Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Doing ‘Nothing’: The Work of Mothers and Psychotherapists. Naomi Stadlen conducts Inner Circle Seminar 260 (5 July 2020)

Doing Nothing
The Work of Mothers and Psychotherapists

Naomi Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 260
Sunday 5 July 2020
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Naomi Stadlen
Mother, grandmother, existential psychotherapist and supervisor Naomi Stadlen teaches, at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, a unique course on the existential-phenomenological study of familes. She also runs a group, Mothers Talking, which she founded nearly thirty years ago. Her books What Mothers Do especially when it looks like nothing (2004) and How Mothers Love – and how relationships are born (2011) are translated into many languages and revered by mothers round the world. Her third book, What Mothers Learn – without being taught, will be published in April 2020.

She writes:

‘This seminar explores parallels with What Mothers Learn without being taught. But you don’t need to have read the book, or be a mother, to take part. Mothering is similar in many ways to psychotherapy. Both are intimate. Both raise ethical questions. There is no set way to do either, nor an end-product. There can be no ‘finished child or ‘completed client. And though children and clients have much to learn, mothers and psychotherapists are plunged into learning too. I will explain what I have learned from listening to mothers, to introduce a discussion on psychotherapy. Perhaps psychotherapists, like mothers, learn much that isn’t – and probably couldn’t be – taught.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £140, others £175, some bursaries; coffee, tea, Durrants Rock, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  iPhone: 07809 433 250
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The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and universities.

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