Date: Friday 4 October 2019
Time: 10am to 4pm
Trainers: Christopher Vincent, Couple Psychotherapist, Trainer and Researcher; Liz Salter, Psychodynamic Individual and Couple Counsellor; and Andrew Balfour, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Adult and Couple Psychotherapist, Chief Executive of Tavistock Relationships
Fee: £118 (£108 if booked and paid for by 23 August 2019)
Venue: Central London (please note the event is on floor 4 and lift access will not be available)
Course code: TBC
CPD hours: 6
The subject of illness and how it relates to couple functioning is often an overlooked area of research and clinical practice. This workshop will seek to redress that balance, and to offer up new ways of understanding the ways in which illness can play out dynamically between a couple. After all, as Susan Sontag puts it, serious ‘illness is the night-side of life’, and is likely to affect us all at certain times.
Illness can be difficult to work with therapeutically due to a shared avoidance within the couple, which may be colluded with defensively by the therapist. It can be difficult to put words to the loss that a couple is facing, and to the challenges illness poses to the pre-illness projective system, including those demanded by the new roles of carer and cared-for. It can also be daunting for therapists to become involved with embodied experiences, and to consider the body as an object on a par with other objects that inhabit our inner worlds.
Christopher Vincent, Liz Salter and Andrew Balfour will bring their experiences of working with couples where one or both partners suffer from serious illnesses which include Huntington’s disease, dementia and cancer. They will examine the idea of illness as an existential state, and one which can be thought about across a range of different long-term and chronic health conditions.
They will draw on research and their clinical experience to flesh out a rich psychoanalytic account of the effects of illness on the couple relationship – and how to work with these therapeutically. This workshop is aimed at clinicians working with couples who are suffering from a broad range of illnesses as well as those seeking to expand their expertise in this area. Delegates are encouraged to bring material for case discussion.
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