise and consultation to the BBC on a 6 part factual entertainment series about how children see the world. She was asked to get involved with generating  themes for each episode and scenarios that the programme makers could create for the children, aged 5-10 years, to encourage relevant, interesting and surprising behaviour. It was great fun and also really interesting. The series is due to come out some time next year.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Research Seminar: Lisa Marzano, Middlesex University

Date: Thursday 19th November
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Location: Barn 2

Title: The Application of mHealth to Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges

Lisa Marzano is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, specialising in suicide and mental health research.  She currently leads the QUEST study (, a project commissioned by Samaritans to inform new approaches to suicide prevention; the INSIGHT collaboration (, which is concerned with the application of technological innovations to mental health research and clinical practice; and research with colleagues at the Glasgow University Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab investigating public attitudes towards self-injury. Further areas of interest include suicide in prisons, gatekeeper training for emergency services, and portrayal of suicidal behaviour in traditional and ‘new’ media.

Smartphones and other wearable digital technologies are increasingly able to gather real-time behavioural, physiological, and psychosocial data in relatively precise and unobtrusive ways. This includes information about people’s moods, cognitions and activities, as well as automated data about their whereabouts, behaviour and physiological states (including GPS location, physical activity, sleep, heart rate and heart rate variability).
Drawing on recent and ongoing research, I will discuss the potential of mobile health applications (‘mHealth apps’) and self-tracking devices, both as data gathering tools in mental health research, and potential adjuncts to traditional intervention methods (e.g. for personalised mood monitoring and bio-feedback mechanisms). The potential risks and key challenges associated with applying mHealth to mental health will also be discussed.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Jung-Lacan Dialogue: The Psychoid and The Real

Date: 2-5 p.m., Saturday, 5th December 2015
Venue: Room CG41, College Building, Middlesex University

Admission Free
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This is the second in a series of Jung-Lacan Dialogues aimed at fostering an engagement between two important and creative schools of psychoanalysis. What is the common ground between them? What are the intractable differences? Is it possible to find a common language or achieve mutual understandings? And what are the implications for clinical practice?

The Psychoid and the Real

Is there any commonality between Jung’s idea of the Psychoid and Lacan’s conceptualisation of the Real? And what are the specifics of the differences between these two important clinical concepts? Alistair Black and David Henderson will elaborate the history and development of the terms and reflect on the implications for clinical work.

Dr Alistair Black is a psychoanalyst in the Lacanian tradition in private practice in south London. He is a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (CFAR). Recent publications include 'Lacan's encounter with a Buddhist statue and the gaze as objet a ' in Psychoanalytische Perspectieven.

David Henderson, PhD is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice and senior lecturer in psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University. He is a member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists (AIP) Recent publications include, Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis, published by Routledge and ‘Freud and Jung: The creation of the psychoanalytic universe,’ published in Psychodynamic Practice.