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Professor Brett Kahr - Academic Consultant to Confer, and Editor-in-Chief, Confer Books.

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over 40 years. He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London and, also, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health. A Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy and a Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre, he is also a Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications.

Kahr is the author or editor of twelve books, including D.W. Winnicott: A Biographical Portrait, which won the Gradiva Award for Biography, as well as the best-selling Sex and the Psyche, a study of the traumatic origins of sexual fantasies. His most recent book is entitled How to Flourish as a Psychotherapist. He is also Series Editor of over 55 further titles on forensic psychotherapy; the history of psychoanalysis; and couple and family psychoanalysis.

Formerly Resident Psychotherapist on BBC Radio 2, Kahr maintains a long-standing interest in the dissemination of psychological knowledge to the general public.

He currently serves as Trustee of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and, also, as Chair of the Academic Membership Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

He has had the privilege of working as Academic Consultant to Confer since its inception in 1998 and, more recently, he has become Editor-in-Chief of Confer Books, working alongside Jane Ryan, the Chief Executive Officer, and Dr Rod Tweedy, the Commissioning Editor.

For queries regarding Confer Books, please contact, in the first instance, Dr Rod Tweedy, at:
Professor Brett Kahr

Past and present Confer events
Postgraduate Training in Psychopathology
Deep CPD

Working with Sexuality: Bodies, Desires and Imagination
Online module

The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation
Online module

Forensic Psychotherapy: Pathologies and Treatment Strategies
Online module

The Pleasures and Perils of a Psychotherapeutic Career
Saturday 2 November 2019

The Voiceless and Unheard
Saturday 6 July 2019

Confer's 20th Anniversary Conference!
Saturday 24 November 2018

Bombs in the Consulting Room
Saturday 9 June 2018

Psychotherapy is a Cultural Issue
Saturday 22 April 2017

Interpretation or Intersubjective Communication?
Saturday 19 March 2016

Why are we Murderous?
The Psychodynamic Treatment of the Forensic Patient

Saturday 17 October 2015

Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
Friday 10 October 2014

Psychotherapeutic Skills Summer School - Working with 'Borderline patients'
Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 2 July 2011

Facing Sexuality
Saturday 1 October 2011
Cultural Narratives and Psychological Therapies
Friday 4 & Saturday 5 April 2008
The Big Idea
Friday 5 (evening) and Saturday 6 March 2010

Book of the Month
Brett Kahr's Top Ten Psychotherapy Books - 2018
Professor Brett Kahr certainly knows something about the art of authoring books. Over the years he has written or edited twelve volumes, and has served as series editor of some fifty further titles. Earlier this year, he published New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy: Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon (Karnac Books, 2018)... More >>
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