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Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sutherland Trust has postponed its biannual lectures until 2021, when we will return with an exciting programme of in-person, face-to-face events.

Our annual Assistive Awards scheme continues unaffected. Awardees from the May 2020 round will be supported, and we will open a new competition in 2021.

We look forward to meeting again in 2021!


To Be Met as a Person at Work. Is it Possible?
Presented by Nicola Neath
Thursday 31 October 2019: 6.30pm for 7pm lecture
Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP

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Tickets also available on the door (subject to availability)
Tickets: Full Price: £15; Concession, Students or Friends of Sutherland Trust: £7:50
Refreshments (included in ticket price) will be available from 6:30 pm.

The mental health genie is out of the bottle –it is now widely accepted that mental health is the biggest health issue affecting UK employers and employees.  Following the pioneering work of Una McCluskey, this talk will offer a detailed description of a particular application of Attachment Theory, operationalised as a model of training and staff support, aimed at formal and informal organisational leaders and managers. The intervention supported better ways of working to ameliorate against burn out, unnecessary or unprocessed interpersonal conflict and support ways of working that nourish self-esteem, creativity and collaborative working. The intervention covers these questions: Can you talk about careseeking and caregiving at work? Can you change how you go about it? Can you talk about fear? Can you talk about sex? Can you notice what helps keep us secure, creative? Can you talk about the interplay between our inner and our outer environments? Can you talk about emotional literacy, which helps us understand how our history and attachments affect our professional relationships?
The published findings covered these areas and can be applied to any organisation, therefore I will be describing a coherent system, which offers new ideas to support managers and leaders to help them navigate the landscape of humans at work. I will herald attachment theory again as the next pioneering landscape for leadership.
About Nicola Neath, BA (Hons), Grad. Dip. in Counselling. MBACP accredited. Chair BACP Workplace Division (2016-19). Member of the National Council for Work and Health.
Nicola is an Integrative Psychotherapist and trainer, working in the Staff Counselling and Psychological support Service at the University of Leeds. She began her career in environmental campaigning and training in the voluntary sector over twenty years ago, she has worked in the public and private and sectors in a variety of roles. She has published on Relational Ethics; offers parliamentary briefings when asked; written several articles for BACP journals; delivered a paper for OPUS London. Following a pioneering and successful organisational application of the Attachment based McCluskey Model at the University of Leeds, she and Una have now published an account of the application and the model in the book titled To be Met as a Person at Work. This March, she was also one of the speakers at the national Health and Wellbeing at Work conference held the NEC. She has a small private practice, which is mainly for collaborative training. She is passionate about bringing different psychological perspectives into the workplace.


Political Violence and the Dialectics of Hope

Presented by Professor Andrew Samuels
Saturday 11 May 2019: 12.30 p.m.

Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP
Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will  be available from 12 noon
Tickets: £15
Discounted rate: £7.50 (student, unwaged, friend of Sutherland Trust).
Please book via Eventbrite Tickets on sale from 21st January 2019.
Tickets available on the door (subject to availability)        
Most liberal-minded people speak up for non-violence and admire Gandhi. Therapists are usually aligned with this ideal. But is it a psychologically sustainable position? Are there circumstances in which political violence is, to use Hannah Arendt’s word, ‘rational’? In this fascinating and thought provoking lecture the speaker will argue that working through ambivalences concerning this kind of thinking may offer us a firmer and more realistic foundation for hope in times when it is difficult to feel hope in relation to politics. This lecture will provide insights about Andrew’s work and his methods – how he draws on a wide range of approaches to psyche, including post-Jungian, relational psychoanalytic and humanistic ideas; but roots his work in citizens’ lived experience, and in what can be learned from therapy work carried out with political awareness. While Andrew does not disguise his background in progressive and left-wing politics and his commitment to diversity and equality, he remains open-minded and celebrates many different takes on social and political issues. 
Andrew Samuels is recognised internationally as one of the foremost political commentators and theorists from the perspectives of psychotherapy and depth psychology. He works as a consultant with political leaders, parties and activist groups in several countries, including the United States. He also consults to the NHS. Andrew is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, in private practice in London, and Professor of Analytical Psychology at the University of Essex. He was Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and one of the two founders (with Judy Ryde) of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.
His many books have been translated into 21 languages, including: Jung and the Post-Jungians (1985); A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis (1986); The Father (1986); Psychopathology (1989); The Plural Psyche (1989); The Political Psyche (1993); Politics on the Couch (2001); Persons, Passions, Psychotherapy, Politics (2014); Relational Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling: Appraisals and Reappraisals (edited with Del Loewenthal, 2014). His latest books are A New Therapy for Politics? (2015) and Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Analysis (edited with Emilija Kiehl and Mark Saban, 2016). A number of his articles, lectures and videos are available on:


