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“My name is Hugh. Hugh Miliation”: a psychodynamic perspective on intellectual disability and sado-masochistic states of mind

February 15, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

£15 – £35

The psychodynamic treatment of people with intellectual disabilities and sexual perversions is still in its infancy. Using case-based material this presentation will explore some of the ways in which the pioneering work of Alan Corbett, Valerie Sinason and Estela Welldon and others provides a richer understanding of the intersection of psychodynamic theory and ‘forensic disability psychotherapy.’ Material from the treatment of a number of patients with intellectual disabilities will explore the impact of early losses on the development of sado-masochistic preoccupations. The turning inwards and outwards of psychic pain will be explored.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for psychotherapists, counsellors, teachers, social workers, and all those interested in the traumatic origins of intellectual disability.

About the speaker

For more than 20 years Richard Curen has worked as a psychotherapist, supervisor, leader, consultant and trainer. Until recently he was employed as a consultant forensic psychotherapist at Respond in London, where he worked since 2002. He trained at the Gestalt Centre London and at the Portman Clinic where is a supervisor and visiting lecturer. He works in private practice as a psychotherapist, consultant and clinical supervisor in statutory, private and third sector organisations.

He was previously an honorary psychotherapist in the Fitzjohn’s Unit at the Tavistock Clinic. He is Chair of the Forensic Psychotherapy Society, a member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, a member of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability, and is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.



February 15, 2020
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
£15 – £35
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Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy


The Circle
33 Rockingham Lane
Sheffield, S1 4FW United Kingdom
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