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Book of the month – September 2020

Book of the month – September 2020

In this unusual year our usual graduation ceremony has been replaced with an intimate, but no less special, ceremony to mark the achievements of the trainees who have successfully completed their training in 2020.
Our speaker will be the Professor Brett Kahr who has written a wealth of books that explore and explain human behaviour and the world of psychotherapy. His recently published book  On Practising Therapy at 1.45 A.M.: Adventures of a Clinician (Routledge, 2019) addresses traditional and different arenas of psychotherapy, something that is particularly pertinent to the new world we have all been thrust into.
Although Professor Kahr spends most of his week facilitating traditional psychoanalytical sessions with his patients, in his spare time he has had many professional adventures outside the consulting room, broadcasting as Resident Psychotherapist for the B.B.C., lecturing about the intimacies of couple psychodynamics on the stage of the Royal Opera House, and defending “Lady Macbeth” in a murder trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in conjunction with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In this compellingly written and unputdownable book, Kahr shares his wealth of adventures both inside the consulting room and in the wider cultural sphere, disseminating psychoanalytical ideas more broadly. The book suggests that the “traditionalist” and the “maverick” aspects of the practising clinician can exist side by side in a fruitful collaboration. These adventures will encourage those embarking upon their first steps in the helping professions to entertain more creative ways of working.

 

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