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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
About Confer

Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships

Finding the connections...

CONFER is an independent organisation established by psychotherapists in 1998 to provide innovative, challenging and inspiring continuing educational events for psychotherapists, psychologists and other mental health workers. Through our seminars and conferences we have made our mark by presenting the cutting edge of thinking and theory in order to deepen our understanding of the mind and to demonstrate the connections between different schools of thought within the psychotherapy domain. Our seminar leaders and panels are chosen from the most experienced practitioners and contemporary theorists to present the latest research findings and theoretical developments.

Confer events are also designed for the participants' well-being. With that in mind, we provide time and space for people to network, thoughtfully prepared materials and other resources. Our goal is to create a friendly and secure learning community to support people in their clinical work and professional lives. We recognise that, while professional psychotherapists or other mental health workers are required to continue learning and developing skills throughout their careers, doing so in a meaningful way takes considerable commitment. We aim to provide our colleagues with skills and knowledge that lead to increased professional confidence, better work and an edge in the field.

Who attends Confer events?
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychoanalysts
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Counsellors
  • Complementary medical practitioners

Who runs Confer?

Directors Dr Stephen Setterberg
Dr Joel Oberstar
CEO Jane Ryan (
Editor-in-Chief Professor Brett Kahr
Director of Confer Ireland Donna Redmond (
Bookings & Finance Manager Jenny Keen ( )
IT Manager Ryan Murphy (
Admin Manager Cressida Moger (
Conference and Events Manager Alice Waterfall (
Commissioning Editor Dr Rod Tweedy (
Video Producer Louise Smith (
Logistics Manager Josh Daniel (
Marketing and Communications Manager Kieran Falconer (
Speaker Participation Coordinator Sheila Kibukamusoke (
Video Editor Lucy Ventura (
Graphic Designer Will Slegg (Graphic Designer)
Advisory Board Rotimi Akinsete
Richard Atienza-Hawkes
Roz Carroll
Linda Cundy
Dr Miltiades Hadjiosif
Professor Brett Kahr
Jenny Riddell
Dr Adah Sachs
Dr Maggie Turp
Rebekah Ball
Other advisors include Dr Neil Altman
Dr Doris Brothers
Dr Angela Cotter
Dr Dianne Lefevre
Professor David Peters
Professor Andrew Samuels
Dr Valerie Sinason
Laurie Slade
Henry Strick van Linschoten
Dr Alan Watkins
Elizabeth Wilde McCormick
Dr Felicity de Zulueta

American Psychological Association

Confer is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Confer maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Environmental policy

Confer has developed a policy to help to reduce the ecological impact of our events.
View our environmental policy.