Module 12

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 February 2021

Self & Society - Culture & Diversity

Friday: 19h00 – 20h15
Experiential group
Charlie Brittain
Friday: 20h15 – 20h40
Friday: 20h40 – 22h00
Clinical Seminar
Carola Mathers
Saturday: 09h30 – 11h00
The current crisis of migrants/refugees, us and our practices
Prof Renos Papadopoulos
Saturday: 11h00 – 11h30
Saturday: 11h30 – 13h00
The current crisis of migrants/refugees, us and our practices
Prof Renos Papadopoulos
Saturday: 13h00 – 14h00
Saturday: 14h00 – 15h15
The current crisis of migrants/refugees, us and our practices
Prof Renos Papadopoulos
Saturday: 15h15 – 15h30
Saturday: 15h30 – 17h00
The current crisis of migrants/refugees, us and our practices
Prof Renos Papadopoulos
Sunday: 09h30 – 11h00
Men’s issues in Contemporary Jungian analysis and psychotherapy
Prof Andrew Samuels
Sunday: 11h00 – 11h30
Sunday: 11h30 – 13h00
Men’s issues in Contemporary Jungian analysis and psychotherapy
Prof Andrew Samuels

SEMINARS1-4 with Renos Papadopoulos

‘The current crisis of migrants/refugees, us and our practices’.

The intention is to examine some central themes of the current migrant/refugee crisis and reflect of their impact on our conceptualisation of our work as analysts. Without entering into the political debates about this crisis, the aim is to examine some relevant epistemological and practical dimensions of working with persons that fall outside the usual frame of our practice (not only migrants / refugees). Key traps and dilemmas will be identified and examples of the presenter’s own practice will be discussed.

Renos K. Papadopoulos, Ph.D., is Professor of Analytical Psychology at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, Director of the ‘Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees’, a member of the Human Rights Centre and of the Transitional Justice Network, all at the University of Essex; also, Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. In addition, he is a training and supervising Jungian psychoanalyst and systemic family psychotherapist in private practice. As consultant to the United Nations and other organizations, he has been working with refugees and other survivors of political violence, torture and disasters in many countries. He is the founder and director of the ‘MA / PhD in Refugee Care’ that is offered jointly by the University of Essex and the Tavistock Clinic. He lectures and offers specialist trainings internationally and his writings have appeared in fourteen languages.

In 2016 he was given a Life-time Award by the European Family Therapy Association for his 'Outstanding Contribution to Family Therapy and Systemic Practice', and earlier this year he was awarded the 'Best International Research Impact' by the University of Essex for the substantial difference his international research made on people's lives and government policy.


Papadopoulos, R.K. and Gionakis, N. (2018). The neglected complexities of refugee fathers'. Psychotherapy and Politics International.

Papadopoulos, Renos K. (2016) 'Therapeutic encounters and interventions outside the consulting room: challenges in theory and practice'. In Analysis and Activism. Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology, edited by Kiehl, E., Saban, M., and Samuels, A. London and New York: Routledge, pp.11-20.

Papadopoulos, R.K. (2015) Failure and Success in Forms of Involuntary Dislocation: Trauma, Resilience, and Adversity-Activated Development. In ‘The Crucible of Failure’. Jungian Odyssey Series, Vol. VII, pp. 25-49. U. Wirtz, et al. editors.

Papadopoulos, Renos K. (2011), The Umwelt and Networks of Archetypal Images; a Jungian approach to therapeutic encounters in humanitarian contexts. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 2011. Vol. 9, Number 3, 212-231.

Papadopoulos, Renos (2009) K. Extending Jungian Psychology. Working with survivors of political upheavals’. In ‘Sacral Revolutions: Cutting Edges in Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis’ edited by G. Heuer. London: Routledge.

Papadopoulos, Renos K (2008), Systemic challenges in a refugee camp, CONTEXT Journal of the Association of Family Therapy, August 2008, pp. 12-15.

Papadopoulos, Renos K. (2007), Refugees, Trauma and Adversity-Activated Development, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, September 2007; 9(3): 301–312.

Seminars 5 & 6 with Andrew Samuels

These seminars will cover ‘the father’, ‘sexual misconduct’ and a good deal of ‘politics’.