Coming home, becoming home: making stories and art as inquiry

Presented by: Jonathan & Tess Wyatt

Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP
Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 6.30 pm
Home is often spoken of as singular and as a noun, as are its clichés. ‘Home is where the heart is.’ ‘Home sweet home.’ Home is a place, a somewhere. We move home. Leave home. Return home. Or don’t, the politics ever present. Yet home might be multiple, fluid, transient, provisional, a process; a verb. Neither one, thing nor another, a state of mind. A constant simultaneous making and re-making, dismantling and re-building, even as we might feel ‘settled’ and ‘at home’. A persistent state of being in the threshold, of being in-between.
In this lecture we will work through stories and art that draw from our experience of and since moving to Scotland, to inquire into notions of ‘home’. We entwine (and perhaps trouble) the personal and the cultural, the internal and the external, the material and the affective, in order to bring alive the complexities of what home might be(come).
Jonathan Wyatt is Professor of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also Director of the new Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry. Until July of this year he was, for four years Head of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences. He has published widely on collaborative writing, autoethnography and loss, and is due to complete a book, Therapy, Stand-up and the Gesture of Writing: Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry, by the end of July 2018, to be published by Routledge.
Tess Wyatt is an artist, teacher and expressive arts facilitator. She has held three art exhibitions since moving to Edinburgh in 2013, has contributed to two edited collections on collaborative writing and has co-authored a number of articles and book chapters.
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Payments on the door will also be accepted.
Full Price: £15
Discounted rate: £7.50 (student, unwaged, Friend of Sutherland Trust)


Alienation in Families: On Reflection and Action

Presented by: Nick Child

Monday 14 May 2018, 6.30pm for 7pm lecture
Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP
Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 6.30 pm
Professionals who work with families are familiar with situations in which one separated parent turns a child against the other parent for no good reason. In addition – and topical given the new law on coercive control – emotional abuse is hard to detect and understand. Alienation is a relational concept that has been used in many ways. Thinking about its meanings can transform what we do. In this absorbing and inspirational lecture Nick will argue that a better understanding of the concept could change lives.
Nick Child is a retired CAMHS psychiatrist. He was taught by Jock Sutherland and has actively promoted psychoanalytical psychotherapy, family therapy, and child psychotherapy. He organised the Pitlochry Conference in the 1980s. Since retiring, Nick has worked part-time in the small family therapy team at Bright Light relationship counselling. Campaigning to promote family therapy in the non-statutory sector, coincided with his learning more about Parental Alienation from a client.
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Payments on the door will also be accepted.
Full Price: £15
Discounted rate: £7.50 (student, unwaged, Friend of Sutherland Trust)


What does Therapy have to say about
personal and political life
and how do we do it?


Presented by: Susie Orbach

Monday 30 October 5.00pm for lecture at 5.30pm (please note the earlier start time than usual)

Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP
Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 5.00pm
Dr. Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre. Susie is the author of several books including Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies.  In her most recent book, In Therapy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy – what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help – through five dramatised case studies which were originally broadcast as a Radio 4 series.
In this lecture, Susie will play an untransmitted episode and talk about the issues that come up. She will use the session to make links to and reflect on the pressing political issues of our times.
Tickets: £15 (£7.50, student and unwaged) available at Queen’s Hall Box Office
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