Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health Settings 2024

A psychodynamic dimension to psychiatry

Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health Settings 2024
8 Thursdays 8:00pm to 9:30pm GMT
26th September, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th October, 7th, 14th, 21st November

Delivered Online via Zoom
Recording available for 1 week to all registered participants

This eight part course is aimed at nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and other mental health practitioners. 

Marcus Evans, psychoanalyst will be in conversation with mental health nurse, Jo Osimuwa.

Chaired by Olive Burke

Certificate of attendance provided for professional development

Everyone working in mental health knows how emotionally taxing that work can be. There’s something fundamentally different to working in physical medicine. We’re not dealing with patients who “have” an illness, but with people whose difficulties are central to their personality, their emotional experience and their ways of relating. In working with them, we get deeply affected and we might get embroiled in ways that make things worse. Relationships are central to the work. If we understand what happens between our patients and us, in ourselves, and between staff, we can be of much more help to them. Psycho-analysis offers such ways of understanding, and this is what this course aims to do.

Marcus Evans is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society-with a long-standing interest in applying psychoanalytic thinking in mental health settings. Before retiring from the NHS, he was a psychiatric nurse and an adult psychotherapist. He was a founding member of Fitzjohn’s service for the treatment of patients with severe and enduring mental health issues and personality disorders and clinical lead of the adult and adolescent services at the Tavistock for five years.  He is the author of three books. ‘Making Room for Madness in Mental Health’‘Psychoanalytic Thinking in Mental Health Settings’ & ‘Gender Dysphoria: A therapeutic model for working with children adolescents and young adults’ a book he wrote with his wife Susan Evans.

Jo Osimuwa has a background as a mental health nurse, she currently works as a Clinical and Operational Lead at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Her career includes roles such as Inpatient Matron, ward manager, Community Psychiatric Nurse and she has extensive experience across various mental health settings. She has worked on inpatient wards, managed female psychiatric wards, and had been part of community mental health teams. Additionally, she has worked as a clinical educator, collaborating with universities to provide placements for students, supporting their development, and training clinical staff to become practice assessors and supervisors.

Dr Olive Burke is an Adult Psychoanalyst (BPAS) working in full-time private practice. She has over 30 years experience of working in Mental Health, including as a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust for nearly 20 years prior to her retirement from NHS. She has always been interested in using psychoanalytic insights to think about psychiatric issues at a deeper level & to inform treatment approaches. She continues to be invested in the development & support of young professionals, particularly within the NHS.  

26th September - Therapeutic relationships

3rd October - Understanding borderline states of mind

10th October - Tuning in to psychotic states of mind

17th October - Assessment of suicidal risk

24th October - Working with Adolescence - struggling with the turmoil of Adolescence.

7th November - Working with eating disorder – the silent assassin.

14th November - Working with deliberate self-harm – working on a knife edge.

21st November - Anti-social personality disorder – actions speak louder than words.

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

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.


September 26th, 2024 8:00 PM through November 21st, 2024 9:30 PM
Online via Zoom
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Full series £ 85.00
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.
Full series £ 85.00