Any kind of change involves loss, having to give up something. Paradoxically many people who seek help from counselling and psychotherapy come to us precisely because there is a powerful part of them that finds it hard to give up their unhappiness. Indeed to this part of the self the very idea that change is needed seems unjust. It is as if a powerful sense of grievance is clung on to and nursed.
In this workshop we will explore the dynamic relations between change, loss, grief and grievance and will consider how the inability to work though loss has important consequences for individuals, groups and societies. Clinical case studies will be combined with case studies of communities and societies in transition and opportunities will be provided for participants to apply learning to their own practice.
Paul Hoggett is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. He is also Professor of Social Policy at the University of the West of England and the author of several books, the most recent of which is Politics, Identity and Emotion (2009).
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