25th January 2020 
London Lectures . ConwayHall 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 | £10 (concs £5) | Info: Gwyneth Evans-Patel email

7.30 pm Tuesday 11th June 2019
The Courage to be Myself – Overcoming Inferiority Feelings through Social Interest

Azhar Juri applies Adlerian perspectives to his experience of growing up, supporting his single mother raising 6 sons: a consequence of polygamy in his birth country. His feelings of inferiority were subsequently compounded by his experience as a young non-binary Asian migrant in the UK. Azhar tells the story of how he reached a stage in life when he found the courage to discover and practise his lifestyle goals, to overcome his inferiority complex and to find his individual significance and mastery of his own life, through the practise of social interest in everything he does: relationships, beliefs, sexuality and his global career.

Azhar Juri first arrived in the UK in 1991 to train as a teacher; he later retrained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and is currently working as a Registered Manager of a Recovery Care home for working age adults with mental health challenges. He lives and works in Brighton and recently founded a new mental health charity (MeRAC) to improve mental health services in residential care. As chair of the Registered Managers Network (Mental Health) for Sussex, and in conjunction with the new charity, Azhar is spearheading a campaign to increase cooperation within mental health services, and to promote collaboration within the community, ultimately using charity and social interest to bring about more compassion in society.

Azhar will be talking about how social, religious and cultural constructs and expectations defined his upbringing, and how his place in the family birth order dictated his role as the first son of 6 boys, supporting his family members who one way or another were affected by the consequences of a broken marriage (common in polygamous marriages) in his birth country.

In recent years, PTSD took over his life and almost cut it short, but with courage and determination, Azhar found his way through to reshape his world. His life experiences have given him new insight and new energy which he uses to help others to be the best that they can be. A champion of Bollywood dancing and raising LGBT awareness in adult social care, Azhar is passionate about improving all aspects of his own life; from discouragement and feelings of inferiority because he could not be culturally and religiously perfect, he has found his own significance by having the courage to be true to himself. He is happy to share his story and to pass on his enthusiasm by giving others encouragement to discover and find their own lifestyle goals.

Online tickets available

7.30 pm Tuesday 14th May 2019
Five Secrets to Happy Children

Kim Lee-Own says: "one of the biggest secrets of happy children is happy parents. Raising children is one of the most complex, challenging tasks of our lives as adults and often we question whether there is some secret to doing a good job, that nobody told us! When things are difficult, we feel discouraged and as if we are bad parents for not knowing ‘the secret. The result is unhappy parents!

While there are probably many other ‘secrets', the five secrets we will look at this evening are effective and can, when used consistently, help bring clarity, confidence and calm to parent–child interactions. This ‘taster’ will empower people who care for children to feel more in control of their strategies and feel good about themselves and their plans as they go about raising their children.

As a group we will explore ideas to uncover the biggest secret of all – you already have all the tools and strategies that you need to successfully survive the parenting years. We will use a combination of experiential work and discussion activities to explore the five secrets."

Kim is an Adlerian counsellor, supervisor and facilitator, who works with parents in the community to find their own strengths and happiness in parenting their children. She also works as a tutor on the Adlerian Counselling programme in Cambridge.

Online tickets available

7.30 pm Wednesday 10th of April 2019
The psychic life of a child is a wonderful thing

Dr Christine Parker reflects on her experience as head-teacher leading, then co-leading, a dynamic ‘Girls' Chat Group’ of three 10-11-year-old girls.The Group grappled with difficult questions related to anti-discriminatory practice and social justice. Over time, the enlightened girls led an anti-racism and anti-bullying campaign in their own and other schools.

Dr Parker says: “I find Adler’s explanation that the role of the school is to consider the needs of each child and not to make the child fit the requirements of the school as relevant today, as when these words were written 90 years ago and worthy of consideration within the context of the story I tell.”

Christine Parker was a teacher and head-teacher in primary and nursery schools in England for over 35 years. She is currently working as a tutor at the Pen Green Research Base, Corby, supporting students going into teaching and on the MA course. Pen Green is an Integrated Centre for children aged 9-months to 5-years and their families. Her specialist interests are early childhood, school leadership and multilingual childhoods. Christine spent a number of years working abroad. She studied for her PhD at Pen Green and developed primary school leadership through a systemic approach that was responsive to children’s, families’ and staff needs.

Flyer and Online tickets available

7.30 pm Tuesday 12th of March 2019
Transform Your Relationships: At Work, With Friends, With Partners

Joy Marchese, M.A. presents an evening that is fun, enlightening and includes experiential activities designed to help improve all relationships through a deeper understanding and embodiment of Adlerian principles.

