CPD Programme 2019/20:

Beyond the Pale – Psychotherapy with People who Smell

Gabrielle Brown

Sunday 24th November 2019

Registration and coffee: 9:45amWorkshop: 10am – 1pm

Light refreshments provided

Cost: £40.00

Individuals who neglect personal hygiene have evoked avoidance and hostility since the formation of bourgeois society.

Such primitive rejection seeks to displace the homeless and ‘Other’ from our midst and block them from our understanding. If, however, we extend the offer of psychotherapy to those living precarious lives, we need to make sense of broken links between body and mind and of a symptom that can be seen as both defensive and demonstrative.

How can psychoanalytic thought attend to the somatic terrors left by early trauma and attune to suffocating distress and melancholic protest in patients who smell? In this workshop, we will visit historical and anthropological notions of dirt and contagion and bring our conceptual heritage to bear on the somatic expression of unbearable states of mind.

Our explorations will be illustrated from psychotherapy with patients who are homeless, mentally ill or designated ‘anti-social’ and participants are invited to bring their own clinical challenges for discussion in the seminar.

Gabrielle Brown is a Forensic Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London and Consultant Psychotherapist in Reflective Practice at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She has edited ‘Psychoanalytic Thinking on the Unhoused Mind’ (2019) Routledge.

The number of participants is limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Alternatively, to reserve a place please contact: 
Agnieszka Majewska
Course Administrator
Tel No: 020 8371 0180


The MHCPC Continuing Professional Development programme (CPD) offers short courses to keep clinicians up to date with current developments in the profession and enables them to explore various subjects in more depth. Visiting lecturers and speakers have included:

Christopher Bollas, Patrick Casement, Lavinia Gomez, Nina Farhi, Adam Phillips, Neville Symington, Margot Waddell, Anne-Marie Sandler, Sue Gerhardt.


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Contact: Agnieszka Majewska
Course Administrator
Tel No: 020 8371 0180

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Contact: Danielle Redland
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