Bion, Supervision and the Psychoanalytical Attitude – Chris Mawson at the BAPPS Spring Conference 16 April 2016, London

This workshop will centre on the need for supervisors to foster the use of a particular state of mind in the practitioner, one which is suited for the use of intuition of inner reality and its expression in transference and counter transference; Chris Mawson will discuss how the minimum conditions necessary for an analytic attitude involves a suppression of the attention to external realities, foregoing the usual need to impose narrative and cause-and-effect, reassurance, explanation and theory. In doing so he will emphasise the specificity of a psychoanalytic attitude, and will show how this is at the heart of Bion’s clinical work and how he approached teaching and the supervision of analysts and psychotherapists. He also will show how it embodies Freud’s fundamental recommendations of clinical practice.

10am-4pm on Saturday 16 April 2016 at The Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA

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