Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability

Upcoming IPD Tuesday Webinars

Tuesday 30th June 2020  Covid 19 and the unanticipated shift to online disability psychotherapy, an ongoing learning. 
This is the second of three Tuesday webinars  and will follow a formula with David O’Driscoll in discussion with Dr Eimir McGrath (Psychotherapist).  Some of the Points Dr McGrath will discuss:

  •  The initial response – Managing a transition from face to face to online presence for existing clients and the question of new clients.
  • Assessment and practical considerations in setting up and maintaining sessions. 
  • Experimentation, discovery, adjustments. 
  • Creative approaches in online psychotherapy, sharing some ideas.  

Tuesday 30 June at 12 30 Please contact for zoom details


Tuesday 7th July

The third webinar in the series will be with Professor Brett Kahr, one of the founder members of the IPD, again in conversation with David O’Driscoll.  They will be discussing Kahr’s extrodianry new book ‘Dangerous Lunatics: Trauma, Criminality and Forensic Psychotherapy’ (Confer Books).

Tuesday 7th July at 4pm – 5pm. Please contact for zoom details

The webinars will be for an hour, and there will be time for questions. Also, can I ASK, as we are a small organisation, we would appreciate a donation – which you can do via the website


IPD AGM – Save the Date 6th December

The IPD AGM will be held on Friday 6th December 2019 at the Freud Museum.

6:30pm             AGM

7:15pm             Tea/Coffee

7:30pm             Seminar from IPD Creative Therapists

The event will close at 8:30pm


IPD Members – Free

Non-Members  £10 payable on the day (cash or cheque) from 7:15pm

To book please email

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IPD Conference 10th April 2019

19th April 2019 – IPD held a conference entitled Being Human Intellectual Disability & Psychotherapy – The influence of Valerie Sinason.


Intellectual Disability and Psychotherapy: The Theories …

Intellectual Disability and Psychotherapy: The theories, practice and influence of Valerie Sinasoncharts the impact of the noted psychotherapist’s work with children and adults with learning disabilities upon both a generation of clinicians and the treatment and services her work transformed … Read More


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Out Now – Dr Alan Corbett’s new book

IPD are pleased to announce that IPD Fellow and founder member Dr. Alan Corbett’s new book ‘Psychotherapy with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse: The Invisible Men’ has just been published as part of the Karnac Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series.

This book focuses on the therapeutic needs of men who have experienced sexual trauma, either in childhood or adult life. Drawing on the author’s extensive clinical experience The Invisible Men examines the impact of sexual abuse upon boys and men, and looks at the particularly gendered impact of sexual attacks upon masculinity. Creative ways of working both individually and in groups with male survivors and those supporting them are explored, providing a unique insight into a much neglected area of therapeutic endeavour.

Patients and Carers Experiences around Epilepsy

“Sometimes, it just stops me from doing anything”: A qualitative exploration of epilepsy management in people with intellectual disabilities and their carers

Click here to read more of the open access article



The Unkindest cuts:
the painful reality of disability 

When: 1st July 2016 – 18.30 – 20.15
Where: The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SXT
Format:  45 minutes presentation chaired by Valerie Sinason, break for 15 minutes, followed by 45 minutes free association discussion.
The event is free to IPD members and £20 for non-members.
Please get in touch with Alice at to reserve your place.

Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS)

Click here for the TAD study