Free Groups on this Site


Authored on :
07/02/2021by :

Containing Groups

Our Special Interest Groups for 2021


We hold a Psychodynamic Symposium every weekend where members of this Site can meet for live discussions.  It’s co-chaired by Jenny Sprince and Judith Trowell.

This is an open group, we welcome new members, and you don’t need to commit to regular attendance. We alternate meetings between Saturdays and Sundays, from 4.00 to 5.30pm.

If you’ve never attended before, send us an email here and we’ll send you joining instructions.

Authors in Process - encouragement for writers

  • Are you hoping to write a paper? 
  • Would you like to contribute to a blog?
  • Do you want to post the occasional comment?

We know you’ve got interesting things to say.

And we would love your thoughts and opinions to enhance the liveliness of our Community Site.

Andrew Briggs and Mandy Little are convening a small group where you can try out your ideas and get expert help.  We’ll be meeting monthly from January.

If you’re interested in joining, just email us here.

Podcasts and Videos

We have been meeting for a while now, to learn how to enliven our Site and its many groups with a selection of videos and podcasts and we’d love you to join us.   If you would like to find out more, just send us an email here.   

Focus on Zoom 

This group meets on alternate Thursdays at 5.30pm to explore the transition to screen communication and its impact, both socially and professionally.   

Go here to find out more, and if you would like to join, send us an email here.

Film Discussion Group

This group meets once a month on a Wednesday. To join or to find out more just send an email

Richard Pratt writes: 

Susan and I started our film discussion group in June this year, partly as a response to Covid-19 and the impulse to make connections with a creative medium of “moving pictures” that distinctively helps us to “offer both a way into our minds and out of the limits of our minds and into the world” as I phrased it when we began. We’ve discussed six films now and created a shared experience that offers continuity and openness to a range of associations (personal and professional) responses. Somehow, despite the feelings many of us have about being “zoomed out” the group does transcend this and I have felt enlivened by the experience and opportunity to meet others through this shared interest and focus. Although there’s a group of us who attend regularly, there’s an openness that has allowed others who are not able to attend regularly to join and contribute. We’ve tended to start with an individual’s initial response and carried on from there in a way that’s generally felt exploratory and unpredictable. For me, anyway, watching these movies with the group in mind has enabled them to take on a resonance and presence for me that generally doesn’t occur. These films feel to me like “imaginative objects” to which I now have an ongoing relationship to us and to one another. For me, cinema in a distinctive way offers among other things insight into interior experience and its relationship to the world and culture that is a corrective to the potential for scholarly psychoanalytic accounts to become “disembodied”.

Working in schools

This group offers a supportive space for anyone working in schools and educational settings - or who has an interest in sharing thoughts, feelings and experiences about schooling in lockdown,  and its repercussions.  

If you want to know more just email us here.

Social work and social care

Phil Faulkner and Andy Davies host a forum for professionals working in social work and social care. The group is free to join and meets once a month to share and discuss experiences, reflections, literature and learning - they focus on what is most important and preoccupying for members.   If you would be interested in joining, send them an email here

Thinking internationally

Harriet Calvert will be hosting a space to think about how the Pandemic is experienced in different countries, cultures and communities. If you’re interested in joining her, send her an email here

The Experience of Ageing - Living and Working through a Pandemic.

Tony Burch writes:

A few of us are setting up a reflective group where we can think together about the experience of ageing for ourselves and for others, and relate it to themes of mourning and loss; we hope to explore art, literature and the socio-political environment.  The group will be co-led by Carolyn Adair and Esther Ramsay-Jones. 

Carolyn writes:

An open group created to offer a reflective space in which we can consider the implications of ageing as we soldier on throughout the pandemic.  

It is a place where we share our personal experiences as we bear witness to the pace at which time has moved both quickly and slowly for us all.   We consider our own place in the world, we ponder  the powerfully evoked memories of our elderly patients and reflect on how art and  literature have woven in and out of our consciousness during this time.

“The only real things in life are food and love in that order just like our little dog Ruby.  I really believe this and the source of art is love.  We have lost touch with nature rather foolishly as we are part of it, not outside it.  This will in time be over and then what? What have we learnt? I am 83 years old. I will die. The cause of death is birth”. 

(Reflections from the  artist David Hockney  when interviewed by BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz in March 2020 at the beginning of the National Lockdown)

If you want to join us, please email Carolyn via the Community Site.