SAP Annual Lecture

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Date(s) - 30/03/2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Wellcome Collection



SAP Annual Lecture

Psychotherapy as a Skilled Practice

Speaker: Warren Colman  Respondent: Jan Wiener


Alchemist Heating a Pot, by David Teniers the Younger (1610 – 1690), oil on canvas

While psychotherapy is related to both science and art, I regard it as primarily a craft activity requiring the development of skilful practice. Theories provide heuristic devices that help guide the practitioner in their craft but, as with any craft, the psychotherapist’s knowledge arises not from theory but from the sustained intercourse between practice and reflective thinking. In this talk I will consider the kind of skilled practice that psychotherapy is rather more than the particular skills (or ‘competencies’) that it involves.   Drawing on the Greek concept of techne, I suggest that the value (and future) of psychotherapy lies in the development and fostering of a form of skilful practice associated with spiritual discipline and ‘the good life’.

Warren Colman is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He teaches, lectures and supervises internationally, especially in Eastern Europe.  He has published over 40 papers on a variety of topics and his book, Act and Image: The Emergence of Symbolic Imagination, was published in 2016.

Jan Wiener is a Training Analyst and Supervisor of the SAP and its Director of Training. She was Vice President, IAAP (until August 2013) and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Her most recent publication is as co-editor with Catherine Crowther of From Innovation to Tradition: Jungian Analysts Working in Different Cultural Contexts (Spring Publications, 2016).

Chair: Penny Pickles’ name: Training Analyst, Chair of the IAAP Ethics Committee

(This is a 2-hour CPD event)


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