Severnside Digest

A monthly round-up of psychotherapy-related in Bristol, the South West and beyond.

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Upcoming events

Ethnic Purity, Otherness and Anxiety: The Model of Internal Racism presented by Fakhry Davids

  • When: Saturday 10th October 2020
    • Registration from 11 am
    • Talk from 11.30am (includes a short break)
    • Q&A from 12.45 pm
  • Online lecture
  • Tickets: £10 – £35

Rising numbers of refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the growing threat of extremist violence have fueled the rise of racist sentiment, epitomised by right wing political groupings, across Europe.

This lecture suggests that their grip on the mind stems from a universal, internal racist structure in the mind, which it describes in detail. A consequence of the deployment of this system is a paralysis of functioning in the consulting room, and it is argued that working on this, as part of the analyst’s on-going self analysis, presents a way forward for analysts.

Fakhry Davids is a psychoanalyst practising full-time in London. He is a Fellow and Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, and Visiting Lecturer, Tavistock Clinic, London.  He is a Founding Board Member of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities. His book, Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011.


Past events

Working in the time of Covid-19: Free open forum event for SIP Members

  • When: Saturday 25th of July 2020, 10 am – 11.30 am
  • Online event (hosted via Zoom) for SIP Members only
  • Cost: Free

This open forum event aims to provide a space for SIP members to reflect and exchange their experiences and insights about working during the pandemic, and share their thoughts about going back to face-to-face work.

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Please note that this event is open to qualified Members of SIP only.

FULLY BOOKED – Clinical Seminar for SIP Members with Narendra Keval

Places are limited to just 15 so early booking is advised.

Following the success of his public lecture, “Exploring the Use and Misuse of Race in the Clinical Encounter” in Bristol last year, Narendra Keval returns as guest clinician in a clinical seminar for SIP members.

“Preoccupations about difference in the form of ethnicity, race or racism and their lived experience are always present in subtle ways in the privacy of our daily thoughts and feelings, imagination and dreams. Our clinical encounters are no exception but they need close and sensitive scrutiny to capture the nuances of what is being grappled with and communicated by our patients and to enable clinicians to respond with affective understanding of the unconscious processes present.”

Narendra Keval, author of Racist States of Mind: Understanding the Perversion of Curiosity and Concern, qualified as a clinical psychologist and trained as an adult and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. He also worked as a specialist in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in a range of outpatient settings, working in particular with patients suffering from complex personality disorders. He has been a clinical supervisor, trainer, and visiting senior lecturer at various universities and training institutes both in the UK and South Africa, and a consultant to staff teams in a range of organisations in the private and public sector on issues such as trauma and suicidal risk.

From 2006-08 he was involved in the psychodynamic teaching on the clinical psychology training program at University of Cape Town and University of Western Cape, South Africa. He has also been a guest member and clinical supervisor in the Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; clinical director and consultant psychotherapist on the Doctoral Training Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia; and senior lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at University of Essex. He is currently in full time private practice in London.

Please note that this event is open to qualified Members of SIP only.