Introducing psychoanalytic ideas on violence, delinquency and sexual deviation (CPD70)
Develop your skills to understand sexual acting out, criminality and violence through a psychoanalytic lens
This course – an online series of monthly lectures and follow-up discussion – introduces the key concepts from the psychodynamic and developmental understanding of sexual acting out, criminality and violence. It is aimed at a wide range of professionals who are interested in gaining some psychoanalytic understanding of these challenging issues.
Aims and learning objectives
By the end of the course, participants will have detailed insight into the developmental trajectories and psychic states of those who enact internal difficulties in ways that bring them, or may bring them, into conflict with the law. There are also networking opportunities for professionals working with clients with similar difficulties across the health, social care and criminal justice systems.
Who is this course for?
This is an introductory course aimed at a wide range of professionals and clinicians. Past cohorts have included delegates drawn from the following settings in the public, private and third sector:
- criminal justice (including prisons, young offenders’ institutions, chaplaincy, probation services)
- mental and physical health
- psychiatry, psychology and therapy services especially treating those with personality disorders
- women’s refuges
- support for the homeless
- pupil referral units
This course has now closed for bookings. Please ‘Register your interest’ to be informed about future opportunities to take this course.
The course comprises an early evening online seminar once a month for ten months – October to July.
The next course will run on the following dates:
|Sessions||Date||Start time||End time|
|Session 1/10||12 October 2023||6pm||7.30pm|
|Session 2/10||9 November 2023||7pm||8.30pm|
|Session 3/10||14 December 2023||6pm||7.30pm|
|Session 4/10||18 January 2024||6pm||7.30pm|
|Session 5/10||8 February 2024||6pm||7.30pm|
|Session 6/10||14 March2024||6pm||7.30pm|
|Session 7/10||18 April 2024||6pm||7.30pm|
|Session 8/10||9 May 2024||6pm||7.30pm|
|Session 9/10||13 June 2024||6pm||7.30pm|
|Session 10/10||11 July 2024||6pm||7.30pm|
This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.
You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.
The lecture series will be chaired by the course lead, Dr Reena Manghnani, consultant psychiatrist in forensic psychotherapy at the Portman Clinic. Each month, lectures will be given by leading experts in the field of forensic psychotherapy. After each lecture, you will have an opportunity to discuss the issues raised and to bring up related interests and experience from your own work.
The focus of the talks and discussion will be on those clients/patients who are often referred to as complex, difficult or antisocial: they act out in criminal and/or violent ways or their sexual behaviour damages themselves or other people. Having ways of thinking about and understanding something of this behaviour often helps the people who work with them to manage the challenges they present.
Whilst the course comprises a series of individual lectures, it is intended to be followed in its entirety. The programme has been designed holistically such that later lectures build on ideas from earlier in the series and discussion becomes increasingly integrated as understanding is consolidated.
|12 October 2023||Welcome, an introduction to the course and the work of the Portman Clinic||Dr Reena Manghnani|
|9 November 2023||Working with offender patients||Dr Jessica Yakeley|
|14 December 2023||Self-Murder – Psychoanalytic thinking about suicide||Ms Gabrielle Brown|
|18 January 2024||Aggression and violence||Ms Marianne Parsons|
|8 February 2024||What is perversion?||Mr Don Campbell|
|14 March 2024||Female perversion – the violation of care and the body||Dr Andrew Williams|
|18 April 2024||Attachment theory in forensic psychiatry||Dr Gwen Adshead|
|9 May 2024||Violence as tragedy, violence as tyranny||Dr Stephen Blumenthal|
|13 June 2024||Group psychotherapy||Mr John Woods|
|11 July 2024||Social attitudes towards sexual behaviour||Mr John Woods|
Each lecture will be supplemented with a selection of relevant supporting readings accessible online. Links will be provided to access the materials directly via the library subscription included with the course
During the course, participants are expected to be in a private space, where they can engage with other participants and live course learning, without interruption for the duration of the session and with access to a device with a webcam that is turned on. There is an expectation that participants will set aside sufficient time to read the designated course reading, approximately two papers per seminar.
Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership to the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.
Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books.
Our information skills trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying), as well as various online resources including audio/video playlists.
Consultant psychiatrist in forensic psychotherapy
Psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist
Register your interest
Bookings are now closed. Register your interest to join our waiting list and be the first to hear when this course reopens.