Monsters 'R' Us: 

    Do we create them or do they create us ?

    Saturday 4th June 2016, 10:00 – 16:30
    Institute of Group Analysis,
    1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

    This innovative workshop will explore the world of ‘MONSTERS’, both those of the past and the way in which the word is used nowadays to signify particular kinds of crime, action and intent. The day will include two lectures, a creative workshop and large group exploration.

    Who is it for? This workshop is suitable for clinicians, group analysts,  therapists and people interested  in how we create deviance and ‘monstrous’ ness in our life groups.

    The creative workshop and the large group will be facilitated by Jale Cilasun and Lawrence Ladden. The creative workshop will begin by whole group brain storming their associations to monsters. Then in small groups we will explore the felt sense(s) contained in ‘monster’ experience and then share the creations.


    Martin Weegmann: 'Not honour'd with a human shape'- learning from monsters of old

    Martin will talk about the historical role of monsters in culture and what they can tell us about how we, as human beings, define ourselves. With the aid of illustrations he will touch upon the witches, the novel Jekyll and Hyde and the 19th century 'freak show'.

    Gwen Adshead: ‘Things of darkness; why we need monsters’

    Gwen will talk about the modern use of monsters, constructions of ‘monstrous’ ness in our conversations about ourselves and others, with forensic implications.


    Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She trained at St George's hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis. For over 15 years, she worked as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, running psychotherapeutic groups for offenders, as well as providing reflective practice for staff and consulting on organisational dynamics.  She is now working as a locum consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at a medium Secure Unit in Hampshire. Gwen has published a number of books and over 100 papers, book chapters and commissioned articles on forensic psychotherapy, ethics in psychiatry, and attachment theory as applied to medicine and forensic psychiatry. Last year she was awarded a Presidential Medal for services to psychiatry, especially her work in psychiatric ethics.

    Martin Weegmann is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, with 30 years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse and personality disorders and is a well-known trainer, delivering workshops and lectures throughout the UK. Martin edited, Psychodynamics of Addiction (2002, Wiley) and Group Psychotherapy and Addiction (2004, Wiley), and published many book chapters and papers, in a range of journals. His book, The World within the Group: Developing Theory for Group Analysis (Karnac, 2014) is a major contribution to group analysis and his new book, Permission to Narrate: Explorations with Group Analysis, is out soon (Karnac, 2016). Over time, his interests have broadened to include those connected to narration and the 'literary mind', and he appreciates the role of historical inquiries as a way to understand 'the present'.

    Jale Cilasun is a Consultant Psychiatrist, Medical Psychotherapist and trainer of psychiatrists at South West London and St. George’s NHS Trust. She is a group analyst with training responsibilities at the Institute of Group Analysis, London. She is particularly interested in median and large groups and their uses in both therapeutic and training contexts. She incorporates mindfulness practice into her clinical team work. 

    Lawrence J. Ladden is a Clinical and Health Psychologist. He teaches mindfulness at the LOC (Leaders in Oncology Care). He served as a senior instructor with the Penn Program for Mindfulness of the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System in the United States from 1998 until 2013. He founded and teaches Contemplative Group Dynamics - a formal approach to integrating mindfulness - awareness with group work.


    09:30    Registration and refreshments
    10:00    Introduction to the day by Jale Cilasun
    10:10    Lecture by Martin Weegmann
    11:10    Refreshments
    11:30    Workshop - Jale Cilasun and Lawrence Ladden
    13:00    Lunch (provided)
    14:00    Lecture by Gwen Adshead
    15:00    Refreshments
    15:15    Large Group
    16:30    End

    Ticket prices ( Early Bird / Full ):
    Early Bird Deadline 6th May 2016

    Public                                                £139 / £159

    IGA Members                                   £119 / £139

    IGA Students                                    £99 / £119

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