On Friday 23rd September 2016 The Psychologists Protection Society Trust invited Dr Dawn Devereux to speak on the topic "Managing the Erotic Transference: Preventing Escalation and Avoiding Harm". The session was part of the Psychologists Protection Society's 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Dr Dawn Devereux is Director of Public Support at The Clinic for Boundaries Studies and has responsibility for running services for people who feel they have been harmed by psychotherapy. She leads the mediation and supported dialogue service and is passionate about assisting practitioners to work in ways that reduce the risk of harm. She originally trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and won the British Journal of Psychotherapy essay competition for her final training paper on enactment. She has a Master of Clinical Science degree and PhD in psychotherapy and ethics. She has written chapters for various books on harm in professional relationships, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists book "The Abuse of the Doctor-Patient Relationship". In recent years she has been engaged in a research project to determine and categorise therapist actions that cause harm. This research has been accepted (subject to revision) by the journal Psychotherapy Research and will be published in due course.
Dr Devereux looks at Managing the Erotic Transference; Preventing Escalation and Avoiding Harm. She explores the issues and focuses on actions, suggesting how such transferences might be contained.
The event proved very popular, with over 130 therapists join in at the venue in Edinburgh or watching the live event online. The video has now been edited and is available to watch online for those who could manage to attend the event online or in person.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of the presenters notes.