This workshop is about personal growth and what you bring to your relationships.  Learn tools to help foster connection, cooperation, communication, and mutual respect in all relationships.  

Joy Marchese, M.A., is a mother, author, educator, and well-being advocate.  For over 20 years Joy has worked with thousands of children, parents, teachers, and corporate leaders to help foster a happy and flourishing environment in the home, in schools, and in the workplace.

Joy is the Founder of Positive Discipline UK. She runs a successful coaching practice and offers seminars and workshops as a Positive Discipline Lead Trainer to various schools and organizations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S.  Joy sees herself as an agent of change.  With her combined passion and experience in parenting, education, professional development, and wellness she is able to give you a comprehensive look into the modern world of parenting, relationships, and personal and professional development. Online tickets available

7.30 pm Tuesday 8th of January 2019
Social Interest, psychological wellbeing, spiritual growth.

Harvey Gilman presents a fascinating exploration of some key concepts in psychology and religion:

Social interest is a key concept in Adlerian psychology for the growth of a healthy human being. The role of the community in the deepening of the spiritual life of humankind is an important aspect of many spiritual traditions. This talk reflects on the contribution of both psychology and spirituality to the relationship of the self and the world at large.

After teaching in secondary education, Harvey Gillman became outreach secretary for Quakers in Britain and then for a number of years was involved in the Adlerian Society of Great Britain. He was also a member of SPIDIR, a network of spiritual directors. He has written and held workshops in Britain, the US, and in several western European countries on the Quaker movement, the nature of the language of religion and mysticism (he is by training a modern linguist), spirituality in general and the relation between psychology and the spiritual life. His latest work, Words, is a compilation of articles examining the ambiguity of key words used in religious circles. He has been influenced by both Buddhist teachings and Jewish mysticism.

In this talk he will explore what we may mean by Social Interest, its key role in Adlerian psychology, and how spiritual/religious traditions may form a basis for social and ecological concern. Harvey sees this as a vital challenge at a time of fragmented individualism, a retreat into a craving for dogmatic certainty, and, at the same time, a suspicion of the grand narratives of politics and religion." Online tickets available

7.30 pm Tuesday 4th of December 2018
Can We Breathe Out Anxiety and Boost Our Resilience? A Challenge for Mind and Body
Presented by Margaret Wadsley- Holistic therapist, Adlerian Counsellor and Supervisor.

Can We Breathe Out Anxiety and Boost Our Resilience? A Challenge for Mind and Body Resilience and anxiety are topics frequently referred to whenever the mental health of communities is mentioned. Anxiety also seems to be on the rise in the world of children and young people. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, talking therapies, herbal supplements and healthier diets are on the increase in schools and clinics. Is this growing confidence in our capacity as human beings to access natural processes to sooth the nervous system, well founded? Margaret will be exploring resilience and anxiety and linking them to issues around attachment. She will highlight connections to Porges Polyvagal Theory and recent discoveries that holistic practices can and do impact resilience positively. She will engage the audience in considering the obstacles to resilience and the factors in society that create greater predispositions to challenges with anxiety and low resilience. Findings from neuroscience research will be shared to give examples of experimental studies that validate claims that ancient practices benefit and calm mind and body. The lecture will include an experiential element to demonstrate the benefits of holistic practices that include: qigong, yoga, meditation and breath practices.

Margaret Wadsley is a UKCP registered psychotherapist who works with children, adults and families. She has extensive experience as a supervisor of qualified and trainee therapists. Her qualifications include: B.Ed., M.Phil., M.A. (Integrative Psychotherapy); Diploma in Supervision; Advanced Diploma in Education (SEN); CSAP(Certificate of Study in Adlerian Psychology), Introductory Certificate in an Adlerian Approach to Family Counselling. She is also a member of the Dru Yoga Professional Network and qualified to teach Breath~Body~Mind practices. She is currently studying for a Ph.D. with the University of Cumbria. The focus of her research is on explaining practitioner effectiveness. Margaret has given presentations both nationally, throughout the UK and internationally; in Canada, the US and Russia. She has also written widely on the subject of personality formation and the links between mind, body and emotion. She has had articles published in a variety of journals. While her overriding interest is in child emotional, social development and learning, she has considerable experience in supporting adults to discover the significance of their early life history and through self-understanding overcome symptoms, for example of anxiety and depression and build resilience, either through therapy or holistic practices.

London Lectures . Camilla 7.30 pm Thursday 15th November 2018
“ Burnout – Can we avoid it?”
Presented by Camilla Ghazala - senior coach, tutor, therapist, supervisor and consultant.

