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Doing difference differently

A collaborative seminar for systemic psychotherapists

Hosted at the Tavistock Centre in London, this collaborative seminar will bring systemic practitioners together for a day of rich, interactive discussion, under the guidance of our faculty and renowned guest speakers.

The seminar will encourage participants to focus on any event or situation in therapy or in life as a context for the process of transformation – prioritising process over permanence, permeability over boundaries, emergence over repetition, and relations over relata. Through presentations and dialogue, we will endeavour to push these concepts and their clinical applications into new tentative and experimental areas of systemic theory and practice.

The seminar will also offer a taste of the approach and work of our celebrated professional doctorate in Advanced practice and research: systemic psychotherapy (M10) – the longest standing systemic doctorate in the UK.

Who is this event for?

This collaborative seminar is open to systemic psychotherapists, researchers and ethnographers, who are interested in incorporating contemporary social science practice and research approaches into their work.

Whether you are already a member of our Advanced practice and research: systemic psychotherapy (M10) community, or looking to learn more about this area and the work of our doctoral programme, you are welcome to join us.


David Mosse is Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS University of London. He has published extensively on the anthropology of religion, environment, development and caste in India. In recent years, he has turned his personal commitments and anthropological curiosity towards psychiatric crisis and mental healthcare. He is leading an ESRC-funded anthropological research on Open Dialogue in the NHS. He trained in Open Dialogue and for 5 years worked as an ethnographer-practitioner in a Community Mental Health team implementing  a large RCT on the approach. He is currently involved in establishing the Centre for Anthropology and Mental Health Research in Action (CAMHRA) at SOAS.

Inga-Britt Krause is a social anthropologist, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist and course lead for the Advanced practice and research: systemic psychotherapy (M10) professional doctorate at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK. She is an international systemic psychotherapy teacher, trainer and supervisor, Visiting Professor in Social Anthropology at University of Oslo and at the Department of Human and Social Sciences, University of Bergamo, and is a consultant to several contemporary anthropological research projects.

Julia Jude is a Systemic Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer, Filmmaker and Lecturer for the Advanced practice and research: systemic psychotherapy (M10) professional doctorate at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK. Julia’s areas of interest include Caribbean, American, African, and indigenous cultural history, black literature, slavery, black radical traditions, and rituals expressed through performance.

Keir Martin is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He is also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is currently head researcher for the Norwegian Research Council funded project ‘Shrinking the Planet’, conducting field research on psychotherapy training in Russia, China and India. He is editor of the volume ‘Psychotherapy, Anthropology and the Work of Culture’, published by Karnac.

Maria Esther Cavagnis is the Director of Studies, Clinical Research Team Coordinator and Senior Tutor in the therapist training programme at the Family Therapy Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a visiting lecturer at several universities in Argentina and Latin America and has worked in private practice since 1982.

Nikita Simpson is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London, and the Co-Director of the new Centre for Anthropology and Mental Health Research in Action (CAMHRA). Nikita’s research has focused on mental health, care and inequality in India, the UK and Australia. Her recent research with Professor Laura Bear,  focused on the impact of Covid-19 on minoritised groups in the UK, and has influenced policy making at local authority, national and EU levels. Nikita’s current research is focused on the racialised, mental health impacts of poor and insecure housing in Birmingham.

Pietro Barbetta is Clinical Director of the International School of Systemic Therapy Bergamo. He is also Professor of Psychodynamic Theories at the Dept. of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Bergamo. Pietro has recently retired from the Directorship of the Milan Center of Family Therapy. Pietro is the author of many books and essays in English, Italian, Spanish and French and Clinical consultant and Lecturer around Europe, the UK and the Americas.

Stephen Mills is a systemic psychotherapist and associate lecturer for the Advanced practice and research: systemic psychotherapy (M10) professional doctorate at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. His doctoral thesis was concerned with children in the care system (in England) and their professional care networks. He continues to work with children in care and their networks one day a week. His interests currently include how the subjectivities of children in care are produced.

Umberta Telfener is a teacher at the Milan School of Family Therapy, Italy, and is Chair of the European Family Therapy Association and its Training Institutes Chamber (EFTA-TIC). She has worked in private practice since 1980.

Event details

  • This collaborative seminar will take place on Thursday 27 June 2024, from 10.00am – 4.30pm at the Tavistock Centre in London
  • The event is free to attend, but you must register to secure your place
  • Further details will be emailed to you after you have signed up
  • CPD certificates will be available to all attendees.

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