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Date for your diary – The Importance of Being Albany

April 18th, 2008

Dr Petra

The Importance of Being Albany
A celebration of 50 years worki ng to improve the social conditions necessary for healthy psychosexual development

Friday 30 May 2008
London School of Economics and Political Science

“The UK’s pioneering psychosexual counselling organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary”

The Albany Trust was founded in 1958. Led by Antony Grey, and supported by many leading intellectuals, religious figures, writers and other public figures of the time, Albany supported the work of the Homosexual Law Reform Society in changing the law, and implementing Wolfenden.

The Albany’s remit, however, was for a wider public health campaign to change the social climate generally to enable healthier psychosexual development, through public education, research and its most durable core work, personal counselling and psychotherapy.

This one day conference brings together experts, practitioners, researchers and historians to revisit Albany’s pioneering work and aims, and to ask whether, in the 21st Century, they are still relevant, urgent and, if so, how they are practically achievable.

The day includes Professor Jeffrey Weeks and Antony Grey in conversation with Ben Summerskill on public opinion and politics, then and now; Professor Mike King and Dr Chess Denman on psychiatric “treatment” of homosexuality; Joanna Ryan and John Fletcher on Wolfenden and psychoanalysis. And a panel discussion with leading practitioners and the Department of Health on today’s clinical challenges: Stephen Gee, Dr. Heather George, Bob McDonald, Professor Susie Orbach, Joan Wilkinson and Judy Yellin. The conference also includes an evening reception, which all delegates are invited to.

To download a copy of the conference programme and to book online, please click here.

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