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Nearly 80,000 Children And Young People Suffer From Severe Depression
There is a growing body of outcome research from the UK and abroad demonstrating the efficacy of child and adolescent psychotherapy.
72% of children in care have behavioural or emotional problems - these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Three children in every classroom has a diagnosable mental health disorder
Members of the Association of Child Psychotherapists are committed to engaging with the complex emotional lives of children and families.
One in 12 children and young people deliberately harm themselves
We are working to raise awareness of the importance of children and young people's mental health and increase access for children and families to child and adolescent psychotherapy services.
“Actually, maybe anything really does go!” Perspectives from psychotherapy research on the place of theory in therapy.
This talk addresses the challenge that contemporary psychotherapy research makes to the different schools and brand-names of therapy and analysis. It takes its title from Paul Feyerabend’s oft-cited claim in Against Method – Towards an anarchist theory of science (1975) that “anything goes” in terms of scientific method and from the rallying call by the eminent psychoanalyst David Tuckett in 2005 that psychoanalysis needs to defend itself from such a claim when defining what competence in analysis looks like. I shall survey some of the debates about claims for and against the superiority of one therapy over another and put forward the idea that although theory has an important place for the clinician to help them understand what they are aiming to do, it is probably much less relevant for the patient/client. I indicate what the research suggests is more important.
The talk will span a range of therapeutic approaches and will address shibboleths and certainties that we all hold dear in one way or another, whilst keeping sight of the fact that, generally, psychotherapy works and that there should be more of it.
Anyone trying to make sense of the claims for and against one therapy or another, whether it is CBT or Jungian Analysis, interested in how research in psychotherapy has developed since Eysenck’s 1952 attack on psychoanalysis, and seeking to understand what might make therapy more effective would find this talk of interest. It aims to open up questions rather than give answers, though answers won’t be avoided when the evidence points towards them!
David Hewison, PhD, is a Jungian Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and a Consultant Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Head of Research at Tavistock Relationships, where he runs a Professional Doctorate Programme. He developed an integrative behavioural model of couple therapy for depression for use in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services, and ‘Couple Therapy for Depression – A Clinician’s Guide to Integrative Practice’, written with Clulow and Drake, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. He has taught internationally and has published widely on analytic theory and practice, with an emphasis on creativity and the imagination.
Chair: Hilary Pounsett
Fee - £25
May 20th, 2017 10:00 AM
The SAP Friends Meeting House 91 - 93 Hartington Grove Cambridge, CB1 7UB