24th February 2018 
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). Online tickets available.


Conway Hall website | £7 (concs £4) | Info: Gwyneth Evans-Patel email



London Lectures  #02
7.30pm Tuesday, 13 March 2018
“Addiction and insanity, ‘spirituality’ and neuroscience”

Presented by Gabriel Segal, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, King’s College, London


The processes of addiction and recovery can be very hard to understand from the perspectives of common-sense, clinic and theory. But today, ideas from Alcoholics Anonymous, psychology and neuroscience fit neatly together to form a coherent explanation of these perplexing phenomena.
“The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink” (Alcoholics Anonymous 24). I will explain how an addict’s power of choice is lost. An addict’s choice-making apparatus is severely impaired so that their urges to use can easily overcome and even obliterate their will to abstain. At times, addicts’ choices can be insane. Alcoholics Anonymous offers a conception of addiction as involving a ‘physical allergy’ and a ‘mental obsession.’ I will argue that this conception is correct and vindicated by contemporary neuroscience.
AA’s Twelve-Step recovery program is framed in terms of attaining ‘spiritual experiences,’ described as “huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas emotions and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them” (Alcoholics Anonymous 27). The changes in attitude fundamentally involve a shift away from egocentrism: “Selfishness – self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our problems” (Alcoholics Anonymous 62). I will discuss how the Twelve-Step program allows addicts to reset their guiding self-ideas, move away from egocentrism and alter their ways of dealing with internal and external reality so that they can manage the stresses of life. As a result of this, addicts lose the over-powering urges to use, their power of choice is restored and the problem of their addiction is solved. I will argue that Twelve-Step recovery also can be explained by neuroscience.

Professor Gabriel Segal is an academic philosopher, cognitive scientist and an author. He received a BA in Philosophy from UCL in 1981. His next stop was Oxford, where he received his BPhil in 1983. He then expanded his horizons by going to MIT to study for his PhD, which he completed in 1987.
He has published extensively on philosophy of mind and psychology, and philosophy of language and linguistics. His work has appeared in academic journals, reviews, books and as individual papers. In September 2016, he co-edited Addiction and Choice: Rethinking the Relationship (ISBN†978-0198727224) with Nick Heather. The book was Highly Commended in the category of Public Health at the BMA Book Awards 2017.
Professor Segal appears as a regular panellist on the internet outreach project Askphilosophers.org, a question and answer website intended to spread the knowledge of the world's philosophers.


London Lectures  #03
7.30pm Wednesday 07 February 2018
“Positive Psychology and Life Coaching - their potential relationship to the Adlerian Model?”

Presented by Viv Louizous and John Graves

In recent years Counselling and Therapy have begun to respond to the challenges of traditionally ignoring the encouragement of positive emotions -wellbeing & flourishing, while the pursuit of Positive Psychology has been accused of ignoring the role of negative emotions. The Adlerian model has, of course, always embraced elements of both.
The practice of Life Coaching is attempting to find its USP(unique selling point) in an overcrowded market. We will endeavour to explore some ways in which the two approaches can be integrated in practice and the philosophical, ethical and professional implications of this.


About the facilitators:

Vivien Louizos and John Graves have over 25 years experience as teachers, trainers and counsellors-mainly in educational settings with young people, including younger school pupils and training peer supporters, as well as introducing Life Coaching concepts and skills to older people. Currently they work as student counsellors at a Sixth Form College in Surrey and work with a number of clients presenting with a variety of issues. They also deliver training in a range of Life Skills (including Anger Management; Parenting; Anxiety management); Psychology; Counselling and Life Coaching courses. They have delivered London lectures for ASIIP†and workshops for BAT( Bucks Adlerian Training). They have a particular interest in the relationship between Life Coaching and Counselling and are preparing a new qualification in Integrated Practice for CPCAB.





London Lectures  #04 7.30pm Wednesday, 10 January 2018
“Early Recollections - Personal Treasure Troves”
Presented by Bruce Tate

Early Recollections (ERs) play a central role in Adlerian therapy. In ERs we uncover strengths and resources alongside nonverbal messages and descriptions of how we view ourselves, others and life. We might also gain insight, including about our movement and priorities in life. Working with ERs helps to develop insight and encouragement and along with considering personal strengths, creativity and resources, can help promote choice and an improved sense of personal wellbeing.
During the session I will introduce theory related to ERs, outline the basic practice of working with them in the context of Adlerian theory and then move on to give a demonstration to show how to start to explore a memory.

Bruce Tate Registered Member MBACP (Accred), BA Hons co-ordinates the Adlerian Counselling programme at Bottisham Village College.
He currently works as an independent therapist alongside training commitments. Bruce has attended Adlerian training in Europe, the USA and Canada, and has completed training with Pink Therapy. He is a member of the Board and teaches at the International Adlerian Summer School (www.icassi.net). He has led training in Ireland, Slovakia, the USA and Greece and will lead workshops in Singapore in December 2017. Plans for 2018 include a return to Athens and teaching at the summer school in Bonn, Germany.

Watch this space for details of more lectures in 2018