The Talking Cure

A postgraduate conference open to students from all disciplines and all Universities

Join the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies for a postgraduate conference on 'the talking cure'. We welcome students from all disciplines to discuss the concept of the talking cure in clinical, social, and cultural contexts.

Classic case studies, by the early Freudians, Jung, and others, established psychodynamic psychotherapy as ‘the talking cure’; a form of verbal therapy that enables the expression of repressed emotions, feelings, and experiences. Almost every form of psychotherapy deployed by health professionals today has been informed by some variation of this originally psychoanalytic idea of talking as a cure.

Join us as we discuss the important inheritance of classic psychodynamic ideas to address and engage with the most recent developments and revisions in psychodynamic psychotherapy.  We will be exploring ideas from Freudian, Jungian, object-relations, Lacanian, relational, interpersonal, group psychology, self-psychology, and other orientations.

This is a postgraduate conference and the panel will consist of clinical trainees, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. To reserve your place now, please use the link below:

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The Talking Cure

Want to take part? Here's how:

The conference welcomes presentations that utilise psychodynamic concepts in clinical, social, psychosocial and cultural contexts, as well as interdisciplinary research. We would like to encourage all PhD and MA students from the University of Essex and other UK universities to submit proposals.

We are particularly interested in UK and international postgraduate students who are integrating psychodynamic ideas into their research or investigating unconscious dynamics through other disciplines (psychosocial studies, philosophy, sociology, politics, refugee and migration studies, psychology, literature, film studies etc.) We also invite those who question and critically assess the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy in clinical practice.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words as well as a bio by 9 March 2020.  

To submit your abstract or discuss submission details, please contact our conference organisers:

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