Program of Studies 2021

THEORETICAL SEMINARS

​Psychoanalytic theories of Object Relations

This one-year course provides an overview of object relations theorists from Freud onwards. Classical, Kleinian, British Independent and Contemporary perspectives will be studied and include commentaries from distinguished contemporary psychoanalysts. Through the reading of key theorists alongside more contemporary interpretations of their work, participants will gain a working understanding of how object relations theories inform contemporary psychoanalytic thinking and practice.

There are 4 terms over the year and each term runs for 8 weeks.

Terms generally fall within school terms.

All seminars will be conducted on Zoom.

Term 1: Ferenczi

Freud in “Mourning and Melancholia” develops for the first time, in a systematic way, a line of thought that would later be termed “object-relations theory”. For this reason, it will be the starting point for this year’s readings on object relations. The remainder of the term will concentrate on the work of Ferenczi. Ferenczi early in his career as a psychoanalyst saw the importance of the interaction between infant and mother for the child’s development and in 1909, the powerful idea introduced by him is that introjection is a process, a psychic process, organising the psyche. As a result, psychopathology that becomes overt in later life could be traced back to disturbing interactions between the patient as a child and his/her caregivers. We will be reading the following papers, Identification with the Aggressor, Confusion of Tongues, and The Wise Baby where this hypothesis will be examined.

Time:              Monday          6.30pm – 8.00pm

Dates:             8 February to 29 March 2021

Fees:              $500 per term

For enrolment and further information contact the coordinators:

Dr Thea van Hees   dvanhees@bigpond.net.au or call 07 3832 1096

Sigrid O’Callaghan  sigridoc@aapt.net.au

Term 2: W.R. Fairbairn and Melanie Klein

This term will explore the beginnings of Object Relations through an introduction to the work of Melanie Klein and W.R. Fairbairn. We will review Klein’s fundamental developmental postulates that expanded understanding on psychological functioning beyond early childhood into infancy, including the role of the dyadic mother-child relationship, unconscious fantasy, the mental positions that characterise the infant inner world, and some counter-points reflected on Fairbairn’s ideas about the constitution of the ego, the understanding of impulses, and the centrality of the relationship with the object for the constitution of early emotional life.

 

Time:              Monday          6.30pm – 8.00pm

Dates:             Mon 19 April to 21 June (not 26 April or 3 May)

Fees:              $500 per term

For enrolment and further information contact the seminar leader:

Dr Jaime Yasky        j.yasky@uq.edu.au or call 0468 571 140

Term 3: Kleinians and Post Kleinians

Melanie Klein’s ideas were explored and developed further by her immediate circle and by successive generations of psychoanalysts. This term, we will be looking at some of the ways in which Klein’s concepts of projective identification and splitting were taken up by Herbert Rosenfeld, Wilfred Bion, Hanna Segal, Betty Joseph and others to inform developments in psychoanalytic theory and technique. Papers studied this term cover a range of related themes including: theories of thinking, working with psychotic patients, the deepening role of transference and counter-transference, technical difficulties and impasse in treatment. Most of the papers for this term will be taken from the volumes Melanie Klein Today (Volumes 1 & 2) edited by Elizabeth Bott Spillius and Impasse and Interpretation by Herbert Rosenfeld.

  

Time:              Monday          6.30pm – 8.00pm

Dates:             To be advised

Fees:              $500 per term 

For enrolment and further information contact the seminar leaders:

Mary O’Brien             mobrien3@bigpond.net.au or call 0418 734 746

Bernadette Rosbrook  b.rosbrook@gmail.com or call 0410 219 675

Term 4: The Independents and Donald Winnicott

In this term we will explore the work of the British Independent tradition including the work of Winnicott, Kohon, Symington and Casement. This tradition represents a creative thread in psychoanalysis, that continues to influence and inspire new thoughts in theory and practice.

