Block and Twice-weekly Therapy in Training: “East is East and West is West and Never the Twain Shall Meet”? Informing choice for Qualifying Course candidates

    Date: Saturday 29 February 2020
    Venue: Institute of Group Analysis, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY
    Time: 10:00am – 14:30pm

    The research project presented at this workshop was prompted by discussions at the National Training Management Committee after a formal request from a student accepted on the London QC to be able to undertake the London Training whilst remaining in block therapy. Since which time several other similar enquiries have been made.  

    It quickly became clear that although there were many views on the relative merits of the two forms of personal therapy, there was no objective evidence regarding this. A small working party comprising David Carter, Debra Nash, Andy Thomas, and Ewa Wojciechowska was convened in order to explore this further. The working group undertook a formal survey of members focusing particularly on the lived experience of twice-weekly and the block therapy approaches and considered the issues of comparability and equivalence of the two models.

    The conclusion of the report will be presented, and participants will be invited to discuss the implications of these findings for our Training Community and the anomalies and dilemmas around the current position.





    Formal presentation by David Carter with response from Christopher Scanlon


    “Goldfish Bowl”  Convened Isobel Conlon (Group will be comprised of Training Group Analysts with experience of conducting block and twice weekly groups)




    Large group discussion – Andy Thomas and Ewa Wojciechowska




    David Carter is a Group Analyst and Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He worked for over thirty years in the NHS, initially as a clinician, operational manager and lead for psychological services. He is currently in private practice in East Sussex where he offers individual and group analytic psychotherapy, clinical supervision and reflective practice.

    Isobel Conlon is a Training Group Analyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice based in Leeds. She has been a Training Group Analyst and Training Supervisor on the IGA Qualifying course in Manchester since 2008.  She has  35 years experience of conducting and supervising groups  in the NHS, Voluntary and private sectors. She is currently Chair of the  IGA’s Student Progression Committee

    Christopher Scanlon (DPhil) Consultant Psychotherapist in Adult and Forensic Mental Health, Psychosocial Researcher/Consultant, Training Group Analyst and Group Relations practitioner He trained as a Group Analyst in London, is a professional member of Irish Group Analytic Society (IGAS) and has worked as Training Group Analyst on the Manchester and Turvey Qualifying programs.

    Chaired by Monica Doran (QC Director London) and Andy Espey (Diploma Convenor Turvey)

    CPD certificates will be provided.

    This is a Free workshop for All IGA students and members (Please use your StudentID or Membership Number when registering).

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