An Afternoon with Adam Phillips. 18.11.2017

phillipsSaturday 18 November 2017. 2–5pm, followed by wine reception
DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
Tickets €40, €30

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APPI and IFPP proudly invite you to join us for an afternoon in the company of psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. Adam will give a lecture on ‘Shame and Attention’ and afterward will participate in conversation with Irish psychoanalysts Ross Skelton and Olga Cox Cameron.

Adam Phillips was principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London from 1990 to 1997. He is a psychoanalyst in private practice in London, and a writer.

His latest book entitled “In Writing” was published in May this year by Hamish Hamilton.

The Psychoanalytic Section of the ICP has awarded 3 CPD points for this event.

EGM. 30.11.2017

Thursday 30th November 2017 at 7pm
Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

A glass of wine will be served after the meeting.

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).

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Feminine Sexuality, a Melancholic Disenchantment. 28.10.2017


Saturday 28 October 2017. 10:30 – 13:00
Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
APPI Members: €20, Non Members: €25, Students: €10

Clinical Seminar with Bice Benvenuto.

Bice Benvenuto is a psychoanalyst practicing in London, a founder member of CFAR (Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research) and of the Maison Verte-UK, and Director of Dolto Association in Rome. She has been a visiting Professor at the New School of Social Research (NY) and at Florida Atlantic University and has lectured extensively in UK and internationally. She has been a member of of the Ecole Europeenne de Psychanalyse in ParisShe is author of The Works of Jacques Lacan: An Introduction (FAB) and Concerning the Rites of psychoanalysis (Polity/Balckwell), and a contributor to an introduction to Francoise Dolto’s work (Karnac 2009) and to “Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children and Adolescents: Further notes on the child” (Karnac, 2017), among several books and articles on psychoanalysis and literature.

The Psychoanalytic Case, Against. 23.09.2017

ian-parker-sliderSaturday 23 September 2017. 10:30 – 13:00
Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
APPI Members: €20, Non Members: €25, Students: €10

Clinical Seminar with Ian Parker.

This paper is about case presentations, and specifically about the problems of representation and misrepresentation that bedevil them when an analyst attempts to transmit what has happened inside the clinic to an audience outside it. After reviewing the status of clinical case presentations in psychoanalysis and the role of language in the clinic, I home in on three questions about the role of truth in the analytic process to show that there are three corresponding traps that an analyst keen to talk about their analysands falls into. This critique of the form and content of clinical case presentations in psychoanalytic meetings and publications is pitched from within a Lacanian frame of reference, a return to Freud which also attends to the cultural-historical shaping of our practice in training and public professional forums, and it demarcates a properly psychoanalytic approach to the clinic from psychiatric, psychological and psychotherapeutic conceptions of treatment and how it might be described to others.

Ian Parker is a practising psychoanalyst in Manchester, secretary of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix, and currently President of the College of Psychoanalysts – UK. His books on psychoanalysis include ‘Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity’ (Routledge, 2011).

Seminar with Annie G. Rogers. 10.06.2017


Saturday 10 June 2017. 10:30 – 13:00
Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
APPI Members: €20, Non Members: €25, Students: €10

Incandescent Alphabets – Art as a work of repair in psychosis.

Language changes in psychosis.

Words become the floating signifiers of a mad Other who takes up a place in speech.

Speech elements connect to nothing, have no meaning whatsoever, and disrupt the meaning that was unfolding.

These elements, whether heard or spoken, are foreign to the speaker, and create a profound sense of disorder with respect to speaking. She cannot find her place in language. He questions if his thoughts are actually his, and concludes they are not.

How is it possible then to orientate oneself in language once language becomes a puzzling body of signs, bewildering signs without a code or key?

In response to the experience of language derailed, artists in psychosis make clocks, calendars, numbers, music, and scripts, the infinite unfolding of codes. The images of these artists attest to a work of repair through what I call “incandescent alphabets,” a new orientation in time, space and language. I argue that art made in psychosis shows us something of the intensity and beauty of the work of repairing language.

