The Future of Therapy

At the next Tavistock Policy Seminar, I will be presenting the results of the 2016 Surviving Work Survey, which looks at the future of work in the therapeutic sector.


At last.


In my defence, it’s taken a year of graft to analyse the data and interviews so that it does some justices to the material. Over 1500 people working in mental health from across the UK answered some blunt questions about their working conditions, incomes, concerns and experiences.


The results of the survey will be launched at on the 13th November, full of stories from the frontline. Because of the widespread concerns of therapists about victimisation, all of the responses are anonymised. The site has no names, no workplaces, no identifying information at all.


What it does show is a dramatic picture of the emerging sectoral trends in the profession: the growth of self-employment and unwaged work, performance management and the tyranny of targets, the downgrading of work and the role the therapeutic training and professional bodies in this state we’re in.


The survey results offer no happy ever afters, rather a chance to talk about how frontline workers prepare for the future of work in the current crisis, based on some actual facts.


Because most of the respondents live outside London we will be recording the event. However, as these discussions go, friendly faces are seriously welcome. It would a complete pleasure to see you there.




Elizabeth Cotton is a writer and educator in the field of mental health at work. Previously she was head of education of rite Miners’ International and is now a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University specialising in employment relations and mental health at work. Elizabeth is founder of Surviving Work, an intervention and critical resource for working people on how to do it. Her new book Surviving Work in Healthcare (published by Routledge) offers a critique of healthcare management and offers an alternative model of solidarity at work. Without a hint of irony, it has been nominated for the Chartered Management Institute’s book of the year.


Julian Lousada is a psychoanalyst, organisational consultant and a founding partner of Peoplein-systems. He is a former clinical director of th adult department at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He was previously chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council.


The future of therapy

Thursday 16 November 6-8pm
The Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA

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