The Impact of IAPT on clients, practitioners, the therapy professions and society

17th March 2018  10am – 2pm


PCSR Psychotherapy and Politics Conference: York St John’s University.   12th May 2018.  10am – 6pm

Change, Transition, Transformation: is another world possible?

Invitation to offer a workshop at the PCSR Psychotherapy and Politics Conference May 2018  at York St John’s University  12th May 2018. 10am – 6pm

PCSR’s Psychotherapy and Politics conferences emerged from an initial conference in 2008, organised by the Institute of Group Analysis, to commemorate the May 1968 uprising of students in Paris, when revolution was in the air and so many of us believed that a new world was possible. PCSR has been holding an annual Psychotherapy and Politics conference since May 2010

This year’s conference marks the 50th anniversary of the May ’68 uprising and we invite you to come and explore where we are now, as therapists and activists, in relation to the longed-for transformation. It is often said that the rate of change is speeding up, but are these changes moving us towards less oppression, less discrimination, more equality, justice and freedom?

When does change become transformation in therapy, and in society?  How important is it for us to believe that we are in transition to becoming fully functioning persons, mature individuals, that we are on our way to a better, fairer world?


We have 10 workshop spaces available of 70 and 90 minutes.  We expect 15-18 people at each workshop. We particularly welcome experiential workshops including dance/movement, art, music and creative writing.

Dead-line for proposals 28th February 2018

If you’d like to offer a workshop, please send us about 200 words giving us a title, how your workshop fits with the themes of the conference as outlined above, and what you intend to cover, plus a short paragraph about yourself  (100 words)

We will be in touch with you early March when we have reviewed the submissions.  There is no payment for workshop facilitators but if your workshop is accepted  you will be offered a free place at the conference.

Send your proposal to:


Saturday 12th May 2018  York St Johns University

10.00 am – 6pm

Guest Speakers

Claire Fox: writer and Director of the Institute of Ideas. Building Resilience amongst Generation Snowflake  

Kris Blackpsychotherapist, supervisor.  Prejudice, Pride and Psychotherapy

Leyla Hussein: activist, Founder of the Dahlia Project, psychotherapist. Breaking the Cycle

Manu Bazzano: writer, psychotherapist.     Against Humanism: on Therapy and the Transhuman

plus   Small discussion groups, workshops and large group plenary

watch this space for details

More details and to book


The Impact of IAPT on clients, practitioners, the therapy professions and society

 17th March 2018  10am – 2pm

PCSR  (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility is hosting a series of 3 monthly focused encounter groups for IAPT practitioners, counsellors,  psychotherapists and other psychological professionals, to explore the impact of IAPT.

The introduction of IAPT in 2007 has touched thousands of people’s lives, affected the shape of the talking therapy world, and influenced the ways in which the general population views mental health and talking therapies.

After a decade of IAPT, research has shown that nationally less than half of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England are meeting the national target for providing talking therapy to local populations, with just 7% of the population accessing the IAPT programme. Only 17% of that 7% completed a course of treatment and were judged to have achieved recovery.1

Research by the British Psychological Society showed that IAPT is positively harmful to practitioners.2 Nearly half of psychological professionals reported depression and feelings of failure and 70% say they are finding their jobs stressful. Incidents of bullying and harassment had more than doubled in two years.

Lord Layard, who introduced IAPT, is an economist specialising in the costs of unemployment. The implementation of IAPT was based on the understanding that it would pay for itself by increasing productivity and reducing state benefits.

Unemployment has become a symptom of mental illness.
Employment is now a cure for mental illness.

We feel a need to spend some time together as practitioners, counsellors, psychotherapists to explore, express and witness what our experiences have been, what our responses to the growth of IAPT has been, and what questions, advantages and dilemmas IAPT might raise.

We aim to create a safe, confidential space, facilitated by person-centred therapists, Clare Slaney and Beatrice Millar, with time to reflect, speak, listen and process, with a month in between meetings to digest the experience. The purpose is to gain information and understanding of the experience of IAPT practitioners and other therapists, and through observing what arises in the group, imagine how the discussion might play out in the wider field of counselling/psychotherapy.

 17th February and 17th March 2018  10am – 2pm

The Tabernacle, 35, Powis Square, off Portobello Rd, London W11 2AY

There is a café on site for refreshments.  We are asked not to consume our own food and drink on the premises.  Wheelchair accessible.

FREE   Donations a towards costs appreciated

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PCSR AG and AGM  Saturday 18th November 2017


At St Pancras Community Centre
67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LB                         15mins walk from Kings Cross, Euston and Camden Road overground stations
Nearest tube: Mornington Crescent

The day will be in two parts
10-1pm     Societal Constellation
2-4pm       AGM

It’s FREE to everyone.  Non-members welcome too.

Lunch can be eaten on the premises and there are plenty of shops and cafes around.


PCSR invites you to participate in a Societal Constellation facilitated by Janet Herman and Lynn Stoney, on a relevant political issue.

