Modern technology in the consulting room: Opportunity or threat?

Jo-anne Carlyle PhD, Psychoanalytic psychotherapist

Saturday 1 February 2014

10.30 to 12.30 – coffee from 10.00am
St Botolph’s Church Hall,Bishopsgate,London EC2

Open to qualified or trainee clinicians – BACP,BPC and UKC Pregistered–only

£15 at the door, for ICC members and non-members

‘The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.’ B.F. Skinner

Dr Carlyle has used this quote from perhaps the most well-known radical behaviourist as a provocation for us as psychoanalytic/dynamic psychotherapists to confront some of our anxieties and prejudices about technology and its appearance in the consulting room.

‘This seminar is an invitation to use our psychoanalytic understanding of the relationship between the Unconscious and the Conscious to explore whatever material and forms of communication are presented to us. Of course there are technical challenges to the use of answerphones, entry systems, text, email, skype, access to the internet and the impact of being able to be googled on our practice. Working with these in the room (whether that be a literal room or a cyber room) and allowing enough thinking space to examine their function and meaning is essential. However, I will argue that the real challenge of the work is the ever present “problem” as Skinner puts it, to hold onto our capacity to think and reflect and to explore the unknown territory of the internal landscape.’

Jo-anne Carlyle PhD is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, consultant clinical and forensic psychologist, organisational consultant and researcher. She worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years before moving to private practice, developing, a psychotherapy and consultancy service working to promote psychological health in organisations. She is visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Open University and Research Fellow at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Her NHS experience includes working at the Tavistock Clinic, Broadmoor and Rampton Hospitals. She has held key roles in the Health and Care Professions Council, Society for Psychotherapy Research and the BPS Psychotherapy Section.

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The church of St BotolphWithout Bishopsgate is between Liverpool Street Station and LondonWall. From Liverpool Street Station take the Bishopsgate exit and turn right.St Botolph’s is on the right, about three minutes walk.The Church Hall is in the garden behind the church.