The Clinic of Discreet Madness: 15+22 September 2019.


Saturday 15+22 September 2018
Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire
9am to 1pm, both days

In keeping with APPI’s two-year theme ‘Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century’ the Executive Committee and the Education Action Group are delighted that Marie Walshe has designed and will deliver a two part short course: “The Clinic of Discreet Madness: Working Psychoanalytically with Couples”.

  • Saturday 15 September 2018 – Theoretical component
  • Saturday 22nd September 2018 – Practical applications
  • 9am to 1pm
  • The Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Places are limited to 25 participants due to the workshop nature of the module
  • An early bird fee of €40 per participant per workshop applies until 10 August
  • €50 per workshop will apply after this date
  • CPD: The Executive Committee of APPI will award 4 CPD points for each workshop


Introduction to the short course
Despite Lacan’s oft-repeated assertion that ‘there is no sexual rapport’, the sexual couple in a stable relationship continues to be an enduring social phenomenon and ideal relationship for most subjects.   In addition to the couples formed by his analysands, various other relationships benefited from Freud’s discovery of the key psychoanalytic concepts of the unconscious, transference, repetition, and the drive, including, for instance, Little Hans’ parents and the parents of Dora.

The “discreet madness” of our analysands on the couch, whether Romeos or Juliets, is the focus of much of our work with individual subjects.  Working with the couple, both Romeo and Juliet together on the couch, requires a modulation of our work, a different set of acts.

Overview of the content of the module
This module will examine the clinic of the couple, the psychoanalytic foundation of that clinic, the typical symptoms and dilemmas presented.
It will include an introduction to the principles of other therapeutic applications including systemic, Bowenian and EFT therapy.

Who is the course for?
Practitioners wishing to extend their practice to working with couples who take this module will gain an appreciation of the difficulties to be faced in modulating their work to facilitate a dyad as the analysand. It is also designed for Practitioners who are already working with couples and who wish to upskill and acquire a CPD qualification. The module also offers an opportunity for practitioners working with young people to broaden their understanding of the working of this system as a symptomatic construct.


Man Deserts: 10.11.2018.

mandesertsSaturday 10 November 2018
9.15am to 5pm
The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire (Martello Suite)

The EC of APPI are delighted to present ‘Man Deserts – Where Have All The Fathers Gone?’ This event will be co-hosted with IFPP. The conference will debate the propositions in Rob Weatherill’s book The Anti-Oedipus Complex, Lacan, Critical Theory and Postmodernism (Routledge 2017) and will consider the relevance of the symbolic father in contemporary psychoanalysis. The event will take place in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 10 November 2018 from 9am to 5pm. We are pleased to welcome Dorothee Bonnigal-Katz, a psychoanalyst living and working in London, who will speak at the event.Dorothee recently presented a paper entitled From Machismo to Medusa: The Question of Masculinity and Maternal Omnipotence at ‘The Fragile Phallus’; an event at the Freud Museum in London which examined the notions of ‘fragile’ and ‘toxic’ masculinity. We are also delighted to have strong representations from APPI on our speaking panels and we look forward to a lively day of energetic debate and engagement.

Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz is a psychoanalyst and a translator. She is a member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, UKCP, CPJA and CP–UK. She is the founder and clinical lead of the Psychosis Therapy Project, a specialist psychoanalytic therapy project for people experiencing psychosis. Her work as a translator includes a number of psychoanalytic texts such as Dominique Scarfone’s Laplanche: An Introduction (2015) and The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious (2016). Her latest translation, Laurence Kahn’s Apathy, Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Patient recently came out in the New Library of Psychoanalysis series (Routledge, 2018).


Conference Timetable

APPI Annual Congress: 24.03.2018

slider-congress-2018Saturday 24 March 2018.
DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
Registration, Coffee, Welcome: 9:45am – First Speaker: 10am
Admission: Members: €50, Students: €30, Non-Members: €60

Psychoanalysing Tragedy

Tragedy, Lacan said in 1959, is at the forefront of our experiences as analysts.  This explains for Lacan why Freud looked to tragedy (from Oedipus Rex to Hamlet) when considering the essentially tragic dimension of human desire. Lacan himself looked to Hamlet in his sixth seminar to illustrate and bring out as exemplary the conditions which frame the possibility of acting on one’s desire, the theme he further draws out in relation to Antigone in his seventh seminar.  His radical claim that living the bourgeois dream is not the index of a “successful” analysis challenged commonplace ideas about the objective of psychoanalysis involving getting rid of what is experienced as tragic for the subject for what it opposes to her/his happiness.  Happiness, Lacan pointed out, is a political issue, bringing to bear a specific tendency on the field of human relations and the social bond.  Tragedy, is articulated by Lacan in his seminar of ’59-60 with Aristotle, as catharsis, as purification, and the tragic dimension of psychoanalysis therefore involves the notion of a “crossing of the limits that we call fear and pity”.

In our time however, tragedy is mostly articulated with spectacles of horror, of atrocity, of violence: spectacles which “go viral” at the touch of a button.  Where once subjects could take their bearings by establishing the coordinates of their existence with each other at times of tragedy (e.g., recalling where they were when Kennedy was shot, when Marilyn was found dead, when John Lennon was killed, even when the twin towers were struck, etc., etc.,), now with the swift swipe of a fingertip a tragedy is replaced by a pop video or the smile of an unknown person’s child, or a kitten playing with a toy.

