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Bion, the Curiosity Drive and Inquisitive Thinking

17th April 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

An on-line workshop offered by Institute of Group Analysis (London) and the Association of Psychosocial Studies (APS)


Free of charge.

Saturday 17th April 29th 2021 10:00– 14:00

Presenter: Philip Stokoe, Psychoanalyst & Organisational Consultant.

Chair: Dr Rachel Gibbons, Psychoanalyst, Group Analyst and Consultant Psychiatrist


Philip Stokoe will present a discussion of the work of W.R. Bion in the context of his own recent book The Curiosity Drive: Our Need for Inquisitive Thinking. Philip will discuss the implications of this thinking for how we might understand the healthy organisation.



Philip Stokoe is a Psychoanalyst in private practice working with adults and couples, and an Organisational Consultant, providing consultation to a wide range of organisations.

He worked in the Adult Department of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust between 1994 and 2012, he was the Clinical Director from 2007. During his career, he has been responsible for the creation of innovative services; designing a treatment system for very dangerous adolescents held in a Youth Treatment Centre; developing a model for understanding organisations called the Healthy Organisation Model from which, he created an innovative intervention for teams and organisations, the short course intervention, which combines teaching and consultation; he designed the Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service (PCPCS), and these ideas have led to a radically different approach to training psychiatric nurses, which has been running at City University. He also designed two Masters courses and was the co-designer of the Couple Psychotherapy Training at the Tavistock Clinic.


The Curiosity Drive: Our Need for Inquisitive Thinking, which forms the base of this presentation, was published by Phoenix Publishing House in November 2020.


The programme will comprise presentations followed by breakouts and plenary discussions



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17th April 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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