Free BPS History of Psychology Centre seminar in London

A free BPS public seminar discussing the emergence of the Balint movement from a small informal peer-group of GPs to one of the most influential medical movements of the postwar era will be held on Monday (15 February 2016) in London from 6 - 7:30pm. 

The seminar, ‘The apostolic function’: Michael Balint and the postwar GP', is the third in a series of seminars called the History of the Psychological Disciplines. The series is hosted by the BPS History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with University College London.

During the presentation the speaker, Dr Shaul Bar-Heim (Birkbeck, University of London) will contextualise the emergence of the Balint movement within the heyday of welfarist ideology, where GPs were encouraged to take a parental role in running the emotional economy of domestic lives in their communities. Patients and doctors were invited to adopt a psychoanalytical language that focuses on internal feelings, emotions and unconscious behaviour of the individual. At the same time, however, a new kind of medical authority emerged – one that played a crucial role as a social and ethical guidance in the postwar British welfare society.

Registration is not required and for more information please contact Sonu Shamdasani at UCL (020 7679 8154). The seminar takes place at  the Arts and Humanities Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet Place, University College London from 6-7:30pm on Monday 15 February.

You can view other  BPS History of Psychology Centre events in You Tube.

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