How can psychoanalysts think about tragedy now?

Is it still at the forefront of our experiences as analysts?

What is the consequence for 21st century citizens of the diminution of catharsis?

Keynote address Dr Olga Cox Cameron: “The worst is not so long as we can say ‘this is the worst’”(King Lear, Act IV, Scene I)

Image: Fulchran-Jean Harriet, ‘Oedipus at Colonus’, 1798 (detail).

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Lacunae Issue 16 Call for Papers by 28.02.2018

lacunae-callLacunae – APPI International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Issue 16 Submission Deadline: 28 February 2018

Lacunae invites papers for submission to the forthcoming issue, Issue 16, which will be published in May, 2018. This issue will be especially themed to the topic of autism but general submissions are also welcome. The holiday break may provide an opportunity for an emphasis on a clinic of writing and we would like to particularly encourage new contributors and inactive writers to vitalise their relation to writing and consider a submission. The deadline for submission is February 28, 2018.

The journal is peer-reviewed and offers feedback on all submissions. It operates a blind peer review process to identify those that are best suited for publication at the time. Guidelines for contributors are available at:

We welcome clinical and theoretical contributions that are principally informed by Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis. We also welcome submissions that reach out to a range of disciplines – philosophy, science, the arts, medicine, mathematics, politics, language and literature.

Papers in languages other than English may be translated by Lacunae’s team of translators, who work with original material in French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Italian.

For submissions and queries contact

Child Protection for Psychotherapists: 20.01.2018


Saturday 20 January 2018. 10am – 1pm
St Audoen’s National School, Cook Street, Dublin 8.

The landscape in which we work has been changing rapidly. In response to this the EC has tried to ready the membership for the new requirements which must be met and the new demands that are being placed on us in respect of our work. One element which needs to be addressed is that of the new legislation in respect of child protection issues. We have arranged for a half-day training in child protection, which will be delivered to interested APPI members on January 20th 2018. Please register your interest as places are limited.

The training will be delivered by Sarah Houston who is a systemic psychotherapist working in St Clare’s Sexual Abuse and Therapy Unit (Temple Street Children’s University Hospital), and in private practice. She has a background in social work, and has over 16 years’ clinical experience in the area of mental health, chiefly working with children, young people and families. Sarah has represented HSE CAMHS on the National HSE Children First Child Protection Policy Sub Group and the National Children First Mental Health Committee, and contributed extensively to the HSE Child Protection Policy. She was also the Mental Health Representative on the National HSE Children First Editorial Board, co-writing and editing content for the HSE website on matters relating to Children First and Child Protection. She has recently completed her training in the Supervision and Teaching of Systemic Therapy. She has many years’ experience teaching the integration of child protection and clinical practice at undergraduate and masters level in TCD and UCD. She has delivered numerous training workshops on child protection to psychotherapists.

Content of the training day

  • Introduction to key documents
  • Defining and recognising abuse and neglect
  • Duties and responsibilities under Children First Guidelines 2017
  • Duties and responsibilities for mandated persons and Children First Act 2015
  • Responding to child protection concerns
  • Responding to retrospective disclosures of child abuse/neglect
  • Key issues for psychotherapists

Learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of our obligations as mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015
  • Know how to recognise child protection and welfare concerns
  • Know how to respond appropriately to child protection and welfare concerns
  • Understand the importance of child protection policies, procedures and practices to psychotherapeutic practice

 CPD Points will be awarded for attendance.

9th Annual Psychoanalytic Film Festival. 2–3 February 2018.

streetcarFriday 2 to Saturday 3 February 2018
DCU, Glasnevin.

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Freud’s Question: What Does a Woman Want?

For Freud the answer preceded the question. After forty years of providing a definitive response (what women want is the penis), he achieved the interrogative mode. It is a loaded question of course, freighted with the age-old othering of women, since it is not equally asked of men, and presumes that “the dark continent” of unknowability is not the home country of every human subject. Psychoanalysis and cinema developed within the same time frame and reflect the same mutations, but it is perhaps valid to suggest that psychoanalysis today remains in thrall to many of the masculinist iconographies of femininity enshrined in culture and potently depicted in cinematic history. In this festival we will explore how cinema has served to represent various responses to Freud’s question and what psychoanalysis can gain from interrogating these representations.

Working Psychoanalytically with Children and Adolescents. One-Day Symposium. 09.12.2017

the-giraffeSaturday 9 December 2017. 09:00 – 18:00
Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

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Bringing together psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists of different theoretical orientations and affiliations working with children and adolescents in Ireland, this one-day symposium aims to create the opportunity for several important discussions and exchanges to take place which are both topical and relevant to psychoanalytically informed clinical practice with children. The symposium will also create a space for practitioners to get to know each other’s work and meet with others in this field. Arranged in three core panels, the work with children and adolescents will be examined and discussed across a range of themes. Each panel will be organised roundtable style with 4-6 presenters each speaking on a particular aspect of the theme, followed by a chaired discussion and participation from the floor.

6 CPD points have been awarded by the ICP for this event.

The Symposium will be followed by a Book Launch + Wine Reception:
“Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children and Adolescents: Further Notes on the Child” Edited by Carol Owens and Stephanie Farrelly Quinn (Karnac, July 2017).