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Occasional Papers by members of the PA

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The Philadelphia Association was founded in 1965 by RD Laing and others to challenge accepted ways of understanding and treating mental and emotional suffering. This continues to be our aim.

We do this through our;

Community households where people with serious emotional difficulties can live with others for substantial periods of time and try to make sense of their difficulties and live more productive lives.

Psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.

Psychotherapy training programme which encourages critical thinking and open mindedness.

Introductory course which provides an introduction to some of our ideas and ways of working.

We continue to hold the values which brought our founders together, above all:

We believe in the value of community as a way out of isolation and despair and as a way of fostering dignity, responsibility and greater autonomy.



        PA Introductory Course 2016

The Introductory Course is the first step to applying for the training at the Philadelphia Association.

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How you can help

The PA needs money to maintain the two houses that it has and to help residents pay for their therapy. In the longer term we would like to have a third house. This might be one that was loaned to us for a reasonable period.

You can support the work of the houses by giving to the Community Houses Support Fund.

Please also remember the Philadelphia Association in your will. The organisation 'Remember a Charity' offers a will guide, highlighting the benefit of including a charity in your will. For further information please go to

Contact us on 0300 123 1708 or

NB:  Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls...These rules apply to calls from any type of line including mobile, BT,

       other fixed line or payphone. 


                                   *** Other recent publications by PA members ***                                                                        Click here for further details


                         Link re Psychiatry/Anti Psychiatry Revisited





The Convivium Project

With the support of the Philadelphia Association, the Convivium Project is currently offering individual and group psychotherapy for people whose emotional and psychological suffering is centred around food and eating.

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     List of Seminars

  NB: To find Maternal   

  Seminar papers click

   on the Occasional  

    Papers link above





Starts 11 October 2016


For further details please contact the office


        PA Film Club

       Next date TBC


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        PA HOUSES

Click on 'Community  

Houses' above for

further information or on this link:


 Hire our meeting room

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