Introducing psychoanalytic ideas on violence, delinquency and sexual deviation

Course overview

This course – a series of monthly talks – introduces the key concepts from the psychodynamic and developmental understanding of criminality, violence and sexual deviation.

It is aimed at a wide range of professionals who are interested in gaining some psychoanalytic understanding of sexual deviation, delinquency and violence

Lectures will be given by leading experts in the field of forensic psychotherapy and personality disorder. 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 particular focus of the talks and discussion will be on those clients/patients who are often referred to as complex, difficult or antisocial: they actually 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.

While some people may wish to attend only specific talks during the year, the course has been designed to be taken as a whole. As the course group develops during the year, it helps when ideas generated earlier can then be integrated with later discussion to improve everyone’s understanding.

The series will be chaired by Dr Alla Rubitel, Psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy.

This course will introduce the key concepts from the psychodynamic and developmental understanding of criminality, violence and perversion.

This course would be of interest to those working in mental health, social care or criminal justice settings.

It is aimed at a wide range of professionals who are interested in gaining some psychoanalytic understanding of sexual deviation, delinquency and violence.

8 October 2019 (7pm - 8:30pm)

Jessica Yakeley: Working with offenders

5 November 2019  (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

Carine Minne: Use of the body not the mind

3 December 2019 (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

Donald Campbell: What is a perversion?

14 January 2020 (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

Marianne Parsons: Aggression and violence

4 February 2020 (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

Stephen Blumenthal: “…THOSE TO WHOM EVIL IS DONE, DO EVIL IN RETURN”: Understanding the Language of Violence

3 March 2020 (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

Gabrielle Brown: Self-Murder

21  April 2020 (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

Valli Kohon: Fetishism

5 May 2020 (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

Anne Zachary:  Violence and exhibitionism

9 June 2020 (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

John Woods: Professional Boundary Violations; understanding and prevention

7 July 2020 (6:15pm - 7:45pm)

Stan Ruszczynski: Consulting to the  institutions working with offenders

The fee is £520 per person.

Included in your course fee, you will receive full 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 to navigate our comprehensive electronic collections.  PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use.

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists and Subject Updates, to help you stay on top of latest developments, as well as regularly sharing helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:
Certificate of attendance
Course length:
9 months
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BA
Admission status:
October 2019 to July 2020
Course lead:
Dr Alla Rubitel

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