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The Forum programme is scheduled according to the academic year. The Forum day will change each academic year in order to give all members as much opportunity as possible to attend.
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Stephen Frosh is Professor in the Department of Psychosocial Studies (which he founded) at Birkbeck, University of London. He was Pro–Vice–Master of Birkbeck from 2003 to 2017. He has a background in academic and clinical psychology and was Consultant Clinical Psychologist and latterly Vice Dean at the Tavistock Clinic, London, throughout the 1990s, specialising in family and individual psychotherapy with children and young people. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Academic Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society, a Founding Member of the Association of Psychosocial Studies, and an Honorary Member of the Institute of Group Analysis. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Stephen Frosh is the author of many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis. His most recent book is Antisemitism and Racism: Ethical Challenges for Psychoanalysis, published by Bloomsbury in the summer of 2013. Previous books include Those Who Come After: Postmemory, Acknowledgement and Forgiveness (2019), Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions (2013), Feelings (2011), A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory (2012), Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic (2010), Hate and the Jewish Science: Anti–Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis (2005), For and Against Psychoanalysis (2006), After Words (2002), The Politics of Psychoanalysis (1999), Sexual Difference(1994) and Identity Crisis (1991). He is co–editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Psychosocial Studies and of the Routledge International Handbook of Psychoanalysis and Jewish Studies.
What is beyond the nuclear or biological family, or the long–term monogamous relationship? Alice Kentridge and Iggy Robinson will bring reflections on working with clients in a range of relationships that queer our understanding of couples. They will explore the anxieties that this work might provoke for both clients and therapists – anxieties which, when left unexamined, may lead to pathologizing or flattening attitudes. Drawing on queer theory, interviews, and clinical practice, they will also look at what these relationships offer all of us in expanding our unconscious assumptions about the meaning and mattering of our connections.
Alice Kentridge is a psychodynamic psychotherapist working in private practice. She was part of the founding of the Queer Analytic Circle, a group connecting with and developing new thinking with queer analytic practitioners. She is involved with the Queer Social Dreaming Matrix and has written on art, the body, and sexuality.
Iggy Robinson is a psychodynamic therapist, writer and workshop facilitator. They work therapeutically with queer and trans individuals in London, and were a founding member of the Queer Analytic Circle, a group for clinicians who engage with psychoanalytic thinking through a queer lens. Iggy regularly organises Social Dreaming Matrix workshops, offering a space for queer and trans community to explore the collective and social meanings of our dreams.
Siobain DeGregorio trained at Birkbeck on the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents, qualifying in 2010. She is a Registered member of the BPC as a Psychodynamic Counsellor and Organisational Psychodynamic Therapist an Accredited member of the BACP. Siobain is also a licensed Circle of Security Facilitator which is a parenting programme that is based on Attachment theory.
She has worked in a variety of settings with Children and Adolescents, these include offering
Psychotherapy and Counselling in both Primary and Secondary School settings, Community Based Services for Children and Adolescents and as a Mental Health Trainer for a large charity. Siobain is currently the Clinical Lead for an Independent Fostering Agency, teaches at BBK on the Child and Adolescent MSc and Adult MSc Programmes and has a small private practice where she offers supervision, clinical work with Children and Adolescents and engages in direct work with Parents and Carers.
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.
Judith Anderson is a Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist with a background in psychiatry. Interested in the intersection of psychotherapy with societal issues for many years, she has been particularly focussed on the climate crisis for over 15 of these. She is currently Chair of Climate Psychology Alliance, an organisation with an international reach which researches and publishes, develops methods of therapeutic support, provides CPD for psychological professionals, has a particular concern for Youth and offers talks and consultation for organisations and businesses.
Hicham Jabrane is a psychodynamic counsellor, psychotherapist and group convener interested in Group Analysis and Organisational Consultancy. He is an associate lecturer, Birkbeck MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, visiting lecturer/consultant at Tavistock GRC (Dec 2022), former Chair of the Birkbeck Counselling Association (MI of BPC), Committee member/Co–treasurer of Belgrade Symposium 2023, ‘When Divided Worlds Meet: Confluences of Identity, Culture, Continuity and Change’ for Group Analytic Society International.
His broad multi–lingual clinical experience covers a range of settings: therapeutic communities, NHS inter– cultural Counselling, Refugees/Asylum seekers, Secondary & SEMH schools, the film industry as well as convening weekly support groups for International Medical Graduates for NHS Practitioner Health and Health Education England. He is a believer in, as Jan Baker put it, the power of people working together to help build community, whilst recognising this is an ongoing and not an easy process.
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