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Tavistock Trauma Service: external lectures on trauma summer 2023 lecture 2 (CPD45C)

Ethics in Practice: applied ethics for psychoanalytic practice

This lecture is also available as part of a series.

This innovative series of lectures is organised by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work whilst emphasising an adapted psychoanalytic approach with multi-modality and trauma-informed care.

We also use neurobiological and attachment theory to understand the impact of trauma. Our series will present a range of external speakers, each experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma via a presentation, followed by an audience question and answer session.

Who is this lecture for?

It is for you if you are a professional working within the mental health field who have an interest in trauma. You may be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health nurse, support worker, counsellor or therapist.

Our talks will cover neurobiology, attachment theory and different psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma, including historical child sexual abuse.

Lecture details

This is the second lecture in the summer 2023 series.

Lecture 2: Ethics in Practice: applied ethics for psychoanalytic practice

Thursday 1 June 2023

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Prof. Alessandra Lemma

Prof Alessandra Lemma will explore issues of ethical practice in psychoanalytic therapy – a topic that has considerable overlap with principles of trauma-informed care.

The paper’s main objective is to make the case for the centrality of applied ethics to psychoanalytic practice. It focuses on the articulation of an accessible framework for developing and exercising an identifiable method – an ethical self-discipline – to support critical reflection on psychoanalytic work with patients and to help therapists approach the resolution of ethical dilemmas.  

Key concepts from the field of applied ethics, and bioethics specifically, will be outlined and then re-interpreted for use within a psychoanalytic framework.

This lecture will take place on:

DateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Thursday 1 June 20237pm8.30pmYes

*To enable access to the widest possible audience these lectures are planned to be delivered live, but remotely, as webinars. Where we are able, a recording will be made available to all booked delegates although we encourage live attendance wherever possible. Please see the details above to see if this lecture will be recorded and available after the live event.

These lectures will be delivered remotely using Zoom. You will need a device with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this 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 at to discuss how we can best help you.


“Fantastic webinar about a topic that is difficult to talk about, rarely spoken about and hard to work with. Tonight was very enlightening and encouraging. Certainly will motivate and guide my personal research on the subject and undoubtedly open up my practice hoping to better support my clients.”
“Absolutely stunning – such an in-depth journey into new territory of work with trauma.”
“This lecture has been enormously helpful in providing me with a space to reflect on some of my cases alongside the presentation and discussion.”
“Yet again the standard of lecturers is excellent as well as the variety of viewpoints. Very stimulating course, thank you.”
“Thought provoking, relevant and very interesting.”


Book your place today

You can book a place on this lecture at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before with detailed joining instructions.

Bookings will close 24hrs before the lecture.

Save £15 with a bundle

This lecture is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle for £75 – giving you access to our complete summer 2023 lecture series.

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