Introducing psychoanalytic ideas on violence, delinquency and sexual deviation

Course overview

This course – a series of monthly talks and follow up discussion – introduces the key concepts from the psychodynamic and developmental understanding of sexual acting out, criminality and violence. It is aimed at a wide range of professionals who are interested in gaining some psychoanalytic understanding of these challenging issues.

Lectures will be given by leading experts in the field of forensic psychotherapy. After each talk, you will have an opportunity to discuss the issues raised and to bring up related interests and experience from your own work.

The focus of the talks and discussion will be on those clients/patients who are often referred to as complex, difficult or antisocial: they act out in criminal and/or violent ways or their sexual behaviour damages themselves or other people. Having ways of thinking about and understanding something of this behaviour often helps the people who work with them to manage the challenges they present.

Whilst the course comprises a series of individual lectures, it is intended to be followed in its entirety. The programme has been designed holistically such that later lectures build on ideas from earlier in the series and discussion becomes increasingly integrated as understanding is consolidated.


6th October - Jessica Yakeley - “Working with offender patients”

3rd November - Don Campbell - “What is perversion?”

1st December - Carine Minne - “Use of the body not the mind”

12th January - Marianne Parsons - “Aggression and violence”

2nd February - Stephen Blumenthal - “Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return”

2nd March - Gabrielle Brown - “Self-Murder”

13th April - Valli Kohon - “Fetishism”

4th May - Anne Zachary - “Group therapy at the Portman”

1st June - John Woods  - “Boundary violations”

6th July - Stan Ruszczynski - “Consulting to the institutions working with offenders”

By the end of the course, participants will have detailed insight into the developmental trajectories and psychic states of those who enact internal difficulties in ways that bring them, or may bring them, into conflict with the law.

There are also networking opportunities for professionals working with clients with similar difficulties across the health, social care and criminal justice systems.

This is an introductory course aimed at a wide range of professionals and clinicians. Past cohorts have included delegates drawn from the following settings in the public, private and third sector: criminal justice (including prisons, young offenders’ institutions, chaplaincy, probation services), mental and physical health, psychology and therapy services especially treating those with personality disorders, women’s refuges, support for the homeless and pupil referral units.

The series will be co- chaired by Reena Manghnani and Gabrielle Brown, Adult Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and found it of great learning value'

'…good insight into sexual perversion, delinquency and violence'

'I have really enjoyed the variety of speakers and subject matter'

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together 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.
Additional resources for this course will be provided using Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.

We will be keeping the possibility of providing the opportunity for those delegates who wish to meet face to face at the Tavistock Centre in London later in the course under review.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

New dates will be advertised here in due course. Please contact us at to be added to the waiting list.

New dates will be advertised here in due course. Please contact us at to be added to the waiting list.

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying).Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists, and regularly share helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

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Course lead:
Dr Alla Rubitel

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