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Summer Conference 2020

Summer Conference 2020

Date(s) - Saturday, July 25th, 2020
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Pandemic and Pandemonium:

Psychotherapy in the virtual world.


Engaging directly with our current context, this year’s Summer Conference will be held online. The Conference will consider what is emerging from our experience of the coronavirus pandemic: losses, inequalities and narcissistic wounds, relationships in the virtual world and hopes for new and creative understandings. We welcome your attendance and sharing in this reflective event.


Speakers & Panel Members:

Our Conference title is taken from Professor Bob Hinshelwood’s article ‘Pandemic and pandemonium.’ As introduction, Professor Hinshelwood provides a brief presentation setting the scene and exploring the value of the Psychodynamic Thinking platform and how it can support our capacity to hold together during this difficult time.

  •  Trudy Darien and Mark Waddington will then present their work at Placement Support, which has provided online services for groups, families and professional networks for over five years, working psychodynamically to promote sustaining relationships between children and the adults involved in their lives. Mark and Trudy will provide an overview of the breadth of their work including case studies reflecting how online therapeutic relationships are developed and what they can achieve.
  •  The afternoon’s panel discussion is led by Laurence Spurling and joined by Jenny Sprince, members of BCA and continues the discussion, reflecting on emerging themes and issues from the day.
  •  There will be an after-Conference reception for Laurence Spurling on the occasion of his upcoming retirement from Birkbeck after 35 years of service.



Professor Bob Hinshelwood has been a prolific psychoanalytic writer for the last 35 years. His wide-ranging work spans clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis, as well as the application of analytic thinking to other fields – especially groups, organisations and social science.

Trudy Darien is a long-standing member of APPCIOS, and has over 25 years experience working in the care profession. She has an MSc in Therapeutic Child Care and runs APPCIOS accredited training for carers and professionals working with looked after children. She also works at Placement Support as a Therapeutic Specialist.

Mark Waddington is the Director at Placement Support and an APPCIOS Organisational Therapist. A qualified teacher, he was for many years clinical lead at Thornby Hall, an internationally renowned therapeutic community for troubled children. He is currently writing a doctoral thesis around inter-agency working.

Dr Laurence Spurling is Programme Director of the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling, as well as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, having joined Birkbeck in 1986. He was a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist in the NHS, and currently works in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

Jenny Sprince is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Organisational Consultant, and Chair of APPCIOS. She has been Clinical Director at Placement Support for the past 19 years.

Hicham Jabrane is Acting Chair on the BCA Committee. His background is in therapeutic communities (substance misuse/offending behaviour), and he currently manages  multidisciplinary teams providing a therapeutic presence in schools. He also works in private practice.

Dr Galit Ferguson is a psychotherapist and an honorary counsellor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her background is in research, writing, editing and teaching.

Rita Odumosu is a psychodynamic counsellor in private practice and an Associate Counsellor at the University of Westminster. She is a former teacher with a background in Educational Consultancy and School Improvement.

Terms & Conditions

  • Continuing Professional Development Certificates will be issued by email after the conference at your request.
  • Receipts can be requested and issued email post registration.
  • Invoices can be issued to organisations for payment on receipt of an official purchase order or letter from your manager confirming that funding has been agreed.
  • Invoices will not be issued without the accompanying paperwork.
  • Invoices cannot be issued less than 28 days before the conference.
  • Concession rate applicable at all time, no requirements set to qualify for the reduced rate.
  • Further information and instructions for joining the online event on Zoom will be sent to your registered email address. Please check Spam folder before contacting

If you have any questions or require further information, please e-mail




This event is fully booked.

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