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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
The Pleasures and Perils of a Psychotherapeutic Career
How to flourish in the impossible profession
A One-Day Workshop with Professor Brett Kahr

Saturday 2 November 2019 - London

The psychotherapist can help restore broken marriages and mend shattered families. The psychotherapist also has the potential to save people from killing themselves. Yet the burdens of working psychotherapeutically can be immense, not only emotionally, but, also, medically across the life cycle. In this specially constructed one-day workshop, Professor Brett Kahr will share his extensive 40 years of experience, investigating both the pitfalls and the pleasures of this unusual but vital profession. Providing a first-hand glimpse into the entire life cycle of the psychotherapist from the early years of training to preparation for retirement and death, the workshop will offer participants a privileged glimpse into his thinking about the factors which either facilitate or inhibit our creative growth across our working lives.


Professor Brett Kahr
Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over forty 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 fifty-five 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... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Early bird: £100 (SOLD OUT)
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (Limited to 10 places)
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

6th Floor
Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch break
15:00 Tea
17:00 End