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).