Bi-Blog/Tri-Blog

The Bi-Blog/Tri-Blog is an online discussion between eminent therapeutic communiters David Kennard and Bob Hinshelwood.  with an open invitation to readers to join in the conversation (Tri-Blog? Quad-Blog?)?  by sending a blog entry to Craig or using the Comment facility at the bottom of each page. 

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David Kennard (pictured left) is an independent consultant psychologist/group analyst working with forensic services, hospices and asylum seekers.

Author of the seminal "An Introduction to Therapeutic Communities" he is a founding member and former Chair of the UK Network of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS UK); and apart from an active career as a therapeutic community practitioner, researcher and writer, is also a former editor of the Therapeutic Communities journal.

Bob Hinshelwood (pictured right) is a Trustee of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society,  Professor in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, and previously Director of the Cassel Hospital.

He has written extensively on psychoanalysis (including A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought, 1989, Clinical Klein 1994) and its application to healthcare (including Suffering Insanity 2004), and to observational studies on social organisations (including co-authoring with Wilhem Skogstad Observing Organisations 2000).  He has a long association with Therapeutic Communities, having founded the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities (now Therapeutic Communities) in 1980 for the Association of Therapeutic Communities (now merged with the Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities to form TCTC - The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities).

I'm off early tomorrow to Turin and Como for conferences over the weekend. So may not be back in touch till after Tuesday.

I've read yours but had too much on today to think what I think, which I'll do tomorrow when my head feels clearer. What a wonderful place to go for conferences, Bob. Hope you enjoy them.
Yes, it is pretty good place to come to, just south of the Alps, and surrounded by Italian style. But having got up at 3.45 this am to fly with Ryanair, my head is about as clear as David's at the moment.
OK. I'm emerging. Had to get my head round a first attempt by the ISPS UK Committee to conduct a committee meeting on Skype yesterday. It felt a bit like the paralympics without any check on levels of handicap. But I could see its potential if we were on a level playing field, so to speak.
Anyway I'm here now, and Bob's there, and Craig is there. Yes, I'd be interested to buy a bi-blog, or try a tri-blog. Or dial a diablog. Sorry, I seem to be getting carried away.
Bob, maybe you could start with the conferences in Italy, when your head has cleared. How's the weather there?
OK. I'm emerging. Had to get my head round a first attempt by the ISPS UK Committee to conduct a committee meeting on Skype yesterday. It felt a bit like the paralympics without any differentiation of levels of impairment. But I could see its potential if we were on a level playing field, so to speak. Anyway I'm here now, and I'd be interested to buy a bi-blog, or try a tri-blog. Or dial a diablog. Sorry, I seem to be getting carried away.  Bob, maybe you could start with the conferences in Italy, when your head has cleared. How's the weather there?
Weather in Italy was very English (they kept telling me) - rained non-stop for days and days. Got back last night, and will spend a few days catching up. Then plenty to talk about - I spent some time with Salomon Resnick - what does ISPS think of his books? Is he a presence? He also said he had started a TC at Netherne Hospital in the late 1950s, but I'd never heard of it - what about you?