Small Group Seminars & Consultation
with Members of Sydney & Melbourne Institutes for Psychoanalysis

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Small Group Seminars & Consultation (SGSC) explore the use of psychodynamic thinking in diverse areas, including clinical work with many types of patients (mother-infant, child, adolescent, couple, and adult work); clinical reading groups and pathways to training in short term psychodynamic psychotherapy; observational study groups and different types of small groups (inter-vision, and supervision) to facilitate the development of different perspectives.

Groups of 2-10 clinicians meet in person or via video-conference with a Member of Sydney or Melbourne Institute for Psychoanalysis

Small Group Seminars & Consultation - Application Form


 Small Group Seminars & Consultation (SGSC) explore the use of psychodynamic thinking in diverse areas, including clinical work with many types of patients (mother-infant, child, adolescent, couple, and adult work); clinical reading groups and pathways to training in short term psychodynamic psychotherapy; observational study groups and different types of small groups (inter-vision, and supervision) to facilitate the development of different perspectives.

Groups of 2-10 clinicians meet in person or via video-conference with a Member of The Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis

Small Group Seminars & Consultation - Application Form


The Body & Psychoanalysis

Ouch it hurts: The body and psychoanalysis
(Sonia Wechsler, Wednesday, fortnightly, 2.00 - 3.15pm, Paddington and via videoconference.)


Mother-infant, Child, Adolescent & Couples work
These seminars explore psychodynamic work with specific patient groups

Working with adolescents
(Louise Hird, Wednesday fortnightly, 2.00 - 3.20pm, Pymble and via video conference.)

Working with Mothers and Babies
(Catherine Bailey & Louise Hird, Thursday, fortnightly, 1.00 - 2.00pm, Pymble and via videoconference.)

Perinatal Work Group
(Sonia Wechsler, Friday, fortnightly, 11.00 - 12.15pm, Paddington and via videoconference.)


Specialised Clinical Groups
These seminars aim to assist newcomers to psychodynamic ideas and recently qualified practitioners to apply psychodynamic ideas in their work

The Setting
(Pam Shein, Monday fortnightly, 10.15 -11.30am, Edgecliff and via videoconference.)

From the Get Go for Clinical Psychologists 
(Mark Howard, first and third Wednesday of the month, 6.30 - 7.40pm Gordon, and via videoconference.)


Observational  Studies
These seminars assist practitioners to develop observational skills that are very useful in all types of clinical work

Observation Work
(Leonie Sullivan, Monday, weekly, 9.00 - 10.00am; St Leonards, other times by request.)

Infant Observation 
(Pam Shein, Tuesday, weekly, 10 - 11.30am, Edgecliff.)


Psychoanalytic Thinkers
These seminars explore the work of a particular analyst


Anne Alvarez: Lively thinking in clinical 
practice 
(Karyn Todes, Friday fortnightly 1.00 - 2.20pm, Dover Heights, and via videoconference.)

Thomas Ogden: on rediscovering psychoanalysis and other works
(Karyn Todes, Friday’s fortnightly, 10.00 - 11.20am via videoconference.)

Understanding mental health workplace dynamics and their impact on patients and staff: Hinshelwood, Menzies-Lyeth & Main 
(Mark Howard, Friday fortnightly 2.10 - 3.20pm, in Gordon and via videoconference.)


Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
These seminars offer a pathway to training in short term treatment

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
(Mark Howard, Thursday fortnightly 2.10 - 3.00pm via videoconference.)


 Work Discussion and Balint groups
 These seminars offer different types of group discussion to explore and expand on the meaning of difficulties in clinical and work settings

Clinical Supervision Group: Working with internet based treatments for individuals and groups
(Leonie Sullivan, Mondays, weekly, 2.00 - 3.00pm, St Leonards.)

The Thinking Heart - using Anne Alvarez's ideas in clinical work
(Mark Howard, Thursday fortnightly 1.40 - 3.00pm, via videoconference.)

Clinical Supervision Group: Thinking about beginnings & endings
(Leonie Sullivan, Friday, weekly, 1.40 - 2.40pm, St Leonards.)

