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 co-chaired by Dr Alla Rubitel, Psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy, and Gabrielle Brown, Adult Psychotherapist both at the Portman Clinic.

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.

This course has closed for the 2019/20 academic year. New dates for this course will be advertised here in due course. Please contact us at to be added to the waiting list.

Programme for the next series in 2020/21 to be confirmed. 

Previous series have included:

Working with offenders
Use of the body not the mind

What is a perversion?
Aggression and violence
Understanding the Language of Violence


Group therapy at the Portman Clinic

Professional Boundary Violations; understanding and prevention

Consulting to the  institutions working with offenders

To be confirmed

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
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
Course lead:
Dr Alla Rubitel

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