“I AM”: A central tenet of Winnicott's unique view of depression

Saturday 14th July, 2018

10:00 am



The Conference Hall, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PE

Saturday 14th July 10:00-13:00

Dr Chris Brogan  will explore Winnicott’s ideas on Depression with particular reference to Winnicott’s paper The Value of Depression (published in the book Home is Where We Start From). The presentation includes examples from clinical work with adults.

Dr Lenny Fagin will then join him to consider how these ideas contribute to current views of Depression and, in  particular,  their usefulness for both clinicians & patients.

The presentations will be followed by a plenary discussion chaired by Angela Joyce

Depression is now said to affect one in ten adults and one in thirty children: the World Health Organization predict it will be responsible worldwide for the highest level of disability of any condition.

It is 50 years since Winnicott wrote about depression so can he tell us anything new or help us re-discover something lost? For Winnicott, Depression is a sign of developmental progress: the person has achieved a stage where he/she has an outside and an inside and a sense of “I AM”. This can be a precarious state of affairs. Winnicott lays out radical views on aggression and destructiveness, creativity and play and the importance of ‘contributing-in’ .

Dr. Chris Brogan is a retired medical psychotherapist in Newcastle upon Tyne

Dr Lenny Fagin has been an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist for 38 years and has been assessing students in university settings for 11 years. He is co-editor of Experiences of Mental Health Inpatient Care: Narratives of Service Users, Carers and Professionals

Angela Joyce is an Adult & Child psychoanalyst, Training & Supervising Analyst, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society: she is Chair of the Winnicott Trust and a Trustee of Squiggle.

Tickets obtainable at the door on the day of the lecture. Doors open at 9.45 a.m.

Squiggle Members £30, non-members £35, Concessions £15

Enquiries to The Administrator, The Squiggle Foundation phone – 07717330327,

email:  info@ squiggle-foundation.org

The nearest underground station is Mornington Crescent (Northern line).The nearest , over-ground & mainline stations are at Camden, Kings Cross and St Pancras.

There is also a free car park at the hospital.