Systemic constellations is a powerful experiential process through which we can gain insight into systems and dynamics within them that have been hidden. The method is phenomenological and can be used to reveal dynamics in any system. It has the potential to clarify and transform embedded patterns.   Originally applied to family systems, it now has many applications, including wider societal and ecological issues.

The work draws on our embodied knowledge and participants often report gaining a deep experience of our interconnected nature as well as insights into the particular issue being explored.

In this short workshop, we hope that together, having agreed on a particular issue to explore, we will be able to uncover some of the underlying patterns and explore our own relationship to a large issue in which we are all involved.

1-2pm  Lunch

2-4pm   Annual General Meeting. All welcome, but please let us know if you’re coming so that we have numbers for refreshments

Reports and agenda will be sent out to all members nearer the time.


Info about PCSR :



PCSR pop-up :        Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism

Saturday 23rd September 2017   10am -1pm

Chadswell Healthy Living Centre Lower ground floor, Chadswell, Harrison Street, London WC1H 8JE 5-10 mins from Kings Cross and Euston mainline stations, wheelchair accessible

FREE – donations on the day for venue hire and refreshments much appreciated.

Please book your place in advance to know numbers for refreshments: 

‘Whiteness, as a set of normative cultural practices, is visible most clearly to those it definitely excludes and those to whom it does violence. Those who are housed securely within its borders usually do not examine it.’ (Ruth Frankenberg,1993)

For too long Black African and Asian therapists and trainees have been experiencing racism and exclusion within the therapy profession. The PCSR open letter and petition protesting about this and asking for change was sent to all therapy organisations and trainings in 2014 but had a very limited response. Change in the culture of therapy and training is slow and there are still trainees who are discriminated against: unheard, invisible, hurt, excluded.

As part of addressing this oppression within the therapy profession PCSR is having a pop up in London on 23rd September for therapists who identify as White to explore and process what it means to them to be White and working as a White therapist in a racist society. We would like to invite you to come and share your experiences and deepen your understanding of White identity in a supportive environment.

The idea for this pop-up comes from 2 white members of PCSR, Suzanne and Bea, who are also currently on the steering group. Having participated in conversations about racism through BAATN (Black African and Asian Therapists’ Network) they have seen how much work is being done by those who are a minority in the profession. This pop up is an opportunity to encourage and stimulate personal and collective work on White identity, power, privilege and entitlement and to address the injustices and inequalities of racism.

If you haven’t already heard or seen Tim Wise, US anti-racism activist, he is worth checking out online as is Helm’s White racial identity development model and Peggy McIntosh on White privilege. Also, UK journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s 2017 book Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race based on her blog.

Please remember that if you have an idea for a PCSR pop-up you are very welcome to put it forward. You do not have to be on the steering group or in London. PCSR will cover the costs of a venue anywhere in the UK for PCSR members to meet around a political subject they feel is important to discuss face to face.






8th PCSR Psychotherapy and Politics Conference

MEN, PATRIARCHY and Mental Health

6th May 2017     9.30 – 5.30 pm

NCVO Kings Cross, London,

£100 supporters fee, Standard fee £90, PCSR member £70, Concessionary £50, concessionary PCSR member £40

Please contact

Refreshments included but not lunch. Fully wheelchair accessible. 
The time has come to challenge the dysfunction that lies at the heart 
 of patriarchy, to recognise that power is not the same as oppression

Panel Speakers.

Ade Afilaka – clinical psychologist,researcher, ‘Black Men do talk’
Rebecca Asher – Author of ‘Man Up: Boys, Men and Breaking the Male Rules’, “Patriarchy undoubtedly does most harm to women, but it also damages men. If men were free of limiting cultural expectations they would be happier, better people”. ;
Jesse Ashman – Writer, community development worker and trans activist. ‘Patriarchy and trans masculine experience’ ;
Nick Duffell – Psychohistorian, Author and Men’s Group leader. ’The impact of hyper-rationality on men’s hearts’ ;
Ben Hurst – Project Coordinator (Europe & UK) The Great Initiative. ‘Deconstructing/ reconstructing masculinity, and engaging men and boys in gender equality’ ;
Andrew Samuels – Psychotherapist, Former Chair of UKCP, Co-founder (with Judy Ryde) of PCSR. ‘Sexual  Misconduct in Psychotherapy and Counselling’


Jon Blend ‘Rip it up and start again?

Nick Clements ‘Belonging’ Understanding male identity

Katherine Cox ‘ Supporting male survivors of sexual abuse and assault’

Phoebus Ebbini ‘Domination/submission: power and sexual roles’

Lakis Georghiou ‘The quiet coercive use of patriarchy in film’

Caroline Hearst ‘Men, autism and mental health’

Andy Metcalf ‘Working with Men in Couples Therapy: Dilemmas and Conduits’

Ben Scanlan ‘Banter, feelings and breaking from the crowd’