The Net, pornography and addiction: Contemporary clinical challenges

Dr Graham Music and Ariel Nathanson

Saturday 16 July 2016 10:00 – 16:00

Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED

Workshop cost: £110/ 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Early-bird discount of 15% available until 5 February 2016

The Workshop:

Psychotherapists today face challenges that are new to the profession. The Internet is barely 25 years old but has dramatically changed how we live. Some adolescents and young adult have lived with the Internet all their lives, exposed to its abundance of merits and dark

corners. Patients increasingly present with screen related issues, one of the major ones being pornography.

  • How worried should we be?
  • To what extent are we seeing worryingly new forms of addiction?
  • What does research show?
  • How does this link with our traditional understandings of perverse acts?

This day presents the thinking of two clinicians steeped in work with these patients who work at the Portman clinic, where perverse and acting out patients have been seen for over 80 years. Integrating core psychoanalytic ideas with recent research, the day will be a chance to explore these complex, important if at times disturbing issues.

The Trainers:

Graham Music is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Natures, Attachment and Children's Emotional, Sociocultural and Brain Development (2011), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good

Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and Immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings, clinical work and their social implications. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavstock's child and family department, he has worked therapeutically with maltreated children for over two decades, has managed a range of services concerned with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect and organised many community based psychotherapy services. Graham currently works at the Portman clinic, where he also teaches, lectures and supervises on the Tavistock Child Psychotherapy course, and other trainings in Britain and abroad.

Ariel Nathanson is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. He has been working at the Portman Clinic, for the past 8 years, where he specialises in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults who display perverse, delinquent and violent behaviours. He works with adolescents and adults in private practice and regularly consults to a therapeutic community for adolescents. He is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Centre. He has special interest and experience in the areas of child sexual abuse and children, adolescents and young adults who sexually harm others. He regularly undertakes risk assessments of violent and sexually deviant adolescents and children. He is experienced is assessing families, children and adolescents for the family courts.

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