Workshop: Working with Drug & Alcohol Addiction

June 10, 2017


with Eric Harper

What does psychoanalysis do when faced with somebody who presents with addiction? This workshop will consider what psychoanalysis brings to the field of addiction, bearing in mind that the founding scene of psychoanalysis is a repression of Freud’s addiction. Freud underwent disfigurement and died as a result of a nicotine addiction. Does this warrant consideration in what a psychoanalytic approach to addiction might look like? The current political idiom is ‘building recovery capital’. Is this what psychoanalysis wants to sign up to? Can psychoanalysis be a cure to addiction and/or should the analyst consider a partnership approach with addiction services? In considering these questions we will also consider what those struggling to become free of a life consumed by addiction use as coping strategies, teaching and support.

Dr Eric Harper is a psychotherapist, social worker and human rights activist, currently working in London with homeless persons presenting with both mental health and addiction challenges. Prior to this he managed a Mental Health Crisis Centre and Drug and Alcohol structured day rehab program. He has worked in Africa and the USA with war trauma and torture survivors and also assisted with the founding of the African Sex Worker Health and Human Rights Alliance.

Time: 2-5pm

Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL

Cost: £50.00 or £40.00 if you book 3 or more workshops at the same time.

£30 reduced fees for trainees from the SITE and other organisations.

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CPD certificates will be provided