Reading Group for Practitioners


An annual programme  of key clinical and theoretical papers,  facilitated by  Howard Edmunds & Tom Bradshaw.

Programme Description

The aim of this group is to provide psychological therapists (psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, counsellors, arts and play therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and related professionals) with an opportunity to read seminal papers from a variety of  modalities, discuss them in a group context and link theory  to current clinical issues.  There will be an emphasis on building creative links between concepts, but also highlighting difference.  Participants will:

  • Receive pdf copies of seminal papers in advance
  • Be a member of an on-going reflective group
  • Revisit seminal texts & discover new ones.
  • Explore clinical dilemmas & impasse from new perspectives
  • Hear presentations from different theoretical modalities

Past topics this year have included papers on transgender, sexuality, addictions and couples therapy.


Programme Participants

The BTC Clinical Seminar is for psychological therapists (psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, counsellors, arts and play therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists) and related professionals who have a minimum of one year training, have received or are currently receiving individual or group personal therapy and are currently in practice or training.


Programme Co-Facilitators

Tom Bradshaw, Consultant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Clinical Manager at Brighton Therapy Centre.

Howard Edmunds is Director of Brighton Therapy Centre, Group Analyst in private practice.  Previous roles include  Convenor of  Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Fundamentals in Clinical Supervision Programme and Honorary Lecturer for Surrey University PG Cert in Clinical Supervision within the  Faculty of Health and Social Care.


2019 dates

26th April 2019.  Slade, A. ‘Imagining Fear: Attachment, Threat, and Psychic Experience’


24th May 2019– Presentation on Emotionally Focussed Therapy   – Johnson, A. ‘Attachment Theory in Practice.’


28th  June 2019- Attachment Theory and links to Personality Disorders – Music, G. ‘Attached to Attachment? Attachment theory, Therapy and Future Directions’;  Fonagy, P. Target, M et al ‘The Developmental Roots of Borderline Personality Disorder in Early Attachment Relationships: A Theory and Some Evidence.’


26th July 2019 – Presentation on Mentalization


August 2019 – No meeting


27th September 2019– A relational approach to supervision; Dr Helena Hargaden will be coming to speak to us about her most recent book, ‘The Art of Relational Supervision’  (Routledge, 2015).


25th October 2019–  Julian Lousada ‘The Psychic Geography of Racism…’


29th November 2019– Blackwell D. (1994) ‘The emergence of racism in group analysis’ and Dalaf F. ‘The Social Unconscious: A Post-Foulkesian Perspective’



2 – 3.45 pm, Room A2,  Brighton Therapy Centre, 23a  New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG


2.00pm  :        Presentation & discussion of themes

3.45pm  :         End

Tea & Coffee available from BTC kitchen.  Please arrive early and help yourself.


Seminar Fee

£12 per session  £30 for three months paid in advance.  All funds raised go towards the BTC low cost scheme.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) attendance certificates are available

How to pay

By BACS transfer.  Invoices are sent via email.

For Booking, enquiries and further information

Please call the Clinical Administrator 9.30 am – 4.30pm daily on 01273 626444 or email.

Brighton Therapy Centre, 23A New Road,  Brighton BN1 1UG