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Trans-Pennine Partnership (TPP) is becoming...Manchester Psychoanalytic Development Trust (MPDT)


Trans-Pennine Partnership (TPP) is becoming...Manchester Psychoanalytic Development Trust (MPDT)

The Trans-Pennine Partnership (TPP), based in Manchester, is a small group of psychoanalytic clinicians (child/adolescent/adult/couple) which has been working in partnership with the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP, Leeds). The primary aim of TPP has been to help develop further a psychoanalytic culture and network in the Manchester area, one which may encourage and support individuals and organisations in their ways of working and thinking, based on psychoanalytic ideas and approaches.

Since 2015 TPP have organised psychoanalytic study events appealing to a wide range of psychotherapists, mental health practitioners, social care and health workers, social scientists, and others interested in psychoanalytic ideas. These are designed to be of interest to people working with all ages of client/patient, in a variety of roles and settings. Additionally, we try to bring psychoanalytic thinking to bear upon social and political contexts.

We have held day conferences on Narcissism, Trauma, and Sexuality, each with the overarching theme of ‘across the life cycle’. We have organised half day study events on Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Race and Difference, Eating Disorders, and a Couple State of Mind. A series of Clinical Seminars for Adult Psychotherapists, led by experienced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts, have provided specific CPD for adult psychotherapists. All of the events have been well supported and generated lively participation and post-event evaluations indicate a high degree of satisfaction.

As TPP is a loose collection of a small number of individuals, we have decided to establish a more robust organisational base in order to develop what we do. With this in mind, we have set up Manchester Psychoanalytic Development Trust, a charitable organisation, and this will now replace TPP as the organising body of future events. It also marks the end of our partnership with NSCAP.

The charitable aims of MPDT are:

  • to promote psychoanalytic thinking across the North West of England
  • to endeavour to bring together clinicians from different disciplines within mental health and promote an open culture of dialogue and engagement across different fields
  • to provide high quality training events through conferences and seminars, to give an in-depth perspective of psychoanalytic principles within clinical practice and to advance different psychoanalytic ideas and concepts

All future events will be organised under MPDT. This includes our postponed day conference ‘A Critical Companion: Super Ego Across the Life Cycle’, which is now scheduled for Saturday 9th July 2022.

At the moment MPDT is established as a Small Charity. In order to apply to be a Charitable Trust with the Charity Commission, we need to show a minimum level of funds in the MPDT bank account – £5,000 or above. Currently we are well short of this amount. Becoming a Charitable Trust registered with the Charity Commission will allow us to raise funds to meet the aims of the Trust. Funds are used to pay for all the expenses incurred in putting on events and seminars, including the provision of subsidised places for some participants, plus the creation and running of a website.

Some of our study events have generated a small income, others have not. To help the MPDT fundraising effort so we can apply for charitable status, and to pay for an MPDT website to be created, we have planned a sponsored 10k run event. This will take place in South Manchester on Sunday 23rd May 2021. Please see the attached poster for more details. If you would like to make a contribution, (however small or large!) please follow the JustGiving link below. If you would like to participate as a runner, please contact us via the email addresses on the poster.

We really hope that you will support this venture and help the culture of psychoanalytic thinking develop further in Manchester and the North West.


Nigel Barrow, Simon Cregeen, Lynda Ellis, Martin Gill, Kathryn Holland, Katharina Junejo, Marion Lindsay.


MPDT Charity run poster

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