WMIP Spring Conference

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WMIP Spring Conference 2020

We have decided to postpone this event due to the Coronavirus situation. Further details as soon as the situation becomes clearer.

We want to keep members and registrants safe and are looking to hold the event at a later date, when the situation is calmer and we can all enjoy what promises to be a fantastic event. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and understand this will be disappointing news, but hope you agree this is the right thing to do given the unprecedented nature of the situation.

Saturday 25 April
10am - 4pm

Matters of Life and Death: Defences and Development

Venue: Newman University, St Hilda Building, Genners Lane, Birmingham B32 3NT

Speakers: Margot Waddell and Alessandra Cavalli

How do we rise to the everyday challenges of growing up and getting old? A day of exploration into the psychological tasks required by the human lifecycle, from birth to death.

WMIP is delighted to bring you our Spring 2020 Conference, focusing on emotional challenges across the human life span. Looking at growth and loss, anxiety and development stirred up at significant points in the lifecycle, the psychoanalytic lens enables understanding of ourselves, and the people we work with.

We welcome our keynote speakers and a choice of facilitated work groups.

Margot WaddellMargot Waddell is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, where she is currently the Chair of Publications. She is a Child Analyst and worked for many years as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She has authored papers and books including, Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and The Growth of the Personality (2002) first published in 1998, and On Adolesence: Inside Stories (2018).

Margot's talk will offer an overview of key anxieties, defences and thrusts for life that are stirred up at significant points in the lifecycle. Thinking about how the changes in the generations evidence the passage of time, how loss and transition works on our internal objects both creatively and regressively, old conflicts return and struggles towards integration and reparation are felt.

Alessandra CavalliAlessandra Cavalli is training and supervising analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology. She supervises therapeutic work with children in care in Mexico (Juconi) since 2008, and has a team of 8 child psychotherapists in London who work with her on the project and travel regularly to Mexico. In 2013 she started a training course in child psychotherapy in Moscow with a group of Jungian and non Jungian child psychotherapists from London. She has published extensively in the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and is co editor with Lucinda Hawkins and Martha Stevns of the book "Transformation", published by Karnac in 2013.

Alessandra's talk will give a closer look at clinical examples from different life stages.


10.00 Coffee and registration
10.15 - 10.30 Welcome and Introduction
10.30 - 11.30 Theoretical overview by Margot Waddell covering defences and how they form through the whole life cycle with questions
11.30 - 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 - 12.30 Break out group sessions
12.30 - 1.15 Lunch (hot, sit down meal)
1.15 - 2.15 Alessandra Cavalli will present two clinical cases at different stages of the life cycle with questions
2.15 - 3.00 Tea break
3.15 - 4.00 Plenary session
4.00 Close

Breakout Groups

Attendees will have the option of selecting their choice of break out group to join, depending on their interest areas and experiences:

  • INFANCY with Eva Whitefield Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
  • EARLY RELATIONAL TRAUMA with Jinny Sumner Analytic Psychotherapist/Parent Infant Psychotherapist
  • ADOLESCENCE with Becky Wylde Child/Adolescent & Parenting Psychotherapist
  • WORKING LIFE with Peter Chidwick Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist
  • OLDER ADULTS with Sandra Harrison Therapist/Group Consultant
  • END OF LIFE/PALLIATIVE CARE with Dr Alison Lee Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist


95 WMIP member
105 professionals

For payment options - see booking form.


The event will constitute 6 hours of CPD. Certificates available after the event on request.

More information

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