Burnout and other associated health issues are gathering extraordinary momentum particularly with front line employees. Why do we do this highly pressurized, persistently demanding work which requires enormous breadth and depth of skill and who is responsible for our wellbeing? Camilla Ghazala will discuss whether we can really avoid burnout. Our Mental Health bill is around £100billion, 70million working days are lost per annum, employing someone costs about £32,000 and front line employees are at the top of these extreme, unsustainable figures. We live in a permanently changing landscape whilst working with highly complex, often distressed people
and situations, can we really avoid burnout and other associated mental health challenges? How many are in slow, consistent burnout?
Front line includes these professions: law, medicine, mental health, health care, therapy, law enforcement, emergency services, forces, social worker, management, education, veterinary all who provide extraordinary work for our country.
In this lecture we can discuss and consider:
☼What the burnout jigsaw looks like
☼Burnout and Mental Health connections
☼Why do we work front line?
☼My wellbeing: my employers responsibility or mine?
☼How we can encourage our wellbeing protection.

Camilla Ghazala specialises in Psychological/Emotional Development her passion is encouragement, education and enabling others to develop awareness, stability, collaboration, assertiveness and resilience. She works throughout the complex wellbeing sphere (senior coach, tutor, therapist, supervisor, consultant) with mild-severe presentations ensuring wellbeing is developed in a healthy, sustainable style and momentum. Her work within the NHS, charitable organisations, private practice and corporations is with adolescent’s, couples, families (includes children of all ages) and groups.
Camilla skillfully integrates 40 years of dedicated personal development with 36 years of research, training and experience in: Adlerian Psychology, Coaching, CBT, Systemic, Family/Group Process, Buddhist Psychology, Mindfulness, AAT, Creative, Gestalt, TA, Energy Psychology, Clinical Supervision, and has developed a unique Heart-Mind Intelligence model.

London Lectures . Anthea 7.30pm Tuesday, 12 June 2018
“Transforming Early Memory Metaphors in Psychotherapy"
Presented by Anthea Millar - Adlerian psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, Vice-President of the UK Adlerian Society and a co-editor of its Year Book

In this practical lecture, leading Adlerian psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, Anthea Millar, will outline the principles of transforming early memory metaphors so that clients can use them to address current problems and will illustrate its practice through live demonstration.

Alfred Adler (1870-1937) proposed that we will only remember images from our early childhood that confirm and support our current view of ourselves and the world. Early Memories are therefore understood as metaphorical constructions; not used as a means to explain a person’s childhood but to provide information about how a person perceives the world NOW.

So, when a client changes his or her original metaphoric imagery, the process of therapeutic change can be hastened by a change in the client’s experience of self, others and life. Metaphoric transformations offer the client the experience of freedom of choice. Instead of being imprisoned in his or her current metaphoric reality, the client is freed by changing the metaphor, which can result in a change in the client’s perception of reality.

Anthea Millar, M.A., MBACP (Snr Accred.,) UKRC, Dip. IIP is an Adlerian psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, a Vice-President of the UK Adlerian Society (ASIIP) and a co-editor of its Year Book. She set up and coordinated the 4 year Adlerian counselling training in Cambridge for 26 years and is co-founder of Cambridge Supervision Training (www.cambridgesupervisiontraining.com ). Anthea is frequently invited to provide training in both the UK and abroad, most recently in Canada, Bulgaria and Romania, and is also on the faculty of ICASSI, an Adlerian international summer school. She is author of numerous articles and a co-author of the book: ‘Practical Supervision’ (JKP)

London Lectures . Lennox2018 7.30pm Thursday, 19 April 2018

“Shame and Envy in the Therapeutic Relationship”

Presented by Lennox K. Thomas - Consultant Psychotherapist at the Refugee Therapy Centre

Depth psychology frequently encounters shame and envy that is difficult to engage with. Therapists fear reprisals if they raise this issue, leaving this as a taboo subject in therapy. Often shame is connected to problems in the past, deprivation or poverty that has been difficult to get beyond even though the client has had a materially and emotionally successful life. Envy is the hidden part of the encounter with those people perceived to have had an easy life (including the therapist). Working in the consulting room to transform this is difficult for both client and therapist but can transforming and rewarding. The envious person will never have a true appraisal of their own worth and talents if they hold on to shame and its concomitant envy.

Lennox K. Thomas trained in child development, clinical social work, child and family psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Influenced by his work with children and parents in hospitals and probation, Lennox has an interest in attachment, and transgenerational family trauma. He is a co-founder and Consultant Psychotherapist at the Refugee Therapy Centre, and a training therapist and supervisor. He was elected Honorary Fellow of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in 2009.

London Lectures . GabrielSegal
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 . VivJohn
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 . BruceTate 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