(Image above: Barbara Suckfüll, Untitled, 1910, Pencil, pen in blue ink on file, 33 x42 cm, Inv. No. 1956 verso © Sammlung Prinzhorn, Heidelberg, from Annie G. Rogers’ new book: ‘Incandescent Alphabets – Psychosis and the Enigma of Language’,  Karnac, 2016.)


Two presentations by Stijn Vanheule. 20.05.2017


Saturday 20 May 2017. 14:00 – 17:30
Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
APPI Members: €20, Non Members: €25, Students: €10

Decline of the father function you said? On the Name-of-the-Father, the Father-of-the-Name and the Père-Version

In his later work Lacan redefined his concept of the father function. Whereas previously the father function is synonym to the operation of the paternal metaphor, which has the Name-of-the-Father as its central signifier, this is no longer the case from the 1970s onwards. From then, two other concepts pertaining to the role of the father come to the fore: the Father-of-the-Name and the Père-Version. Both imply modes of regulating jouissance that don’t build on prohibition. In this lecture Stijn Vanheule will explore Lacan’s three father concepts, situating them in terms of the Borromean link between the Real, the Symbolic and the Imaginary.

“I dream therefore I am”: from hyperreflexivity to being gaily unconscious

In this case presentation Stijn Vanheule discusses his clinical work with a patient whose functioning bears witness to an autistic logic.

Clinical Seminar with Rik Loose. 22.04.2017

rik-seminar-finnegansPsychosis in Modern Times
Saturday 22 April 2017. 10:30–13:00
Room HG136, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
APPI Members: €20, Non Members: €25, Students: €10

This seminar will start with a brief consideration of classic psychiatry including a reference to the famous French psychiatrist De Clerambault who had a huge influence on Lacan. The seeds of what was much later to become ordinary psychosis are to be located in some of his ideas. Via Lacan we will come to the main section of this seminar: psychosis considered from a post-oedipal point of view. We will then return to ordinary psychosis and the subtleties involved in its symptomatic manifestations in order to indicate how these relate to the modern era. A case will be presented to illustrate some of the ideas presented in this seminar.


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Clinical Seminar with Alan Rowan. 25.03.2017


Interpretation…and what it aims at
Saturday 25 March 2017. 10:30 – 13:00
Room HG10, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
APPI Members: €20, Non Members: €25, Students: €10

Lacan in an early and seminal work states: “… analysis consists in playing in all the many staves of the score that speech consists in the registers of language and on which depends the over-determination of the symptom, which has no meaning except in that order” (Ecrits: A Selection. 1977/1953). It is a statement that affirms that interpretation is at the very core of analysis, meaning at the core of its praxis.

As an act, interpretation is to be distinguished from all forms of suggestion and advice giving, so dominant today in the “psy field” where subjects are directed towards “coping better” via one or other forms of the therapeutic “mind gyms” that clutter the marketplace, claiming to deal with human suffering.

It is no doubt a paradox that, at a point when collective meanings no longer offer the subject easy accesses to a stable form of life, such “solutions”, with minor variation, look the same for everybody.

Psychoanalytic interpretation takes off from a different point, though one that is deeply rooted – since Aristotle – in reflection on the nature of human subjectivity, in this case, on the incontestable fact that self-deception, both concerning oneself and the nature of reality, is possible. Philosophers have long pondered this question of how one might intentionally deceive oneself, and in so doing, act against one’s own better judgement and self-interest.

Freud’s discovery of the unconscious, of the “divided subject”, provided an answer grounded in clinical realities. Moreover, he discovered that one could decipher such “motivated blindness” – and in so doing – undo the knot of a subject’s suffering.

Here interpretation is always and necessarily singular to a given subject even as Freud greatly expanded it’s range – for we can deceive ourselves not only in terms of our beliefs, but also in relation to our desires, our emotions, our values and our assumed identity of who or what we fundamentally are.

In this talk I will take a trajectory from Freud to Lacan, and thus from interpretation as deciphering, to forms of interpretation that go beyond this. While the former remained important to Lacan, especially in the early stages of analysis, it ultimately fails to take account of the fact that the “speaking-being” is saturated in jouissance – forms of “enjoying” – that, for example, ex-ist inside reason itself. Indeed one can go so far as to say, that in the end, analysis aims at this question of how a subject handles in their life this – most intimate – jouissance.


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