27th June 2017 
London Lectures  #01Monthly Lecture Series
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square,
London WC1R 4RL
From the early 1950s the Adlerian Society has held monthly public lectures at this historic venue in central London, where Alfred Adler himself lectured in the 1930s. The topics vary widely and are always relevant to the development and application of Adlerian psychology today. All are welcome (no need to book)

7 (concs 4) | Info: Gwyneth Evans-Patel email


London Lectures  #02 7.30pm Tuesday 11 April 2017
'Addiction Treatment using Adlerian Principles: Finding Courage in a Discouraging Environment'
Presented by Mary-Rose Pearsall

Mary-Rose will talk about addictions treatment of drug and alcohol addicted prisoners, sharing the way she works and the techniques she finds most helpful in encouraging clients to lead a life free of crime and mind/mood-altering substances. Through the use of case-studies and client vignettes Mary-Rose hopes to show how she utilises some of the Adlerian principles as described in the work of Henry Stein and James Holder.

Mary-Rose Pearsall has worked as a counsellor using Adlerian techniques since her training in the early 1980s. After an integrated psychotherapy training in the mid-80s she went on to work with dual diagnosis clients in the USA where she completed State and National Certification in Addictions Treatment, always incorporating Adlerian thinking in her therapeutic approach. She currently works as a Drug and Alcohol Practitioner at HMP Brixton on the Drug Recovery Wing.


London Lectures  #03 7.30pm Tuesday 9 May 2017
'Psychologically Informed Environments: Therapeutic Regeneration'
Presented by Dean Whittington

In this provocative talk Dr Dean Whittington, author of Wrenching Open the Doors of Perception, Beaten into Violence and Psychologically Informed Environments (amongst others) will talk about how to generate therapeutic regeneration of those groups previously written off.

By returning to Adler’s breach with Freud, he critiques the current academic obsession of trying to locate various human existential predicaments to an invisible gene, which operates ‘as if’ it has veracity within academia. In critiquing these cultural myths passed within a Ponzi scheme, Whittington instead draws on phenomenology and praxis to look at how children develop ‘schemas of apperception’ to create a private logic and then write a script in relation to the parenting style they are subject to.

He then looks at the role of institutions in generating emotional recovery, rather than managing appearances; a significant challenge for practitioners entrapped within current care systems.

Dr Dean Whittington is a psychotherapist who worked extensively on masculinities, focusing on childhood trauma, violence, self-medication and relationships whilst working for 16 years in Deptford in south-east London. Substance use and the links to crime were the major issues when building and running a detox street agency. Latterly he pioneered psychotherapy with a street homeless population in south London ushering in psychologically informed environments (PIE’s). Currently he works as a trainer and reflective practitioner focusing on gangs, mental health, substance use and extremism whilst lecturing on the Masters Programme on Addiction and Forensic Psychology at South Bank University.


London Lectures  #04 7.30pm Tuesday 13 June 2017
'Alongsideness in working relationships and as epistemology: What does alongsidedness mean to me – and to you?'
Presented by Robyn Pound

Alongsideness as epistemology is personal knowledge of relationship researched in relationship. The process creates and sustains relationships to enhance alliances between all involved for generating individual knowledge about how to live purposeful lives. As a practitioner researcher in mental health and research contexts I hold self-worth to be requisite for Social Interest in community action. Social Interest is analogous with reduced isolation and inferiority feelings, increased sense of belonging and capacity to take responsibility for our behaviour and influence on the world around us. Influenced by Adlerian psychology, alongsideness emerged from doctoral practitioner research to improve and explain my health-visiting using Living Theory methodology (Whitehead 1989). It describes values motivating my practice and evaluation approaches.

As a way of being and as epistemology, alongsideness emerged from my personal characteristics, early and subsequent life experiences and unique contexts, prompting a constructed view of how my life 'should' be. Although alongsideness appears widely recognised, each version will not be recognised in its entirety by anyone else even with similarities in motivation and practice.

This talk will look at emergence of alongsideness as an epistemology exploring inevitable contradictions in real life relationships and will invite participants to share practical and theoretical experiences towards improving practice and generating knowledge.

Robyn Pound PhD, BA Hons, NZ RGN, Cert Health Visiting, Dip Adlerian Psychology: I trained as a health visitor and later for a diploma in Adlerian psychology and worked in front-line community practice until 2016. My career as practitioner researcher focused on improving community practice for child and family wellbeing and on community development. My current practice is supporting Make a Move charity to deliver and research therapeutic dance groups for mothers with postnatal depression and I support Adlerian and other educational research groups by Skype. Recent publications are in fields of Health Visiting, Adlerian psychology and Living Theory research.


Watch this space for details of more lectures in 2017