Titles ?

This is Jan McGregor Hepburn and I am the  Registrar of the British Psychoanalytic Council [BPC]. I very much enjoyed the APPCIOS Launch Day and found it very heartening to see many new and younger people, as well as meeting with older and more established  colleagues. The BPC very much wants to involved with the development of work using applications of psychoanalytic thinking, and APPCIOS is an excellent and innovative example of this which I and the BPC are pleased to have been able to help along.

I would like to start a conversation here about what we might call the more senior practioners in this field for whom psychodynamic counsellors are not an accurate description, and what criteria and assessment should be used for them. I would be very pleased to hear from other APPCIOS people about these matters; Jenny and I are starting to think about it and planning to do some work on it in the Autumn.

Meantime, have a good summer!


8 thoughts on “Titles ?

  1. Thanks for this, Jan. We have been thinking for some time in the Management Committee about what language to use to define this application of psycho-analytic thinking, so as to differentiate it from work aimed primarily at understanding the inner world of the individual, and undertaken only within the consulting room. I am very grateful to the BPC for recognising the importance of what we are trying to achieve.

    I’d be very interested to hear ideas from other people on this blog site.

  2. hi – i guess that to come up wth an accurate title, should we first define what constitutes a more senior practitioner?

    • Hi i am a new APPCIOS member. The difficulty i have with the title therapist in relation to organizational work is that therapy may not be what is provided. It might be confusing for an organization? If i were to be using a title, i would prefer Organizational Psychodynamic Consultant. Therapy might be one of the things the person could provide. I see as i’m sure we all do organizations who need assistance in sorting out their systems, boundaries, clarity of task, culture etc. Many different types of organization who need this

      • It seems to me that an organisation can itself be conceptualised as a patient in need of therapy. When you work as a therapist with an individual patient, you are, in effect, providing consultation to the organisation of their internal world.

        • I agree with your point Jenny. I think the concept could be sold to an organization in that way. The challenge is the language and to have a title that is accurate and one that also opens doors into organizations. I’m just wondering how i would describe what could be offered to an organization who may not use the language of therapy, etc. I’m thinking about about how people from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations may have talked about their work with all the various industries that consultants using a psychodynamic approach worked with?

          • The title ‘psychodynamic organisational consultants’ is already used by many other people, some of whom would not fulfil our criteria for qualification with APPCIOS, and some of whom would. I think that the dimension of experience in some form of direct clinical work with vulnerable clients, and the requirement that our members have reached the required standard of self-reflective exploration, differentiates us from traditional psychodynamic organisational consultants. Though of course, consultancy is indeed what many of us provide.

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