Working with Sex, Violence, and Sex and Violence: Real or Imagined
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Working with Sex, Violence, and Sex and Violence: Real or Imagined

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Working with Sex, Violence, and Sex and Violence:  Real or Imagined

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Saturday 19th November 2016

10.00am to 4.30pm

Followed by the AGM

Registration 9.30am

Whitelands College
University of Roehampton
Holybourne Avenue
London
SW15 4JD

Speakers include: Adam Jukes, Del Loewenthal, Jay Watts, Jessica Yakeley


CONFERENCE DETAILS

Therapy used to be the place, outside the confessional, where one could talk about sex, dreams, violence and disturbing fantasies. But can we still appropriately respond to, for example, the man who when dropping his daughter off at university fancies her friend and worries he is a paedophile, or the female patient who can’t give up the narcissist because the sex is better, or the client who fantasies about bottling his opponents, or the ‘abused’ wife who feels helplessly trapped by her minority culture’s traditions, or the young person who is not sure whether to join a gang, etc.? In exploring how to work with sex, violence, and sex and violence, real or imagined, this conference explores some personal, cultural and economic factors that influence our abilities as psychological therapists.

 There is a danger that government policies for psychotherapy, such as ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Prevent’, remove issues of sex and violence from the consulting room with the danger that they are acted out rather than worked through. Furthermore, the increasing use of manualised, often in the name of ‘evidence-based’, trainings, together with therapeutic approaches that attempt to structure out both the client and the therapist having to stay with such issues as sex and violence, may be helpful. However, it is assumed that there is also a need for at least some psychotherapists and counsellors who can enable their clients to work through such experiences, real or imagined. With this in mind, this conference explores four major themes:

  • In a neo-liberal world where policies such as austerity, alongside ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Prevent’ may increase both the ethos, and acts, of violence and where the perpetration, victimhood and consumption of violence is often in normalized forms, what can psychotherapists and counsellors do?
  • What are our values as psychological therapists to clients from different cultural, including religious, traditions regarding sex and violence?
  • How can we better interrogate our moral blindness to the emotional violence that is caused by economic conditions, and in what ways may the psychological therapies help or hinder this sensitivity? 
  • As psychological therapists, can we hear issues of sex and violence in our clients, if we haven’t explored these in ourselves? 


CALL FOR PAPERS

The UPCA conference committee would particularly welcome papers that would make a contribution to this debate together with those which raise more general questions about our practices, theories and research. There will be 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

 Please send the proposed title of your paper together with an abstract (maximum 200 words) and a brief CV (maximum 100 words) to: info@upca.org.uk. The deadline is 12pm on 5th October 2016. Papers will be considered for inclusion as they are submitted, with final notification being made on 12th October 2016. The paper will then be included in our programme and on our website on payment of the conference fee, as above. 


PROGRAMME

9.30am - 10.00am - Registration

10.00am - 10.20am - Welcome and introduction to the conference, Del Loewenthal - Conference Chair

10.20am - 11.00am - Sex, Danger and the Surveilled Subject, Jay Watts

11.00am - 11.30am - Coffee

11.30am- 12.10pm - Do we want to be badly treated by our primary attachment figure?, Adam Jukes

12.10pm – 12.50pm - Parallel sessions

12.50pm – 1.50pm - Lunch

1.50pm – 2.50pm - Parallel sessions

2.50pm – 3.30pm - When sexual fantasy becomes violent reality: working psychotherapeutically with sex              and violence, Jessica Yakeley

3.30pm – 4.00pm - Tea

4.00pm – 4.30pm - Plenary panel discussion: How do we train psychotherapists and counsellors to work                 with sex, violence, sex and violence?, Adam Jukes, Del Loewenthal (Chair), Jay Watts, Jessica Yakeley

4.30pm – 5.30pm - UPCA AGM 

 

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