We completed our office relocation last week, and began holding appointments there on 1st August. We had been in the centre of Chorlton for 8 years, and now look forward to many years of working in St Ann’s Square, Manchester city centre.
However, Chorlton remains the location for the series of monthly talks on psychotherapy programmed by me as chair of the North West Regional Psychotherapy Association.
Our autumn 2019 season of talks begins with Pain and its Killing. Psychoanalyst Mark Fisher will consider the rapid increase in use of pain killers, including prescribed opioids, and ask what is pain and why does it need killing? A talk suitable for a general audience.
As Mark writes, ‘It has been estimated that within a recent two-year period, more Americans died from prescribed opioids and various other pain killers than in the entire Vietnam War. The Sunday Times included the diagram below in their report on Britain’s opioid crisis: We are Sleepwalking towards Carnage in our Communities (24 February 2019)‘.
Julia Evans gave a popular talk last year on trauma, and returns in October to discuss the role of interpretation in therapy. This talk is primarily aimed at therapists and trainees.
We welcome art therapist Jo Roston in November who will talk about the body. As Jo writes, ‘The body is the longest serving medium for the storage, retrieval and transmission of human knowledge. Touching upon the history of the book and manuscript we will explore what kind of text it is that can be inscribed into our bodies to create a knowledge which has the potential to be rewritten and renewed.’
In the lead up to the end-of-year holiday, psychiatrist Andrew Shepherd shares his clinical experience of working in prisons in a talk entitled, Behind Bars.
As Andrew writes, ‘Prisons represent complex institutional environments striving to meet a range of objectives, including the following pillars; Retribution (punishment), Restriction (protection), Rehabilitation (education and training) and Restoration (restorative justice).
‘Unsurprisingly they also represent significant sites of complex suffering and distress – as represented by high estimated prevalence rates of mental disorder amongst the population.
‘In this talk I will attempt to consider some of the pertinent psychosocial and existential dynamics apparent within this population – addressing the complexity of the process of emotional labour undertaken by prisoners, those charged with supporting or caring for them, and for society more widely.’
If you would like to attend one of these talks please see the NWRPA website for times and admission charge.