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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A Series by Paul Schimmel

• The catastrophes: boarding school and World War I

• The catastrophes: between the wars and World War II

• The group mind and the mind as a group

• Whose psychosis is it anyway?

• An Indian summer

Limited to a maximum of 12 participants

May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27
8pm to 9-30pm
Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis
5 Penshurst Street, Willoughby 
(downstairs room)
 $300 (+ GST) for 5 lectures 

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For all enquiries about booking please contact Paul Schimmel:

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A ten lecture series by Neville Symington

People come to a psychoanalyst or a psychotherapist because they are looking for the solution to a problem;
they want to be healed of something that is obstructing their lives.  These lectures look at this issue and
formulate the principles necessary to bring about healing, bring about new development in their personality.

The lectures to be held consecutive Wednesdays at 8.00 to 9.30pm

Maximum of 24 in-room participants

$550 (incl. GST) for 10 lectures (limited places available to the live event)

Video Conference available for those unable to attend the lecture series in Willoughby

All enquiries as well as Video Conference:

To register for live event or video conference go to: Trybooking

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A Father is Being Beaten

A Paper by Rosine Jozef Perelberg

Perelburg2Rosine Jozef Perelberg’s clinical and theoretical interests center on sexuality,
borderline psychopathology, hysteria, violence, dreaming, daydreaming, different
forms of mental representations, temporality, paternal function and theory of technique in
psychoanalysis. For 18 years she was coordinator of the Freud Seminars for the MSc in
Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies at University College London; she also coordinates the
seminars on Sexuality at UCL. 
This paper is part of a series of several papers published on the paternal function that
have been gathered in the book Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the
Oedipus Complex (2015)

Tuesday 27th March at 8pm to 9.45pm
LIVE EVENT NOW at The Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis
5 Penshurst Street Willoughby
(no longer at Crows Nest Community Centre)

or by Video Conference (link up via zoom): we will send you the link before the date

Tickets for the live event or the video conference: $55

Registration via Trybooking (click here)


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A new training programme will commence in 2018 Applications close 23 March 2018.

Training information and the application form can be downloaded at:

All enquiries please contact:
Dr Louise Gyler, Chair, Admissions Committee phone: 02 9953 3520


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.

see also 

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