Saturday, 01. May 2021, Drake House, Dangerous desires- psychodynamics of addiction

from 01. May 2021 - 9:00 till 15:00

Drake House

Drake House
United KingdomWimbledon30/32 Worple Road
Event description
Dangerous desires- psychodynamics of addiction with Martin Weegmann

About this Event

One day workshop cost: £131 + booking fees / Limited early-bird until 1stFeb 2021 or sold out £111+ booking fees /discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors and trainee counsellors £112*

The workshop:

In the first, famous 'drug confessional' (1820), Thomas de Quincey refers to his opium as a 'portable panacea', which could be 'bought for pennies and carried in a waistcoat'. What began as his dream became his nightmare. Addiction is consuming in the depths to which it affects individuals, just like de Quincey, and extensive in the breath to which it affects families and even whole communities. Alcohol and drug misuse are enormous public health challenges



The workshop is a brief introduction to the psychodynamics of addiction. How might psychodynamic approaches aid an understanding and treatment of the powerful, seductive and baffling nature of addiction? And how is recovery from substance use disorders possible? Martin will share some of his experience over a period of 20 years in the field, in a range of NHS settings, as well as 5 years as a Non-Alcoholic Trustee ('NAT') with AA.

The workshop will have interactive components, throughout the day.

The trainer:


Martin Weegmann is a Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, with 30 years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorders and complex needs. Martin brought out Psychodynamics of Addiction (2002, Wiley) and and published 5 other books, his latest the edited Psychodynamics of Writing (2018, Routledge). He is busy at work on a new, more popular book, Stories of an NHS Psychologist.



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