The Dynamics of Influence 

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A day conference in Edinburgh

British Psychoanalytical Society, Edinburgh Conference
The Dynamics of Influence 

Saturday 27th April 2024
9.15am - 5.30pm (BST)

In Person

At the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
11 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ 

The Edinburgh Conference on 27th April 2024 is the first International Conference the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS) and Institute of Psychoanalysis are hosting in person outside of London. This is an in-person conference which we hope will encourage participants to forge new links with psychoanalysts and psychotherapists working with adults and children and those interested in this topic from the UK and abroad. The topic of The Dynamics of Influence, as seen from the perspective of the psychoanalytic clinical setting, is of increasing interest in our contemporary life, both inside and outside the consulting room. The three key note speakers, Michael Feldman, Rosemary Davies and Mary Short each bring fresh insights into the wider understanding of the conscious and unconscious elements of how and what influences our interactions with others.

The choice of the City of Edinburgh brings together historical connections that Scotland has to the BPAS to the present day. Deciding to host this conference in Edinburgh is a testament to the more recent successful expansion of training opportunities with the British Psychoanalytic Society in major centres outside of London, particularly in the North of England and in Scotland.  Vic Sedlak, the current President of the BPAS, was particularly pioneering in establishing training opportunities outside of London over the last thirty years and, among other dedicated analysts, making psychoanalysis more available to a wider population and he will be the overall chair of the meeting.

Interactive Pressures: the Choreography of the Session. Speaker: Michael Feldman
Chair: Helga Skogstad

An Exploration of how the Past Influences the Present in the Treatment of an Infant. Speaker: Mary Short
Chair: Angela Joyce

The Anxiety of Influence: Clinical Thinking in Retrospect. Speaker: Rosemary Davies
Chair: Michael Parsons

Vic Sedlak, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, will be the overall conference chair.

This conference is supported by the Susan Emery Trust, which helps further education, research and improved practice in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Scotland.

On behalf of the Susan Emery Trust, we will be offering financial support with subsidised places for mental health workers living in Scotland. Subsidised places include a £75 discount. Please contact: to find out more.

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REFUND POLICY: Tickets are fully refundable until 14 days before the lecture, after which time no refunds will be issued.

Concession tickets are available, for IPA and BPC candidates and psychotherapy trainees. Please email if you are unsure if you qualify for a concession ticket.

Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not represent the views or opinions of the Institute, event organisers or other speakers. We expect delegates to respect the confidentiality of clinical material discussed in our events. The content must not be recorded, conveyed or disseminated in any format and participants must not share access to the event with non-registered participants.


April 27th, 2024 9:15 AM through  5:30 PM
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
11 Queen Street
London EH2 1JQ
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Standard £ 150.00
Concession £ 100.00
If selected, only members with the status New, Current or Grace and those that have a website account will be able to register for this event.
Standard £ 150.00
Concession £ 100.00