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BCA Autumn Conference: It’s Not in the Bottle – Research, Ethics & Psychotherapy – Farhad Dalal

BCA Autumn Conference: It’s Not in the Bottle – Research, Ethics & Psychotherapy – Farhad Dalal

Date(s) - Sunday, November 6th, 2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


‘If it were true – as conceited shrewdness, proud of not being deceived, thinks – that one should believe nothing which he cannot see by means of his physical eyes, then first and foremost one ought to give up believing in love’ (Kierkegaard).

Today, professions and disciplines of all kinds fall over themselves to present their claims as being ‘evidence-based’ in order to garner for themselves the kudos of being a positivist science.  In this talk I will critique attempts made by the ‘psy’ disciplines’ (psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy) to use positivism to enter the citadel of science.

Amongst other things, I will argue that their efforts have resulted in the corruption and distortion of the principles of (positivist) science.

I will argue that positivist methodologies are unable, even in principle, to capture the intricacies of human exchange; in lieu of positivism, notions of emergence and complex responsive processes are more appropriate.

Additionally, the argument will also raise questions about the idea of science itself, and claim that much of what passes for science in this territory is a distortion of reality rather than a description of it.


Farhad Dalal PhD is a psychotherapist and Group Analyst in private practice in Devon. He is a Training Group Analyst and supervisor for the Institute of Group Analysis, London. He also works with organizations. He is the convener of a new group psychotherapy training in India (which is supported by donations)

He has been studying and writing on the themes of psychotherapy, ethics, equality and diversity for over twenty five years. He has published many papers and four books to date: Taking the Group SeriouslyRace; Colour and the Processes of RacializationThought Paralysis: The Virtues of Discrimination; and CBT – The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami: Managerialism, Politics and the Corruptions of Science.


This online event is in collaboration with the journal Psychodynamic Practice.

Zoom meeting will open at 9.30am for 10.00am start.

Bookings and joining will be managed through Eventbrite.

Full members can opt for a concession ticket by selecting Student & Concession instead of Full member ticket.

Please use the link below for more information and to register:

The BCA’s AGM 2022 will follow the Autumn Talk.
12.30-1.00pm:      Lunch Break
1.00pm :               AGM – Agenda items to follow
2.00pm :               End of AGM meeting
A seperate registration process applies to the AGM, please visit our events page or click on the link below (Please remember to login first):
We look forward to welcoming you to both the conference and AGM.
On behalf of the Executive Committee,
Hicham Jabrane, BCA Chair

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