BCPC periodically invites a distinguished person from the fields of counselling and psychotherapy to give a talk at a special event. These conferences are open to the public and give an unparalleled opportunity to listen to and engage with cutting-edge theorists and practitioners.
Previous speakers have included:
Phil Mollon lecture (2012) "The Emerging Field of 'Energy Psychology' -Integration with Psychotherapy".
Dr Mollon has spent the last decade and more immersed in the field of energy psychology, gradually developing the body of knowledge he describes as 'Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy'. The governing principle that he has found to apply consistently is that 'all that is troubling in the mind is also expressed as precise information in the energy fields of the body'. It is possible to learn to read these energy fields and to work at this deeper level, where the dysfunctional patterns of the mind and behaviour are encoded. Whilst some aspects of this work are subtle and difficult, requiring prolonged learning, others are easy, fun, and can be incorporated into practitioners work immediately.
Sue Gerhardt (2011) Lecture - "Does Neuroscience Change Anything?"
Sue is the author of 'Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby's brain' (2004) - a lively and accessible interpretation of recent findings in neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis and biochemistry. And also 'The Selfish Society: How we all forgot to love one another and made money instead' (2010) - which discusses the vital importance of understanding our early emotional lives. Sue argues that if we are to build a more reflective and collaborative society we need to support the caring qualities learnt in early life, and integrate them into our political and economic thinking.
Donna Orange (2010). Lecture, "The Thought that Counts: Ideas to Inspire Psychotherapists and Counsellors"
In her keynote speech Donna outlined why, as practitioners, we need to care about thinking. Her reasons included 'undoing shame, resisting cults, helping us to notice, keeping us clinically creative and loosening the grip of automaticity’.
Donna Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D., holds two doctorates: one in Philosophy from Fordham University and the other in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. A faculty member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity and a supervisor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, she maintains a private practice in New Jersey.
Richard Hycner (2009). Gestalt/Dialogical Conference. Talks titled: "Gestalt" "Dialogical Approaches in Counselling and Psychotherapy" and "A Relational Approach to Couples Therapy"
Rich is the author of Between Person and Person: Toward a Dialogical Psychotherapy (1993, Gestalt Journal Press) and the co-author with Lynne Jacobs of The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy (1995, Gestalt Journal Press). He and Lynne are currently editing a new book Relational Approaches in Gestalt Therapy due to be published in July 2009. Rich has been a psychotherapist for thirty five years and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. He and Lynne are described by Erving and Miriam Polster as belonging to the third generation of Gestalt therapists - bringing richness, clarification and thoughtful perspective to the continuing renewal of Gestalt therapy.
Donna Orange (2008). Intersubjectivity Conference. Talk titled: "Intersubjective vulnerability in the therapeutic dialogue"
Donna M. Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D., holds two doctorates: one in Philosophy from Fordham University and the other in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. A faculty member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity and a supervisor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, she maintains a private practice in New Jersey.
Robert D. Stolorow (2004)
Robert D. Stolorow is one of the original members of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, the group which evolved over 25 years from one begun by Heinz Kohut in 1980 and named by him the "Self Psychology Publications Committee". The 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Award (given by the Division of Psychoanalysis [Division 39] of the American Psychological Association), Dr. Stolorow has been a sought-after presenter, teacher, and supervisor on the national and international scene since the inception of his career. He is a founding faculty member and a training and supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and a founding faculty member and supervising analyst at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in New York City.
Lynne Jacobs (2002).
Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D., has long been interested in the relational dimension of psychotherapy, and in integrating humanistic theories with contemporary psychoanalytic theories. Both a gestalt therapist and a psychoanalyst, she is a co-founder of Pacific Gestalt Institute. She is also a training and supervising analyst of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles. She teaches at ICP, and teaches gestalt therapists locally, nationally, and internationally. Lynne co-authored, with Richard Hycner, The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy: A Dialogic Self-Psychological Approach. Recent articles include "Shame in the Therapeutic Dialogue", "Optimal Responsiveness and Intersubjectivity Theory", and "Pathways to a Relational Worldview". She has a private practice in West Los Angeles.