Balint Groups
(Leonie Sullivan, Wednesday, fortnightly, 1.00 - 2.40pm & Fridays 2.40 - 3.40pm
St Leonards; online groups Wednesdays & Fridays, other times available by request.)

Clinical Supervision Group 
(Louise Hird, Friday weekly, 9.00 - 10.00am, Pymble.)

Clinical Supervision Group
(Karyn Todes, Friday, fortnightly, 1- 2pm Dover Heights, and via videoconference.)

A Fruitful Harvest - using Jeff Eaton’s ideas in clinical work
(Mark Howard, Friday fortnightly 3.40 - 5.00pm; Gordon and via videoconference.)

Videoconference participation is available in many SGS groups if you have a recent model computer and an ADSL internet connection.

The Application Form can be downloaded from the link below:

www.sydneypsychoanalysis.asn.au/downloads-2/download-small-group-seminars

For more information about SGSC contact Mark Howard: ppc-at-sip@iinet.net.au


 
SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS 
See above for times and dates

 MONDAY

Pam Shein: 'The Setting’ (Clinical Reading Group)
This group will benefit those who are working with adults, adolescents or children in a clinical, hospital, educational or health and welfare setting.

This group will meet to discuss the optimal setting to enable a therapeutic encounter to take place. The analytic setting includes both a mental and physical setting. Discussion will centre around how to set up your consulting room, and understanding how the physical setting and the mental stance of the therapist forms the foundation of the frame needed for a psychotherapy. These topics will help clinicians think about how clients make use of the setting to communicate their inner feelings. Participants are invited to present clinical material and literature will be provided.

This group will benefit those who are working with adults, adolescents or children in a clinical, hospital, educational or health and welfare setting.


TUESDAY

Pam Shein: Infant Observation
I am interested in offering an infant observation group to those clinicians who are wanting to observe a baby from birth and to join a group to think about the infant's development. Please let me know if you are interested. The seminars will begin in February 2017 at a time to be decided with participants.


WEDNESDAY

Louise Hird: 'Working with Adolescents' (Clinical Group)
Working with adolescents can be challenging. These seminars will use various papers as a basis to address the difficulties of working with adolescents. The group will explore the adolescent experience of isolation. Group participants will be encouraged to bring their clinical work and experiences.
These seminars will be valuable for clinicians who are working with adolescents. They are also aimed at clinicians who might not yet be working with adolescents but who are interested in developing an understanding of psychodynamic approaches to adolescent work.

Mark Howard: ‘From the Get Go’ (Work Discussion Group)
|These seminars are for registered and provisionally registered clinical psychologists, who are currently completing university clinical placements, are in the registrar program, or are in post qualification employment. It will help clinicians working in hospital-based services, community-health and/or private practice apply useful dynamic ideas in their day to day work.

The aim is to build upon your pre-existing skills in models such as CBT, DBT, ACT, schema therapy, narrative and family therapies, and psychodynamic approaches. The sessions will provide you with a few extra tools to address relational and contextual aspects of treatment - for example:

- How to use your own experience of the patient in the room to inform formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning.
- How to talk to the patient who seems to be struggling with the assessment protocol you need to complete.
- How to work with patients who are resistant to engage in therapy or change.
- How to formulate patient difficulties within a psychodynamic frame.
- Practical skills to understand and address the underlying emotions and meaning behind what a patient is telling you.
- How to think about your place in the health system.
Sessions will take the form of informal group supervision. They will provide an open forum to discuss recent clinical experiences and obtain feedback from clinicians at a similar level of training and a seminar leader. No preparation is required to attend the groups.

Clinicians are encouraged to enrol for half a year (four - six seminars), or longer. This continuity will help a core group of clinicians to develop a syllabus of interest, but the seminars are also offered for occasional attendance to clinicians who would like an opportunity to try them.


 THURSDAY

A Fruitful Harvest - using Jeff Eaton’s ideas in clinical work
Jeff Eaton’s writings provide an accessible and welcoming path into the work of Bion, Tustin, and contemporary Kleinians, examined in the light of his Buddhist practice. Eaton aims to help clinicians and patients to 'build a floor for experience’ on which to repair disrupted development, especially due to trauma or deprivation. Each term a chapter of Eaton’s book will be discussed, and its central ideas will be explored in discussions of clinical work over the term.
(Mark Howard, Friday fortnightly 3.40 - 5.00pm; Gordon and via videoconference.)

