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Political Violence and the Dialectics of Hope

Presented by Professor Andrew Samuels
Saturday 11 May 2019: 12.30 p.m.

Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP

Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will  be available from 12 noon

Tickets: £15
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Most liberal-minded people speak up for non-violence and admire Gandhi. Therapists are usually aligned with this ideal. But is it a psychologically sustainable position? Are there circumstances in which political violence is, to use Hannah Arendt’s word, ‘rational’? In this fascinating and thought provoking lecture the speaker will argue that working through ambivalences concerning this kind of thinking may offer us a firmer and more realistic foundation for hope in times when it is difficult to feel hope in relation to politics. This lecture will provide insights about Andrew’s work and his methods – how he draws on a wide range of approaches to psyche, including post-Jungian, relational psychoanalytic and humanistic ideas; but roots his work in citizens’ lived experience, and in what can be learned from therapy work carried out with political awareness. While Andrew does not disguise his background in progressive and left-wing politics and his commitment to diversity and equality, he remains open-minded and celebrates many different takes on social and political issues. 

Andrew Samuels is recognised internationally as one of the foremost political commentators and theorists from the perspectives of psychotherapy and depth psychology. He works as a consultant with political leaders, parties and activist groups in several countries, including the United States. He also consults to the NHS. Andrew is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, in private practice in London, and Professor of Analytical Psychology at the University of Essex. He was Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and one of the two founders (with Judy Ryde) of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.

His many books have been translated into 21 languages, including: Jung and the Post-Jungians (1985); A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis (1986); The Father (1986); Psychopathology (1989); The Plural Psyche (1989); The Political Psyche (1993); Politics on the Couch (2001); Persons, Passions, Psychotherapy, Politics (2014); Relational Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling: Appraisals and Reappraisals (edited with Del Loewenthal, 2014). His latest books are A New Therapy for Politics? (2015) and Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Analysis (edited with Emilija Kiehl and Mark Saban, 2016). A number of his articles, lectures and videos are available on:




Coming home, becoming home: making stories and art as inquiry

Presented by: Jonathan & Tess Wyatt

Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP

Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 6.30 pm

Home is often spoken of as singular and as a noun, as are its clichés. ‘Home is where the heart is.’ ‘Home sweet home.’ Home is a place, a somewhere. We move home. Leave home. Return home. Or don’t, the politics ever present. Yet home might be multiple, fluid, transient, provisional, a process; a verb. Neither one, thing nor another, a state of mind. A constant simultaneous making and re-making, dismantling and re-building, even as we might feel ‘settled’ and ‘at home’. A persistent state of being in the threshold, of being in-between.

In this lecture we will work through stories and art that draw from our experience of and since moving to Scotland, to inquire into notions of ‘home’. We entwine (and perhaps trouble) the personal and the cultural, the internal and the external, the material and the affective, in order to bring alive the complexities of what home might be(come).

Jonathan Wyatt is Professor of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also Director of the new Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry. Until July of this year he was, for four years Head of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences. He has published widely on collaborative writing, autoethnography and loss, and is due to complete a book, Therapy, Stand-up and the Gesture of Writing: Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry, by the end of July 2018, to be published by Routledge.

Tess Wyatt is an artist, teacher and expressive arts facilitator. She has held three art exhibitions since moving to Edinburgh in 2013, has contributed to two edited collections on collaborative writing and has co-authored a number of articles and book chapters.

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Alienation in Families: On Reflection and Action

Presented by: Nick Child

Monday 14 May 2018, 6.30pm for 7pm lecture

Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP

Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 6.30 pm

Professionals who work with families are familiar with situations in which one separated parent turns a child against the other parent for no good reason. In addition – and topical given the new law on coercive control – emotional abuse is hard to detect and understand. Alienation is a relational concept that has been used in many ways. Thinking about its meanings can transform what we do. In this absorbing and inspirational lecture Nick will argue that a better understanding of the concept could change lives.

Nick Child is a retired CAMHS psychiatrist. He was taught by Jock Sutherland and has actively promoted psychoanalytical psychotherapy, family therapy, and child psychotherapy. He organised the Pitlochry Conference in the 1980s. Since retiring, Nick has worked part-time in the small family therapy team at Bright Light relationship counselling. Campaigning to promote family therapy in the non-statutory sector, coincided with his learning more about Parental Alienation from a client.

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What does Therapy have to say about
personal and political life
and how do we do it?


