Psychoanalysis Unit


Depression Inside Out: Psychoanalytic therapies as mental health provisions

Start: Mar 09, 2018 03:00 PM
End: Mar 10, 2018 06:00 PM

Location: University College London


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A joint Tavistock Clinic and UCL Psychoanalysis Unit Conference

Good evidence is now available for the positive effect of psychoanalytic therapies provided, at differing phases of the life-cycle, to NHS patients suffering from a range of depressive disorders.

It comes from the Tavistock Adult Depression Study’s(i) evaluation of 60 session therapies for adults with chronic treatment-resistant depression and the IMPACT Study’s(ii) comparative evaluation of 28 session psychoanalytic therapies for adolescents with major depressive disorder. A German study(iii) has also shown the benefit of 80 sessions of psychoanalytic therapy with chronically depressed adults. As well as having an RCT methodology, these studies, through qualitative research and psychoanalytic clinical research, have much to tell us about depression and its optimal treatment.

This conference will offer a unique combination of in-depth clinical and research presentations by some of the workers principally involved in these studies, plus consideration of the role of briefer psychodynamic approaches, reviews of other key depression research, and discussions of topics such as suicide.

Conference Programme

The morning session on Saturday 10 March will consist of keynote presentations by principal researchers providing expert overviews of the research findings now available and senior clinicians describing what psychoanalytic treatment of depression involves.

The afternoon programme will have two blocks of four parallel papers, in which the Studies’ researchers and psychoanalytic clinicians as well as other key colleagues will address:

  • Factors determining treatment responsiveness and/or treatment resistance, and the stability of response
  • Varieties of depression, their underpinnings and their treatments
  • Depression across the life-cycle
  • Whether psychoanalytic treatments offer a specific type of change
  • Clinical management issues including suicide risk
  • What psychoanalytic understanding might offer to psychiatric settings and services
  • The value of the psychoanalytic understanding of dealing with Painful Facts: the case of hospice work
  • Managing depression in primary care

This conference will be a working event. There will be time for those attending to contribute fully to the discussions. A closing plenary panel will put together a view of how psychoanalytic therapies might improve what is offered to those suffering from depression and allied disorders, and assist in the development of our mental health services.


Confirmed main speakers will include:

Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Margaret Rustin, Felicitas Rost, Mary Target, Peter Fonagy and David Taylor

Parallel paper speakers will include:

Marcus Evans, Michael Feldman, Peter Fonagy, Caroline Garland, David Goldberg, Matthew Hotopf, Francesca Hume, Birgit Kleeberg, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Susan McPherson, Michael Mercer, Matthew Patrick, Felicitas Rost, Margaret Rustin, Kate Stratton, Julian Stern, Mary Target and David Taylor

Friday Clinical Workshop and Research Masterclass Leaders

Clinical workshops will be led by:

  • Caroline Garland
  • Francesca Hume
  • Matthew Patrick
  • Margaret Rustin
  • David Taylor

Research masterclasses will be led by:

  • Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber ‘How best to study the outcome of psychoanalyses and long- term psychoanalytic psychotherapies’
  • Peter Fonagy ‘The State of the Art or the Art of the State: Musing on the Ways the Effectiveness of Treatments for Depression are Reported and Assessed’
  • Mary Target ‘Finding varied research methods to assess depression and treatment in children and adolescents’

Call for Friday Clinical Workshop Presenters

A range of clinical workshops and research masterclasses are taking place from 6.00pm - 7.30pm in the evening preceding the conference, Friday 9th March 2018.

At the clinical workshops (not applicable for the research masterclasses) those attending can elect to present clinical cases. If you would like to present, please contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk

Conference Registration

To register, please visit: http://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-brain-sciences-c07/clinical-educational-and-health-psychology-f66/f66-depression-inside-out-psychoanalytic-therapies-as-mental-health-provisions-conference

Ticket Prices

  • Friday evening clinical seminar/research masterclass rate (delegates can only attend one evening seminar/masterclass): £45*
  • Conference only standard rate: £130
  • Conference only concession Rate (Students, Trainees, Tavistock & UCL Staff): £95

*Please note that places for the Friday evening clinical seminars/research masterclasses are limited, and booking will be on a first come first served basis. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Further Information

A full programme, further information and fees will be published here in due course.

For any additional queries in the meantime please contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk