Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social responsibility
PCSR - The Organisation and the Website
Welcome to PCSR's interactive website for therapists counsellors and all who have an interest in politics and social responsibility. Any one with an interest is very welcome to join the website; however this does not make you a member of the organisation. To become a paid-up member of the organisation PCSR and get the benefits, e.g. journals and conference discounts visit the 'join' page.
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PCSR: Locating Psychotherapy and Counselling
in a Socio-Political Context
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9th PCSR Psychotherapy and Politics Conference
MEN, PATRIARCHY and MENTAL HEALTH
6th May 2017 9.30 – 5.30 pm
NCVO Kings Cross, London www.ncvo.org.uk
£100 supporters fee, Standard fee £90, PCSR member £70, Concessionary £50, concessionary PCSR member £40
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Refreshments included but not lunch. Fully wheelchair accessible. Booking: https://pcsr_conference_men_patriarchy_and_mental_health.eventbrite.co.uk
The time has come to challenge the dysfunction that lies at the heart of patriarchy, to recognise that power is not the same as oppression
Jon Blend 'Rip it up and start again?
Nick Clements ‘Belonging' Understanding male identity
Katherine Cox ' Supporting male survivors of sexual abuse and assault'
Phoebus Ebbini 'Domination/submission: power and sexual roles'
Lakis Georghiou 'The quiet coercive use of patriarchy in film'
Caroline Hearst 'Men, autism and mental health’
Andy Metcalf 'Working with Men in Couples Therapy: Dilemmas and Conduits'
Ben Scanlan 'Banter, feelings and breaking from the crowd'
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NEWS from NOVEMBER
PCSR Steering Group and the PCU Committee agreed on 27th November 2016 to send this joint statement to organisations and individuals in the therapy field in the US, in the spirit of support and solidarity.
THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES
STATEMENT FROM THE PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING UNION (PCU, UK) and
PSYCHOTHERAPISTS AND COUNSELLORS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (PCSR, UK)
PCU and PCSR are two progressive organisations in the UK comprised of therapists with interests in politics, society and culture. Our members are aware of the psychological impacts stemming from the result of the US election, and how these are affecting the life and work of our professional colleagues and their clients. Such impacts are manifest here as well. The atmosphere is one of violence and fear.
We are deeply concerned for the individuals and groups most negatively affected by the election result. These include but are not limited to members of ethnic and ‘racial’ minorities (including African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx and Muslims), sexual minorities, those living with physical disabilities. As a result of the misogyny expressed during the election campaign, we are keenly aware of the impact on women, particularly survivors of sexual violence. We are also greatly concerned at what was said about environmental issues during the election campaign, including climate change. This wide range of issues is not only of external significance but also goes to the heart of the internal and emotional concerns of many citizens.
When therapists work with individuals and groups such as those noted, we are made forcibly aware of the ways in which political and economic structures impact psychologically on them in a disproportionate way. In addition, therapists are often forced to address their own prejudices in connection with clients and colleagues from different backgrounds.
We deplore attempts to stigmatise all those who voted for the victor. This is because we are aware of the systemic and class complexities of the choice that was made by many of them.
We are aware that many therapy organisations in the US and thousands of individual therapists are engaged in a wide range of political actions in protest at the general direction the new Administration seems likely to take. As psychotherapists, counsellors, and activists, we stand in support of our colleagues who seek to mobilise in response to the result of the election. We join our organisational names and our memberships in active solidarity and in the hope of dialogue.
For information on our two organisations: http://pandcunion.ning.com/ and
Correspondence: Kate O’Halloran: email@example.com
The space is five tables of (roughly) six participants.
Programme for the day
9.45: Intro to the morning (Nick & Bea)
10:00: Judith Anderson on climate change: Day by day the urgency of the need for action on climate change becomes more evident. with global temperature records falling 15 months in a row. When monsoons break records in India, what makes the headlines is 3 baby rhinos being rescued from the floods, not one million living in temporary shelters. Like the Eco-psychology project, Climate Psychology includes understanding our reactions, both the grief and despair of those who see clearly and those who are most affected. What is the role of the psychological professions? How can we contribute the psychological piece to this issue?
10:45: Paul Atkinson :
Yes actually, we are all in the DWP's chain gang together. And we need to break out together.
Since June 2015, an alliance of mental health activists, campaigners opposed to workfare and psy practitioners have been campaigning side by side to protest against the psycho-compulsion of the DWP's work cure policies. Of course it's benefit claimants suffering the brunt of it. But we psychs are not only implicated in our professional bodies' collusion with work cure and state therapy, our own working environments are corralling us into unethical and alienating regimes of therapeutic practice which erode psychological meaning in favour of utilitarian ideological agendas.
What's the story so far? What plans are there for the future? What do you think?
12:00 Three five minute talks
12:15 Table discussion on the themes/issues raised.
12:30 Three five minute talks
12:45 Table discussion on the themes/issues raised
13:00 Large group & summary (Nick& Suzanne)
PCSR AGM 14.30 -16-30
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