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.

The lecture series will be chaired by Dr Reena Manghnani, Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy at the Portman Clinic. Each month, 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.


5th October – Introduction by Dr Reena Manghnani (Course Lead) and lecture by Dr Jessica Yakeley - “Working with offender patients”

2nd November – Mr Don Campbell - “What is perversion?”

7th December – Ms Gabrielle Brown - “Self-Murder” – Psychoanalytic Thinking about suicide

11th January – Ms Marianne Parsons - “Aggression and violence”

1st February – Dr Stephen Blumenthal - “Violence as tragedy, violence as tyranny”

1st March – Ms Eleanor Fellowes – “Consulting to forensic institutions”

29th March – Ms Valli Kohon - “Fetishism” (to be confirmed)

26th April – Dr Andrew Williams - “Female Perversion - the Violation of Care and the Body”

14th June – Mr John Woods - “Boundary violations”

5th July – Dr Gwen Adshead - “Psychodynamic Group therapy in the treatment of 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, psychiatry, psychology and therapy services especially treating those with personality disorders, women’s refuges, support for the homeless and pupil referral units.

Dr Reena Manghnani is the Course Lead for this series. She is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy (Forensic Psychiatry & Medical Psychotherapy) at the Portman Clinic, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Jessica Yakeley is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy and Director of the Portman Clinic, and Director of Medical Education, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society, Editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Vice-Chair of the Medical Psychotherapy Faculty.

Mr Donald Campbell is a training and supervising psychoanalyst, Distinguished Fellow, past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and former Secretary General of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Ms Marianne Parsons is a child and adult psychoanalyst and a child and adolescent psychotherapist. Originally a teacher, she trained in child analysis at the Hampstead Clinic (later renamed the Anna Freud Centre) then joined the staff as Head of Clinical Training.

Ms Gabrielle Brown is an adult psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic, where she also leads the D59F Forensic Psychotherapy training.

Dr Stephen Blumenthal is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice and at the Portman Clinic, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Ms Eleanor Fellows consults to teams across the NHS, criminal justice system and third sector. Before working at the Portman, she was a probation officer and has extensive experience of working in community and custodial settings.

Dr Andrew Williams is a psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychiatrist. He worked at the Portman Clinic for 15 years, providing group and individual psychotherapy for patients presenting with perverse and/or violence behaviours.

Mr John Woods is a Member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and the Institute of Group Analysis.

Dr Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She has worked as a psychotherapist in different forensic settings for over twenty years. She is a founder member and past President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy; and has been visiting Professor at Yale and Gresham College.

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

'The course is well structured and has highlight importance concepts of psychoanalytic ideas in relation to violence, perversion and sexuality'.

'Very informed speakers and an amazing facilitator'.

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

I think the training at the Tavi is outstanding and I have hugely benefitted from the courses I've taken. More, please!

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.
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.

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

The course will run from 6.15pm to 7.45pm on the following Tuesdays:

  • 5th October, 2nd November and 7th December 2021
  • 11th January, 1st February, 1st March, 29th March, 26th April, 14th June and 5th July 2022

Please note that the first session will be extended to include a course orientation and is likely to finish about 8.30pm.

The course fee is £580.

To book your place click on the 'Apply' button on the left of the screen.

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 length:
9 months
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Admission status:
October 2021 to July 2022

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