Come and Join Us, Open Days and Open Evenings

Open Days and Open Evenings are your chance to visit the Philadelphia Association and learn more about the work of the PA and our courses. It is also an opportunity to meet PA members and current students to discover if the PA is a place for you to study.

The ongoing situation around Covid-19 (coronavirus) across the UK means we are currently facilitating the Open Events remotely. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but hope it will  still provide an opportunity for you to learn more about our work and ask any questions you have. 

The next two Open Events will take place on

Thursday 14 May   7- 8.30pm

Saturday 13 June   2-3.30pm 

 

If you would like to attend a PA Open Event please contact Mary Enright at office@philadelphia-association.org.uk

COME TO THE PA FOR POST-ELECTION DISCUSSION GROUP AND DRINKS,

FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER — DOORS OPEN 6.45PM, GROUP 7.15PM, ENDS 9pM,

FOLLOWED BY CHRISTMAS PARTY, ALL WELCOME, FREE ENTRY

 

THE PHILADELPHIA ASSOCIATION was founded in 1965 by R. D. Laing and colleagues in order to challenge established ways of thinking about and treating mental distress. For more than fifty years we have offered an open-minded alternative approach to psychotherapy that is unique in Britain.

COVID-19

The Philadelphia Association remains open even though our doors are physically closed for the foreseeable future due to Covid 19.

The work of the community houses continues as does the training, study programme and affordable therapy service.

At this time all therapy consultations are being conducted remotely online or by phone. Details of how to contact the referrals team can be found on our THERAPY page. 

We are not currently able to welcome new residents to our houses but please do get in touch with us to discuss whether a stay in one of our communities might be possible for you when it is safe to open our doors again.

Friday Film Night at the PA is back   …..  kind of.

How can we congregate to watch a film together and have a discussion, during the time of Coronavirus lock-down?  We're not certain, but we are going to try - on four consecutive Fridays - starting on Friday 8th May.

 

The fourth and final film in this series – Limitless – is a contemporary take on the perennial quest for omniscience and omnipotence. We will begin with a short hello and introduction at 7 PM.

 

The evening will be hosted by PA Member Jeremy Cutler.  There is no charge for joining the viewing and discussion.

 

Please email jeremy.cutler@therapy.exchange for a Zoom invitation, by 10 AM on Friday 29th

May.  Details of the Zoom meeting and a link will be sent out by 2 PM on Friday 29th May.

Activities

 

Community House 

We run two community houses in London. People who are suffering or confused can live with others in these houses for extended periods, using the time spent with each other to reflect on their experiences. More fulfilling lives become possible as a consequence.

Psychotherapy

The PA offers therapy to individuals, couples and groups. Therapy opens up a space for thinking that is helpful when things go wrong in our lives. The therapeutic relationship unfolds new, creative and liberating perspectives on difficulties outside.

Training course

The PA runs various training course in psychotherapy at different levels. The one-year introductory course provides an overview of our way of working and reflects the importance we attach to philosophy. The one-year experiential course and the one-year diploma both explore the idea of community. The full training programme encourages independent thinking. In the tradition of Laing's objections to the psychiatry of his time, we foster a sceptical view of established institutions and conventional theories. Links to the different training course can be found below. 

STUDY PROGRAMME:

 

INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

EXPERIENTIAL COURSE IN COMMUNITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

TRAINING IN PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY

Interviews take place from May 2020 

Events

Events include theme lead conversations, film evenings, experiential and support groups and seminars. Upcoming events listed below.

Open Days and Open Evenings

Open Days and Open Evenings are your chance to visit the Philadelphia Association and learn more about the work of the PA and our courses. It is also an opportunity to meet PA members and current students to discover if the PA is the place for you to study.

The ongoing situation around Covid-19 (coronavirus) across the UK means we are currently facilitating the Open Events remotely. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but hope it will  still provide an opportunity for you to learn more about our work and ask any questions you have. 

The next two Open Events will take place on

Thursday 14 May   7- 8.30pm

Saturday 13 June   2-3.30pm 

 

If you would like to attend a PA Open Event please contact Mary Enright at office@philadelphia-association.org.uk

The PA favours a creative approach to therapy that involves being ready to question the social norms that often contribute to someone's unhappiness.

 

An engagement with philosophy and other fields, including anthropology, spirituality and the practice of art, is a fundamental part of our approach. So is a belief in the value of ordinary ways of living and being together. Community and inclusive conversation have the power to alleviate what disturbs people.

Once conversation begins, paths open up that lead away from isolation and despair towards dignity and greater freedom.

PHILOSOPHY

0207 794 2652  office@philadelphia-association.org.uk

4 Marty’s Yard, 17 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1QW

Registered Charity No. 242475

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