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Keeping Staff in Mind Symposium

Keeping Staff in Mind Symposium

On Friday 8 June 2018, The Cassel Hospital, West London Mental Health Trust, in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Routledge Books, will host a one-day symposium on the challenges facing mental health staff today.

This symposium follows the publication of a book, Psychoanalysis, the NHS, and Mental Health Work Today, edited by Alison Vaspe (Karnac 2017). The book gave particular weight to the need for dedicated spaces in which staff can make sense of their experiences at work, in settings ranging from primary care and outpatient psychotherapy to in-patient and secure forensic units.

Although rewarding, working with vulnerable people is difficult, psychologically challenging, and can be disturbing and disappointing. For staff to be able to work effectively, psychoanalytically informed contributions including clinical and managerial supervision; Balint and reflective practice groups; organisational consultancy; and where appropriate psychoanalytically informed therapy, are all essential.

Through presentations and group discussion, we will explore how, without such psychoanalytic underpinning to the work, some staff will become caught up in problematic organisational dynamics, such as “splitting”, or they will become unwell, thick-skinned, and at worst actively abusive to those who need them.

Target audience:

  •   GPs, mental health nurses and care workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, IAPT workers
  •   Clinical managers, commissioners, researchers
  •   Occupational Health and Human Resources
  •   Those involved in supervising and training, individually or in Balint, reflective practice, and other groups
  •   Organisational consultants.

For information about the speakers and programme, click here.

Tickets: £95 (including lunch) available from Eventbrite, under Staff in Mind

Venue: Cassel Hospital, One Ham Common, Richmond, TW10 7JF

Enquiries: please contact the Event Administrator:

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