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New UKCP Ethics Code Consultation

The UKCP has recently released a draft revision to their Code of Ethics and has sought consultation from its member organisations. Previous drafts were criticised for appearing to blur the line between laying out a code of ethics and a more prescriptive code of conduct. The UKCP has requested that members respond with their comments before September 2018. (read more...)


Aesthetic Conflict and Counterdreaming

Drawing on literary sources and on the psychoanalytic theory of Bion and Meltzer, Meg will discuss the concept of ‘aesthetic conflict’ (first formulated for psychoanalysis by Meltzer in 1988) which has sometimes been found both interesting and puzzling. She will relate this to the nature of ‘counterdreaming’ (Meltzer’s term for the psychoanalytic reverie that is the basis for interior observation)... (read more...)


CAUTIOUS RECEPTION FOR NICE GUIDELINES FOR DEPRESSION

The UKCP has cautiously welcomed new draft guidance published by NICE on the treatment of depression in adults. The new draft includes recommendations for psychodynamic psychotherapy, couples therapy and counselling, which are welcome improvements. Yet CBT continues to dominate recommendations despite evidence showing that other therapies yield similar or better results. (read more...)


LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS

I trained as a doctor and worked in medical practice for a time. After the birth of my third child I had a depressive breakdown, which I found terrifying. This was in 1950 and no one seemed to know anything about psychotherapy. This made it much worse. (read more...)