Andrew Samuels is recognized internationally as one of the foremost political commentators and theorists from the perspectives of psychotherapy and depth psychology. He works as a consultant with political leaders, parties and activist groups in several countries, including the United States. He also consults to the NHS. 

He draws on a wide range of approaches to psyche, including post-Jungian, relational psychoanalytic and humanistic ideas. But he roots his work in citizens' lived experience, and in what can be learned from therapy work carried out with political awareness. While Andrew does not disguise his background in progressive and left-wing politics and his commitment to diversity and equality, he remains open-minded and celebrates many different takes on social and political issues. 

Andrew is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, in private practice in London, and Professor of Analytical Psychology at the University of Essex. He was Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and one of the two founders (with Judy Ryde) of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. 

His many books have been translated into 21 languages, including: Jung and the Post-Jungians (1985); A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis (1986); The Father(1986); Psychopathology (1989); The Plural Psyche (1989); The Political Psyche (1993); Politics on the Couch (2001); Persons, Passions, Psychotherapy, Politics (2014); Relational Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling: Appraisals and Reappraisals (edited with Del Loewenthal, 2014). His latest books are A New Therapy for Politics? (2015) and Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Analysis (edited with Emilija Kiehl and Mark Saban, 2016). A number of his articles, lectures and videos are available on:

Optional Reading

Samuels. Andrew (1993) “Reflecting on men’. Chapter 8 The Political Psyche London & New York: Routledge

For future interest in this area
Burgess, Adrienne (1997) Fatherhood Reclaimed: The Making of the Modern Father. London: Vermilion.
Celenza, Andrew (2007) Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts. New York: Jason Aronson.
Davies, Dominic and Neal Charles (Eds) (2000) Issues in Therapy with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Miedzian, Myriam (1992) Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the link Between Masculinity and Violence. London: Virago.
Reis, Bruce and Grossmark, Robert (Eds) (2009) Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory. London: Routledge.
Samuels, Andrew (1993) ‘Reflecting on men’, in The Political Psyche. London: Routledge, pp 176-200.
Samuels, Andrew (1996) ‘From sexual misconduct to social justice. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 6, pp. 295-321
Samuels, Andrew (2015) ‘The plural father’, in A New Therapy for Politics? London: Karnac, pp. 123-140.
Segal, Lynne (1990) Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men. London: Virago
Tacey, David (1997) Remaking Men: Jung, Spirituality and Social Change. London: Routledge.
Future Reading in general
Doi, T (1990) The Cultural Assumptions of Psychoanalysis. In: J.W. Stigler, R.A. Shweder and G. Herdt (eds) Cultural Psychology: Essays on comparative human development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Kirmayer, Laurence J. Psychotherapy and the Cultural Concept of the Person, 2007; 44; 232 Transcultural Psychiatry
Maitra, B. (2008) Seeing the Point of Culture. In D. Mathers (ed) VISION AND SUPERVISION: Jungian and Post Jungian Perspectives. Routledge.
Maitra, B (2006) Culture and the mental health of children. The ‘cutting edge’ of expertise. In Timimi, S and and Maitra, B (Eds) Critical Voices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. London: Free Association Books.
Levine R (1990) Infant environments in psychoanalysis: a cross cultural view. Ch 15 in J Stigler, R Shweder and G Herdt Cultural Psychology: Essays on comparative human development. Cambridge University Press
Robert A. LeVine, Rebecca S. New (Editors) (2008) Anthropology and Child Development: A Cross-cultural Reader (Wiley Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology).
Dalal, F. (2008) Against the Celebration of Diversity, British Journal of Psychotherapy, 24, 1, 4-19.
Davis, F. (2008) Race, Culture and Psychotherapy, conference paper attached for ease of reference. (to follow)
Riegg, R. and Ali, D. (2008) Clitoridectomy and the Economics of Islamic Marriage and Divorce Law. Available online.
Guardian International section special report, (2010) The ‘midwives’ who mutilate. How female circumcision survives in northern Iraq.
Singer, T. (2010) The Transcendent Function and Cultural Complexes: a Working Hypothesis. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 55, 234-241.
The Female Genital Cutting Education and Networking Project, online website

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