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Dr David Morgan - Projective Identification in Fundamentalist and Economic Terrorism
Dr Renee Danziger - Austerity’s Myth

• £95
• £85 Students and early birds before 14th February 19
• 6 hours CPD Certificate will be provided

• Box End Park, Kempston MK43 8RQ, a very pleasant location
• Easy to access free onsite parking
• 10mins from M1/Junction13 or 15mins from Bedford Station
   (London St Pancras to Bedford, 35mins)

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Cancelation Policy - Cancellations made no later than three weeks prior to the commencement of the conference receive a full refund minus an administration fee of £10.00. Cancellations made within 3 weeks of the conference will not be issued with a refund, but the fee paid can be allocated against a future BCaT CPD event.



The BCaT 2019 conference focuses on the link between psychological processes and political action. This will be of interest to all psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to understand how our theoretical understandings of the individual mind are manifested in the larger political world.

David Morgan looks at the role of projective identification in political and economic terrorism. In particular, the role of inflammatory grievances that arise in response to the perception of western foreign policy. This attempt to reverse perceived humiliation and shame, uses the guise of religious fundamentalism to achieve its aims.

In conjunction he will also explore how often in violence the pain and tedium of being a ‘have not’ from successive generations of ‘have nots’ means that at some point, this powder keg of loveless emptiness and ‘have not-ness’ will explode into a drive to evacuate these experiences into someone else or adopting political attitudes that facilitate this.

Dr David Morgan is a widely known psychoanalytic psychotherapist who teaches and lectures internationally. He is the author of numerous publications and his most recent book "The Political Mind" is in press and the subject of recent radio programmes.

Renée Danziger will be looking at how psychoanalytic thinking can help to explain why the British government's radical austerity policies were endorsed in 2010 and again in 2015 by many of the people who stood to suffer most from them.  Acknowledging that austerity requires sacrifice, the notion that “we’re all in this together” drew on powerful associations to the myth of British solidarity during the Second World War, this slogan helped to obscure the fact that the burden of austerity would by definition fall most heavily on those most dependent on publicly funded services. She will also argue that other important factors were at play, including the nature of group psychology as depicted by Freud and Bion; and the use of defences such as splitting off, projection and the disavowal of social reality.

Dr Renée Danziger is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL, and psychoanalyst in full time private practice. Her doctorate is in politics, and for many years she worked as a social scientist with a special interest in industrial relations, and in HIV/AIDS policy issues.



“Sex and the Psyche” with speakers Brett Kahr and Valerie Sinason.

Testimonials from last year’s Conference

“Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking day, with very engaging speakers in a comfortable and pleasant venue”

“Very useful and interesting workshop. Thank you!”

“Excellent speakers and planning”

“Loved it all. Thank you for organising it.  When’s the next one?”




Come along to our monthly Saturday morning sessions covering a variety of topics.
Open to all counsellors/trainees.

WHEN: 2nd Saturday of the month - 9.30am – 1pm - unless marked*

WHERE: 32 St John's Street, Bedford, MK42 0DH.

PARKING: Free parking is available behind St John’s Church Hall, 38 St John’s Street (parking beyond the dividing wall). Leaving the car park walk towards town and BCaT is next door to Serino Flooring.

Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, MK42 9AH - £2 all day parking (Sat).

COST: £45 for 3½ hours CPD. Certification of hours provided.



Continuing Professional Development
Spring Term 2019

Saturday, February 9th  09.30am – 1pm
Music Therapy

Polly Bowler is a music therapist working in the NHS and will explain how music therapy works, its history, the theories that underpin it, the people it helps and how the musical tools are used in clinical applications. There will be some experiential practice to open your ears!

Saturday, March 9th  09:30am - 1pm
Sexuality and gender in the counselling room

Stuart Sage is an experienced psychotherapist and group analyst who will be talking about how to think about sexuality and gender in the modern consulting room. Stuart will look at the complexities of gender identity and sexuality and how, as therapists, we can work openly and reflectively with the client.

Saturday, May 11th  09.30am – 1pm
Identity and Therapy

How do we know who we are? Psychotherapist Andrew Dutton will look at recent theories that concern our understanding of the construction of identity. He will then take up the clinical implications of this with particular reference to mirroring.

Saturday, June 8th  09.30am – 1pm
Short Term Counselling

Claudia Kempinska is an experienced psychodynamic therapist who will be looking at ways of working effectively in a time limited way as a psychodynamic practitioner. This involves how to identify a focus using a psychodynamic formulation.


Certificated CPD for all counsellors. £45 for 3.5 hours on Saturday mornings in Bedford.

CPD held at BCaT, 32 St Johns Street, Bedford, MK42 0DH.
Free parking behind St Johns Church Hall, St Johns Street.

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