The Sydney Institute for Psycho-Analysis

Welcome to the website of The Sydney Institute for Psycho-Analysis (SIP) the Sydney base of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society (APAS). The Sydney Institute for Psycho-Analysis is a centre for psychoanalytic education and training which promotes psychoanalytic treatment. We offer a wide range of training and educational opportunities for people with different levels of clinical experience and different academic backgrounds, interested in learning about contemporary psychoanalysis. SIP members are all qualified psychoanalysts who offer a range of clinical services to the community.

Upcoming Events

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Coming in May

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In response to developments on the political landscape of the world the Sydney Institute of Psychoanalysis is organising a Public Conversation in Sydney on Saturday May 13th. Sydney psychoanalyst Maurice Whelan will present a paper entitled Caring for our World, Caring for our Mind. The paper will be followed by a panel discussion. The panel will include Australian writer David Malouf.

Saturday, May 13th - 10am to 1pm

Cost: 82.50 (inc GST)

Booking: go to Trybooking

For more information go to EVENTS



Ten Lectures on Growth of Mind

A lecture series by Neville Symington

We tend to think that the mind is a fully developed entity.  These lectures are based on the proposition that no one’s mind is ever fully developed. These lectures will be of interest to those who are curious to open out into new ways of thinking about what are the principles that govern human communication.

The lectures to be held each Wednesday for 10 weeks beginning: Wednesday, 1st February 2017


To register for the Series: Trybooking

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A new training programme will commence in 2018 Applications close 16 October 2017.

Training information and the application form can be downloaded at:



Thursday 23 March 2017, 7.30 pm – 9.30pm

at The Sydney Insitute of Pychoanalysis, 5 Penshurst Street Willoughby NSW

If you are thinking about becoming a psychoanalyst, this evening offers an opportunity to:

  • Hear psychoanalysts talk about the profession        
  • Hear about what is involved in clinical training     
  • Hear about training options for child, adolescent and adult training
  • Learn how to apply for training
  • Talk informally with psychoanalysts

This evening is open to anyone interested in exploring the possibility of clinical training in psychoanalysis.

A light supper will be provided

All enquiries or to register your place for this evening, please contact:
Dr Louise Gyler, Chair, Admissions Committee phone: 02 9953 3520

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 An opportunity to share scientific knowledge and further cultural understanding
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Clinical Training in Adult Psychoanalysis
clinicaltrainingwbis offered as a graduate program by the Sydney Branch of the Australian Psychoanalytic Society. This course will appeal to those who wish to pursue their interest in the human mind, its internal world and unconscious processes, and who want to develop this interest in order to become trained as a psychoanalyst.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course at The Sydney Institute for Psycho-Analysis

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course at Sydney Institute for Psycho-analysis aims to help clinicians extend their use of psycho-dynamic ideas in their work. The Course provides further support through its Scholarship and Mentorship program. The next intake for this one year course in Term 1, 2017 is open for applications.

SGSC 2Small Group Seminars & Consultation is an approachable way of trying psychodynamic supervision in a group discussion of your clinical work with 2 - 6 clinicians and a Member of Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis (SIP).

SGSC aims to provide an enjoyable space where you can learn from your own experience and share in the experiences of others. Groups run for about a year, are held at locations in Sydney. SGSC is designed to be a self-contained professional development activity.



epicwbEngaging in Psychoanalytic Ideas and Concepts

EPIC offers a broad range of regular outreach programs that will be offered from time to time in the form of seminars and workshops. These will be designed to promote interest in, and understanding of, the theory and practice of psychoanalysis.


Past Events


Sigourney awarded to Neville Symington

Sydney psychoanalyst Neville Symington received the Sigourney award in 2013. The Sigourney award recognizes outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis worldwide. As Neville was unable to attend the award ceremony in New York, his acceptance speech was delivered on his behalf by Dr Glen Gabbard. In March 2014 Dr James Telfer delivered a speech to members of the Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis, in acknowledgement of Neville's receiving the award.

Glen Gabbard's introduction and Neville Symington's acceptance speech may download here.

Dr James Telfer's speech may be downloaded here.

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