Tuesday 5 January 2010

Dr Jack Newman conducts: The Medicalizing of Motherhood. Inner Circle Seminar 151 (9 May 2010)

Dr Jack Newman
The Medicalizing of Motherhood

Implications for Psychotherapy

Dr Jack Newman
Inner Circle Seminar No. 151
introduced by
Naomi and Anthony Stadlen

Sunday 9 May 2010
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr Jack Newman of Toronto is the doctor that mothers trust. As a paediatrician he passionately denounces the medicalization, based on medical ignorance, of ordinary healthy mothers, breastfeeding babies, and the mother-baby relationship. This seminar will explore the implications for psychotherapy. Many theories of mother-baby relationships can be traced back to certain confident assertions on breastfeeding, separation, and so on by psychoanalysts such as Freud, Klein and Winnicott. What is the evidence for these assertions? Are they grounded in sound observation – or on unproven assumptions? Naomi and Anthony Stadlen will invite Dr Newman to comment on some of these assertions from the psychoanalytic literature in the light of his profound practical knowledge and experience of mothers, babies and breastfeeding. This seminar will be attended by mothers with their babies, as well as by psychotherapists and other professionals. Everybody’s contribution will be warmly valued.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ (http://www.durrantshotel.co.uk/)
Cost: Students £108, others £135, in advance; some bursaries; mineral water, coffee, tea, biscuits, liquorice allsorts included; mothers with babies £15, mineral water and liquorice allsorts included, plus optional £9 for morning and afternoon coffee, tea, biscuits
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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 colleges.

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