The Group Going on Being: Destruction, Survival and Creativity - a Meeting between Winnicott and Foulkes

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S.H. Foulkes (1898-1976) and Donald Winnicott (1896-1971) were both physicians, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts. Winnicott is usually thought of primarily in relation to individual development and psychoanalysis, and Foulkes in relation to the group, but in fact Winnicott’s theories can also be seen as profoundly social: the “environment-individual set-up”. Foulkes was always fully committed to psychoanalysis.


In this day-conference we will discuss the importance of Winnicott’s central theories to the practice of group-analytic psychotherapy, in particular to the “continuity of being” of the group, to the complex nature of group development and to the deep, shared emotional life of the group over time and developmental stages. 



Speakers: Sheila Ritchie, Mike Tait and David Vincent

Sheila Ritchie, group analyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist will talk about her experience of working with mothers and babies in groups.

Mike Tait, group analyst and drama-therapist, will conduct an interactive workshop exploring overlapping themes in Winnicott and Foulkes that relate to work with adolescence – particularly in therapeutic communities.

David Vincent, group analyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, will discuss the closeness of Winnicott’s and Foulkes ideas in groups for adults.



10:00 - 10:15     Introduction to the day


10:15 – 11:15     “Babyhood” with Sheila Ritchie


11:15 – 11:30     Coffee break


11:30 – 12:30      “Adolescence” with Mike Tait


12:30 - 14:30     Lunch (provided)


13:30 – 14:30      “Adulthood” with David Vincent


14:40 – 15:40     Small discussion groups


15.40 – 16:00     Tea/coffee

16:00 – 17:00      Closing session

WORKSHOP FEES // Early Bird until 1 Sept 2018

IGA Students                               £49 / £59   

IGA/Squiggle Members               £59 / £69   

Public fee                                    £69 / £79   


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