Presented by: Susie Orbach

Monday 30 October 5.00pm for lecture at 5.30pm (please note the earlier start time than usual)

Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP

Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 5.00pm

Dr. Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre. Susie is the author of several books including Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies.  In her most recent book, In Therapy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy – what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help – through five dramatised case studies which were originally broadcast as a Radio 4 series.

In this lecture, Susie will play an untransmitted episode and talk about the issues that come up. She will use the session to make links to and reflect on the pressing political issues of our times.

Tickets: £15 (£7.50, student and unwaged) available at Queen’s Hall Box Office
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SPRING LECTURE 2017: Dr Margaret Hannah

Sutherland Trust Spring Lecture
Humanising Healthcare: Patterns of Hope for a System under Strain
Presented by Dr Margaret Hannah

Wednesday 10 May, Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ
Doors 6.30pm (refreshments) Lecture 7pm.

Current pressures on the NHS have built up as the result of underlying beliefs which underpin structures and behaviours.  Radical renewal of the NHS will come from questioning these assumptions and growing a new culture of health and social care based on a different set of premises.  Offering hope to both NHS and wider public sector colleagues, Margaret Hannah will share her first-hand knowledge of pioneering approaches to service renewal which focus on enhancing human experience and human relations, with a particular focus on her experiences of successful innovation in the culture of care in Fife. MargaretHannah

Margaret Hannah is Director of Public Health for NHS Fife.  She studied medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and later trained in public health in Hong Kong and London.  Margaret has pioneered fresh thinking in public health and the culture of healthcare.  She was part of a five year enquiry into culture and wellbeing which in 2012 culminated in the publication of The Future Public Health (Open University Press). In 2014, she published Humanising Healthcare: Patterns of Hope for a System under Strain (Triarchy Press).  In addition to her role in Fife, Dr Hannah is a visiting professor at Robert Gordon University and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

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AUTUMN LECTURE 2016: Gillian Ruch

Sutherland Trust Autumn Lecture

Sustaining relationships in austere times: challenges and opportunities

Presented by Professor Gillian Ruch

Tuesday 29th November 2016, Doors 6.30pm (refreshments) Lecture 7pm.

Central Hall
2 West Tollcross

Human services professions such as social work, education and health and social care are experiencing a resurgence in interest in relationship–based approaches to practice. The reasons for this renewed interest in relational approaches to professional practice will be outlined and, informed by the psychoanalytic and systemic concepts of curiosity, containment and social defence systems, the nature of these contemporary versions of relationship–based practice will be explored. An argument will be made for a model of practice that embraces and promotes the paradoxical professional qualities of ‘vulnerable competence’ and ‘confrontational empathy’ in order to counter the anxious, austere and avoidance responses to the perverse and pervasive colonisation of practice by New Public Management.

Gillian Ruch is Professor of Social Work at the University of Sussex. She teaches and researches in the areas of child care social work and relationship-based and reflective practice and is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of children, families and practitioners. Her particular interests are in promoting psycho-social research methods and reflective forums that facilitate relationship-based practice. Gillian has co-edited, with Danielle Turney and Adrian Ward, Relationship-based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice. Gillian’s most recent publication Relationship-Based Research in Social Work: Understanding Practice Research, is co-edited with Ilse Julkenen from the University of Helsinki.

Tickets: £15 (£7.50, student and unwaged) available at Queen’s Hall Box Office
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Presented by Dr. Desmond Ryan
Wed 18 May 2016, 6.30pm for lecture at 7.00pm
Lauriston Hall, Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ
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British children consistently score low on comparative measures of self-confidence, while Spanish children usually do well. Sociologically viewed, what makes the difference? Using materials from interviews with Spanish 12-14s selected for high self-confidence, this lecture will present an ecological model of their life-world, emphasising the positive reinforcements such children receive in relationships with family, school and friends. Seen in a psychodynamic perspective, the model of their lifeworld maps very closely onto the separating-towards-independence model developed by Winnicott from his work with very young children. For the infant, the mother IS the environment; for older children the environment is more complex.  In each case it needs to be ‘good enough’ to facilitate development and the confidence to meet the challenges of increased independence. Based on his research Dr Ryan suggests a model to improve not only the self-confidence of our young teenagers, but to provide guidance for anyone facing major life changes.

Dr Desmond Ryan is a former trustee of the Sutherland Trust, and a qualitative sociologist with a special interest in the caring professions. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Health in Social Science and has carried out research at home, in Europe and in Cuba.

Tickets: £15 (£7.50 student and unwaged and Friend of the Trust) available at the Queen’s Hall Box Office or can be purchased at Lauriston Hall on the day.
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