Finding a way through the forest: working with students and suicidality – Galit Ferguson

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Monday, 21st February

Finding a way through the forest: working with students and suicidality –

Galit Ferguson

With reference to her work with young people in HE organisations and in her private practice, Galit will explore what seems to happen in and around certain young clients’ suicidal ideation and behaviours within these different contexts. As David Bell suggests, “All suicidal acts take place in the context of human relationships, real and imagined” (Bell, 2000, p.22): this can be thought about not only in terms of object relations, family relationships, and psychosocial contexts, but also in terms of the impacts on clinical work of organisational dynamics, and what happens when there is no organisation at all. Galit will present the cases of two clients she will call ‘Hansel’ and ‘Gretel’ in an exploration of real and symbolic moments of ‘banishment’ in organisational and private work.

Dr Galit Ferguson is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice and works as a counsellor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at University of the Arts London. Her psychoanalytically informed PhD focused on the representation/construction of abject families in popular media. Galit’s background is in research, writing, editing and teaching.

 

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