Time:              Monday          6.30pm – 8.00pm

Dates:             To be advised

Fees:              $500 per term

For enrolment and further information contact the coordinator:

Margot Lynch            margoth@bigpond.com  or call 0407 137 105

Sally Young             yngs@bigpond.com or call 0407 162 674

THEORETICAL SEMINAR

The Mind and the Brain

This is a one-term course of 8 weekly seminars that will be based on the book by Ronald Britton, Between Mind and Brain: Models of the Mind and Models in the Mind. These readings will show how the unconscious has become central to the growth of the mind through a capacity for symbolic thought and processing emotional states. Britton also creates a bridge to theories originating in neuroscience. This is an extremely thought provoking book. It is integrative and presents complex ideas in a very clear and accessible way.

Term 2 2021, dates to be advised

Time: Thursday 6.30pm-8.00pm AEST

Fees: $500 per term

For enrolment and further information contact seminar leaders:

Dr Thea van Hees   dvanhees@bigpond.net.au or call 07 3832 1096

Dr Yaser Baqir  dryaserbaqir@hotmail.com or call 0438 990 201

CLINICAL SEMINARS - THEORY IN PRACTICE

Clinical seminars for developing psychoanalytic psychotherapists

The practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a complex and demanding project. We become psychotherapists through personal experience, training and clinical encounters. A clinical seminar with other developing psychotherapists (4-5 people), led by an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist, helps to consolidate these experiences. The major focus will be on current clinical practice but will also include some reading and discussion about key issues in psychotherapy practice. Participants are likely to be mental health clinicians who are using, or want to develop the capacity to use, psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy.

This seminar runs over 4 terms of 8 weeks each. Priority will be given to participants who enrol for the whole year. The seminars will be conducted on Zoom.

Seminar details

Leader: Tom O’Brien

Time: Wednesday 11.15am -12.30pm

Commences: 17 February 2021

Fees: $500 per term

For enrolment and further information contact:

tom.obrien.52@gmail.com or call 0419 735 366

Using psychoanalytic thinking in our work

Working in public mental health, other health services and NGOs is challenging. Psychoanalytic thinking about how to work with people who experience suffering, trauma and complex personal interactions can assist you to work in thoughtful, respectful and effective practice. Sharing the pleasures and challenges of this work with a small group of others doing similar work can be a valuable developmental experience. Our major focus will be on current practice but may also include some reading and discussion about key issues.

This seminar runs over 4 terms of 8 weeks each. Priority will be given to participants who enrol for the whole year. The seminars will be conducted on Zoom.

 

Seminar details

Leader: Tom O’Brien

Time: Tuesday 9.15am – 10.30am

Commences: 16 February 2021

Fees: $500 per term

 

For enrolment and further information contact:

 tom.obrien.52@gmail.com or call 0419 735 366

 

Term 4: Working with difficult presentations in adolescence

This is a course of 8 weekly seminars that will reference contemporary authors to examine the psychoanalytic understanding of adolescent developmental challenges and their link to severe clinical presentations during this period of life such as anorexia, gender dysphoria, deliberate self-harm and suicide attempts. The aim is to provide relevant conceptual tools to think through clinical and work-related material.

Time:              Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Fees:              $ 500 per term

For enrolment and further information contact the seminar leader:

Dr Jaime Yasky        j.yasky@uq.edu.au or call 0468 571 140

OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES

Infant Observation

This is a one or two year course of weekly seminars where participants bring detailed accounts of their weekly observations of an infant in his or her home environment from birth onwards.  The course aims to develop observational skills and an understanding of the infant’s emerging relationships.  This course is one of the best ways of learning about the observer’s own involvement in clinical situations.

This is an ongoing weekly seminar of 11/4 hours. Participants are expected to enrol for at least one year. There is no prerequisite for this course. There will be a maximum of 4 participants in this seminar.

Fees:              $50 per seminar 

Time:              To be arranged with the seminar leader and dependent on the Covid situation.

For enrolment and further information contact the seminar leaders:

Margot Lynch            margoth@bigpond.com  or call 0407 137 105