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Centre for Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University is an internationally recognised Psychoanalysis Research centre facilitating individual and collaborative research into psychoanalysis. It provides a focus for scholarly activity, hosts international conferences, seminars and workshops and develops research projects with colleagues from the European Union, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America.

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Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex is an internationally recognised centre for Psychoanalytic Studies including Freudian, Kleinian and Jungian Studies, Organisational Dynamics and Refugee Care. It conducts research on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, culture and society and its researchers come from a variety of professional backgrounds, both clinical and academic.

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UCL Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London has a mission to strengthen the links between psychoanalysis and other academic disciplines. To this end the Unit organises a yearly interdisciplinary programme consisting of lectures, seminars and conferences open to all members of the university and the wider community. The Unit has an affiliation with the Anna Freud Centre in London and strong links with the International Psychoanalytic Association.

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Psychoanalysis and Politics is an interdisciplinary conference series that aims to address how crucial contemporary political issues may be fruitfully analyzed through Psychoanalytic Theory and vice versa – how Political phenomena may reflect back on psychoanalytic thinking. Based in Norway and London. Co-ordinators: Lene Auestad and Jonathan Davidoff.

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International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations provides a forum for academics, clinicians, consultants and others interested in working in and with organizations utilising psychoanalytic concepts and insights. The Society’s aim is to share organizational research, consultation and experiences in the context of psychoanalysis.

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Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society is an international organization whose members are devoted to analyzing aesthetic, social, cultural, and political situations through various psychoanalytic lenses. Based in the USA. Co-chairs: Marilyn Charles and Michael O’Loughlin.

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Psychosocial, Therapy, Group, Social, Political Psychology Centres. 

Association for Psychosocial Studies are a newly established learned society, bringing together researchers, teachers, practitioners and students who are interested in contributing to the development of this exciting inter- trans- disciplinary field of study. The association is based in the UK and seeks to promote the field of Psychosocial Studies and to challenge the often rigid disciplinary distinctions that characterise the social sciences and the humanities in the contemporary university.  Chair of the steering committee: Sasha Roseneil; Honorary Treasurer and Communications Officer: David Jones; Honorary Membership Secretary: Tom Wengraf.

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Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Study Group provides a forum for anyone interested in the relationship between sociology and psychoanalysis and the sociological investigation of the psychosocial. Based in the UK, linked with the British Sociological Association. Convenors: Peter Redman and Sasha Roseniel.

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Social Psychology Network is an international educational organization founded by Professor of Psychology Scott Plous in 1996. Development of the SPN website includes a large collection of Social Psychology links and discussion forums for students and professionals interested in social psychology. Affiliated partner Societies include the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

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Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility is a forum for psychotherapists and counsellors who recognise the impact of the political dimension on the client- practitioner relationship. They want to influence and broaden the political process by engaging with policy-makers and the media to contribute psychological perspectives to debates on current social, cultural, environmental and political issues.

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Society for Research on Identity Formation provides a forum for identity theorists and researchers to share their ideas and findings regarding the problems and prospects of human self-definition. The unifying theme of the Society is ‘identity’ in its various manifestations that transcend national, political and cultural boundaries. Current President: Steven Berman.

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Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent is an international centre conducting excellent social psychology research into group processes and intergroup relations and using the research to help solve various social problems in society today. The Centre includes a thriving research community and attracts visits and research collaborations from major international researchers.

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International Society of Political Psychology is an interdisciplinary organisation representing all fields of enquiry concerned with exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes. Members include psychologists, psychiatrists, political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, as well as journalists, government officials and others.

 

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The Institute of Group Analysis offers a method for exploring and understanding conflict and change in individuals, groups and society. Our Vision is to develop the creative potential in individuals, groups and society through group analysis.

 

THE IGA’S MISSION

Is to promote the theory and practice of group analysis in the UK and internationally;  Relieve mental distress of individuals through the clinical application of group analysis; Increase the well-being and functioning of individuals, groups and organisations through education in the principles and method of group analysis;  Maintain the IGA as one of the leading national and international psychotherapy training organisations;  Promote continuing professional development for members of the IGA.

 

 IGA VALUES ARE  

Strive for the highest standards in all IGA courses, trainings and in clinical practice;  Value difference and creativity of individuals and groups and to oppose unjust discrimination;  Develop and maintain structures and policies for sound governance of the IGA and for upholding ethical behaviour by members;  Ensure democratic principles operate at all levels within the organisation;  Ensure transparency of decision-making and to regularly communicate with members to maintain accountability of officers and others with delegated authority;  Adapt and change where necessary to respond to the changing social, political, legal and regulatory environment within which the IGA operates;  Regularly review and appraise the performance of the IGA and to include all our stakeholders in this process.

 

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Food for Thought lunchtime talk series at The Tavistock Institute

The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) applies social science to contemporary issues and problems. It was established as a not for profit organisation with charitable purpose in 1947. 

 

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Psychoanalysis and Politics – Conference Series 

 

PDF Psychoanalysis and Politics – Steering Group    

PDF Introducing the Psychoanalysis & Politics Conference Series – A Conversation with its founders Professor Lene Auestad and Dr Jonathan Davidoff

PDF Exclusion and the Politics of Representation (March 2010)

PDF Nationalism and the Body Politic (March 2011) 

PDF Narrativity and Political Imaginaries (August 2011)

PDF Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning (August-Oct 2012)

PDF Eruptions, Disruptions and Returns of the Repressed (March 2013)

PDF Action – A Limit of Psychoanalysis (August 2013)

 

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LOCATING  PSYCHOTHERAPY  AND  COUNSELLING  IN  A  SOCIO-POLITICAL  CONTEXT

Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) are a group of Psychotherapists, Counsellors and other Mental Heath care professionals who want to influence and broaden the Political process by:
>  Contributing psychological perspectives to debates on current social, cultural, environmental and political issues.
>  Developing new ways of dialogue that integrate the Personal and Political in our daily lives.
>  Engaging with policy-makers and the media in ways that acknowledge diversity and discourage polarised thinking.

PCSR:
>  Recognise the impact of the political dimension on the client- practitioner relationship.
>  Develop ideas about how social, political, environmental and cultural issues can be integrated into psychotherapeutic and counselling theory and practice.
>  Address and challenge racism, sexism, homophobia and classism as well as other forms of prejudice and discriminatory practice at all levels within our professions.
>  Campaign for better provision of statutory and low-cost Counselling and Psychotherapy services.
>  Organise conferences and events on Social and Political issues and an annual Psychotherapy and Politics Conference in May.
>  Encourage and support members in forming local and theme-based groups that arrange events, seminars, workshops and training days.

>  PCSR produces Transformations an in-house journal 2-3 times per year.

>  Psychotherapy and Politics International is its peer-reviewed journal.

 

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Free Associations is a leading peer-reviewed periodical on the NON-CLINICAL aspects of Psychoanalysis and related Psychodynamic approaches to Psychotherapy, Groups, Politics and Institutions.

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