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (STePP) that invites us to think about what works for whom and when. This group provides an opportunity to understand the foundations of DIT, with some comparison to other STePPs. The foundation reading is ‘Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy – A Clinician’s guide’ by Lemma, Target, and Fonagy, as well as selected additional papers to help clinicians understand the core concepts of DIT.  This seminar series would suit clinicians with some familiarity with psychodynamic ways of working and it will help them to prepare for DIT Baisc training.
(Mark Howard, Thursday fortnightly 2.10 - 3.00pm via videoconference.)


 FRIDAY

Louise Hird: Work Discussion Group
Available for supervision of work with adolescents and adults.

Mark Howard: 'An Analytic Position'
An ‘analytic position’ is a way of observing and thinking that is informed by the psychodynamic aspects of a clinical situation. This group will provide a good foundation for practitioners to develop an ‘analytic position’ that is useful in clinical settings as well as ‘non-clinical’ settings such as Mental Health Review Tribunals, public mental health facilities, NFP organisations, and dispute mediation services. The group will extend over 12 - 24 months with readings from Anne Alvarez, Alessandra Lemma, and Judith Mitrani. Seminars will alternate between a discussion of core ideas in a reading, and discussion of clinical material that will be considered in the light of the previous fortnight's reading. Child, adolescent or adult psychotherapy work, or material from mediation would be suitable for participants to present.

Mark Howard: Inter-vision Work Discussion Group
Work discussion groups provide an opportunity for clinicians to share their clinical work, and organisational or other difficulties in their work setting. The group considers any clinical material or organisational situation that is presented, and feedback from group members provides an inter-vision experience of multiple perspectives that highlight different aspects of the presenting clinician’s material. Inter-vision can be very helpful for providing new insights to help a clinician find a way forward in stuck or problematic situations.

A Fruitful Harvest - using Jeff Eaton’s ideas in clinical work
Jeff Eaton’s writings provide an accessible and welcoming path into the work of Bion, Tustin, and contemporary Kleinians, examined in the light of his Buddhist practice. Eaton aims to help clinicians and patients to 'build a floor for experience’ on which to repair disrupted development, especially due to trauma or deprivation. Each term a chapter of Eaton’s book will be discussed, and its central ideas will be explored in discussions of clinical work over the term.
(Mark Howard, Friday fortnightly 3.40 - 5.00pm; Gordon and via videoconference.)

Anne Alvarez: Lively thinking in clinical practice
Anne Alvarez is a vibrant and interesting clinician whose theory is relevant to work with adults and children. Her papers offer fascinating, clinical vignettes that demonstrate examples of how she engages her patients in a tactful yet seemingly ordinary way. This seminar will discuss a varied selection of papers describing her extensive experience with autistic, borderline, deprived, abused and traumatized patients.  Readings will alternate with clinical material.(Karyn Todes, Friday fortnightly 1-2 20pm, Dover Heights Sydney and via videoconference)

Thomas Ogden: On rediscovering Psychoanalysis and other works
This seminar will provide opportunity to explore the imaginative work of Thomas Ogden.  Thomas Ogden is a novel and creative down to earth psychoanalyst who listens to his patients using his own vitality and dream life to inform his clinical interventions. His writings convey how he brings his own self into being and in this way makes way for his patients to do same. The readings will alternate with clinical material.
(Karyn Todes, Friday’s fortnightly 10 am- 11 20am via videoconference)


VIDEOCONFERENCE SGS
Videoconference participation is available in many SGS groups if you have a recent model computer and an ADSL internet connection.

For more information about videoconferencing:
www.sydneypsychoanalysis.asn.au/downloads-2/download-small-group-seminars

The Application Form can be downloaded from the link below:
www.sydneypsychoanalysis.asn.au/downloads-2/download-small-group-seminars

For more information about SGSC contact Mark Howard:
ppc-at-sip@iinet.net.au

                             
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