Connecting Conversations Event – Psychoanalyst and Author Stephen Grosz in conversation with Author John Lahr – Sunday 24 March 4 – 5.30pm at the Tricycle Theatre

This is a fundraiser for Camden Psychotherapy Unit

John Lahr talks to psychoanalyst and author Stephen Grosz about his recently published book The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves and about his work over the last 25 years.

‘Experience has taught me that our childhoods leave in us stories – stories we never found a way to voice, because no one around us helped us to find the words. When we cannot find a way of telling our story, our story tells us – we dream these stories, we develop symptoms, or we find ourselves acting in ways we don’t understand.’
-The Examined Life

Stephen Grosz was born in Indiana and educated at Berkeley and Oxford. For the past twenty-five years he has worked as a psychoanalyst. The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves is his first book.

Among John Lahr‘s books are Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr and Prick Up Your Ears: the Biography of Joe Orton. Since 1992, he has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker.

Venue: The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road London, NW6 7JR

Date: Sunday 24 March 2013


Time: 4-5.30pm (doors open 3.30pm)

Tickets: £25 

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A Job for Someone you know? An APPCIOS member in Hampshire?

Job Description Family Support Service Manager
Reports to Governance & Contracts Manager
Job Summary
To manage, develop, and provide a psycho-social support service for children, young
people and families referred to Naomi House and jacksplace, including management of a
team comprising Counsellor, Support Worker for children and young people and
Key responsibilities
1. To have an understanding of, and response to, the needs of children, young people
and families at a time of uncertainty / crisis.
2. To continue the development of the Family Support Service to ensure a
comprehensive response to children, young people and families accessing Naomi
House and jacksplace, including ongoing development of new and existing resources.
3. Provide line management and support to the Family Support Service staff including all
aspects of supervision, appraisals, reviews, performance and absence management,
training and development.
4. Facilitate multi disciplinary planning, review and assessment meetings within Naomi
House and jacksplace to provide a psycho-social perspective to relevant case
discussions and wider service development.
5. Participate in relevant multi disciplinary meetings with other statutory and non
statutory organizations / agencies relating to service users such as CAF (Care around
the family) or TAC (Team around the child) meetings, reviews, or Child Protection, and
to co-ordinate with other team members regarding their participation in these.
6. Co-ordinate and undertake home visits to families for referral assessment, support,
review, or discharge purposes as required.
7. Participate in and support pre-bereavement / bereavement work offered to children
and families within the Hospices.
8. To maintain caseload of more complex situations.
9. To actively contribute to and develop qualitative and quantitative monitoring, auditing / evaluation systems as required within the Clinical Governance Framework.
10. Produce reports or statistics as required as part of the Clinical Governance Framework.
11. Attend and participate proactively in relevant management or other staff meetings, to ensure development of ongoing best practice within the organisation.
12. To manage student placements, using a range of approaches, inclusive of direct and arms-length supervision but retaining a clear overview of student progress and any safeguarding issues.
13. To proactively maintain own professional development and training opportunities; including effective supervision as agreed by Line manager.
The job description does not attempt to describe all the tasks and responsibilities of the post, but rather illustrates with examples the main role of the post-holder. It is therefore subject to alteration and development and will be reviewed jointly with the post-holder and Director of Care.

Conference – ‘Good Practice with Permanent Placements’

I hope this post reaches you as this is my long overdue first attempt and the last lot of text was strangely swallowed!

I attended the Lauch Event and am currently going through the application process.

By way of introduction, my background is in psychodynamic social work in various roles including CAMHS, family placement and court related work as a Guardian and independent social worker. I moved from London to Wales about 6 years and am freelance. I  undertake a limited amount of court related work and also therapeutic work/consultancy with children and their placements. 

I have been organising a conference on behalf of Nagalro (organisation of independent social workers, mainly Guardians and former Guardians) entitled ‘Good Practice in Permanent Placements’ in Oxford on Monday 11th March, which I think will be of interest to Appcios members, especially those working with looked after and adopted children.

Speakers will be Prof Nina Biehal (research on outcomes in fostering and adoption), Rosemary Wolfson (on concurrent planning), Leslie Ironside (on the perspectives of children) and Jenny Sprince (supporting belonging and work with carers and the network). I am sure you will all be aware of the work of Leslie Ironside as well as Jenny’s.The conference will be chaired by District Judge Nick Crichton of the Inner London Family Proceedings Court.

These conferences have been a good way of bringing people from different professional backgrounds together and of bringing psychodynamic thinking into the more ‘mainstream’ legal and court related professional systems, where it has been greatly appreciated. We are delighted that Jenny will be able to speak.

There are more details on and from the Karen Harris on the Nagalro office on 01372 818504. I can also be contacted directly on or 01239 891386/07967 377802




Psychoanalysis and Politics

Dear all,

There are still places available in our winter symposium,

Eruptions, Disruptions and Returns of the Repressed

in Helsinki 15th-17th of March, in collaboration with the Finnish Psychoanalytic Society, The
programme is attached and here:

The deadline for abstracts has passed, so please do not suggest
presenting (there will be opportunities for that on later occasions) –
though we aim to create a living and democratic space for
participation. So please do get in touch if you would like to come
along and join in the discussions.

A future event for your diaries: our summer symposium takes place from
July 27th-August 4th in Stavern, on the south coast of Norway. Julia
Borossa and Nina Powers are keynote speakers. More information,
including prices, will be available in April. You can send us a
proposal earlier if you have got a paper you would like to present.

For updated programmes and future call for papers, please see our
and our Facebook page:

With best wishes,
Lene Auestad/Jonathan Davidoff
Organisers, Psychoanalysis and Politics

With best wishes,
Lene Auestad/Jonathan Davidoff
Organisers, Psychoanalysis and Politics