Lectures & Speakers
Freud & The Unconscious – Dr Mark Vernon, PhD
The theories of the unconscious that Freud formulated have sparked much controversy since he first outlined the extent of his discoveries in a seminal paper published over 100 years ago. Sceptics sneer at them, assuming they’re as discreditable as penis envy. Yet the latest research suggests that far from being past their sell-by date, our understanding of what we’re not conscious can be greatly aided by Freud’s insights, as well as the substantial developments that have emerged since then.
In this talk, Dr Mark Vernon, will examine whether the mechanisms Freud ascribed to the unconscious were right. Are dreams really the “royal road” to the unconscious? Do we have an unruly part of ourselves he called the id? Is the unconscious a domain that is timeless? The talk will explore Freud’s theories in light of subsequent science, ask how they stand up given what we know now, and take the story into the 21st century as it is enlightened by ongoing ideas and psychotherapeutic practice.
Dr Mark Vernon is a writer, broadcaster, psychotherapist and former Anglican priest, with an interest in Ancient Philosophy. His work focuses on the skills and insights that illuminate our inner lives. He contributes regularly to programmes on the BBC, comments and reviews for the national press, as well as giving talks and leading workshops.
Dr Vernon has degrees in physics and theology, and a PhD in Ancient Greek philosophy. He is a member of the teaching faculty at the School of Life, and works as a psychotherapist in private practice and at the Maudsley hospital. For more information, please see www.markvernon.com.
Adler & Trauma – Anthea Millar
What is at the heart of being human? Alfred Adler proposed that it is our basic social embeddedness and need for connection and belonging. Drawing on this view, it would follow that all human problems are social problems, the individual and society being inextricably linked – traumatic events unfortunately being part of this human experience.
Recent key developments in understanding the biopsychosocial factors underpinning traumatic experience and effective therapeutic interventions intriguingly echo Adler’s views of over 100 years ago. In this talk, Anthea Millar will outline Adler’s core ideas, and professional connection with Freud and Jung. Then drawing on her own practice using anonymised case studies, she will identify how Adler’s approach provides a valuable framework for integrating many of the developments in neuroscience and contemporary trauma informed therapy.
Anthea Millar is Vice President of the Adlerian Society in London and a co-editor of the UK Adlerian Journal. She has many years’ experience as an Adlerian psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, and a busy therapy and supervision practice where she specialises in trauma work.
Anthea is co-author of ‘Practical Supervision: How to become a Supervisor for the Helping Professions’ and has written many chapters and articles on Adlerian approaches to trauma. She set up the Adlerian counselling training near Cambridge over 30 years ago, and is also co-founder of Cambridge Supervision Training www.cambridgesupervisiontraining.org.
Carl Jung & The Archetypes – Dr Kevin Lu, PhD
The term: ‘archetype’ was coined by the Swiss psychoanalyst and psychiatrist: Carl Gustav Jung. Jung’s work has been influential not only in psychology, but also in anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies. The archetypes, Jung argued, influence the unfolding of human development, are the sources of our dreams, and are enacted in the myths and rituals of almost every culture that has ever existed in human history.
In this lecture, Dr Kevin Lu, will explore Carl Jung’s theory of archetypes – one of the distinctive features of his analytical psychology. The talk will examine the various ways in which the archetypal concept may be understood, and will focus on the distinction made between archetypes and archetypal images. Dr Lu will also discuss some of the more notable archetypes, including the shadow, the persona, the anima/animus and the Self.
Dr Kevin Lu, PhD, is Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.
He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Jungian Studies.
Dr. Lu’s publications include articles and chapters on Jung’s relationship to the discipline of history, critical assessments of the theory of cultural complexes, and Jungian perspectives on graphic novels and their adaptation to film.
What TWU attendees are saying:
Great initiative! For people that like myself are passionate about psychology but wouldn't commit to long term course or training it's a wonderful opportunity to listen to qualified professionals in the area in a relaxed atmosphere.
Just attended my second Weekend University day of lectures at Birkbeck, this time on Memories, Dreams and Existentialism. A great mix of speakers, styles and content which left me wanting to go home and find out more about two out of the three subjects. Fantastic to see Emmy Van Deurzen in action - she's a bit of a heroine of mine! One tip would be to ask the audience to fill up the rows of seats before the start as inevitably some people arrive late (like I did) and it was all a bit chaotic at the back of the auditorium. There were empty seats near the walls but no way to get to them without having four or five people stand up.
Great initiative. Eminent speakers, fascinating talks.
Another amazing day of learning! Thank you Niall.
I just wanted to say what a fabulous day it was on Sunday. The presenters were all highly engaging and the material fascinating. I am ever so grateful to have been able to attend and look forward to any future similar events with 'zest'!
I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a well organized event with fantastic informative talks by knowledgeable and charismatic speakers. Looking forward to future events.
Great event, 3 fantastic lectures presented
I found the 3 speakers to be extremely well prepared, professional, charismatic, authentic in their delivery of there content. They all had something to share. They were very clear on the "takeaways" which I found in important for such a long day. They all 3 were also very generious in spending time after their talk, to answer more 1-2-1 questions on the side of the room. Very generious. I look forward to future weekend university days.
Just to say that I was so impressed with the quality of the lectures today. It is rare to find that kind of substance, and I imagine you looked long and hard to choose. You are doing a great job. I will definitely come again and tell those I know who would be very interested.
I have attended lots of psychology workshops and would rate this organisation very highly. Interesting, engaging speakers and well run course at an affordable price. Well done Niall. You deserve to do very well
What an intense and heartening day, Jan 28th at Birkbeck U venue. Despite being crowded (testiment to the desire for these events and the calibre) we were comfortable enough to be riveted by the material for hours. I appreciated the free coffee, because the day was long for those like me who come from outside the city. I look forward to the slides being sent to fill out my notes. Fellow audients were warm and attending for a variety of reasons, and are the second fab reason to be there for the day.
Just attended Scientific Behaviour Change - Ancient Wisdom & Modern Psychology and had the most fantastic, enlightening and inspiring day. All three speakers were at a tremendously high level and (to echo the reviewer below) the variety of approaches and theories around a single topic gave great insight. I've already booked for next month.
Today's event was so good, I immediately booked for next one in February!?
The day of Psychology was really insightful, it has inspired me to start researching into all spectrums of mental health & psychology. Something I particularly liked about the day, was the contrast and variety of theories and approaches by each of the three speakers
Interesting lectures on a variety of areas of Psychology and well organised.
A really good mix of topics. I was engaged all day and i'm looking forward to the next one!