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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.

There is widespread alarm and disbelief which has increased significantly since the inauguration of a new president in the USA. Many people are in a state of shock. Before we can care for the world we have to care for our own mind. Chekhov said, ‘Art doesn’t have to solve problems; it just has to formulate them correctly.’ This conversation may not solve the problems we are presented with, but may help us to formulate them better and recover our capacity to think.

2 Ernest Place Crows Nest
Saturday, May 13th 10-1pm
Johnson Room, Crows Nest Community Centre

Cost: 82.50 (inc GST)

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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


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Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis invites you to attend a lecture by Dr. Jeanne Magagna

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Chair: Ms. Ruth Mooney

This presentation will elucidate the application of Dr. Meltzer’s supervision and in particular his thoughts described in the Psychoanalytic Process  (Meltzer, 1967).  The clinical work will describe aspects of hope, the concept of time and the gradual emergence of reparative and creative capacities in a six year old psychotic girl. The presence of symbolising capacities throughout  the course of therapy will be shown.

Day & Time: Thursday, March 9th at 8 pm
Cost: $55 incl. GST
Venue: Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis
5 Penshurst Street, Willoughby NSW 2068


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Also available as a Video Conference: Trybooking

About Dr Jeanne Magagna
Jeanne-Magagna-Trustee-photo1Jeanne Magagna received her doctorate from a joint program of the University of East London and the Tavistock Clinic. Recently she has served as the Head of Psychotherapy Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and as Consultant Psychotherapist  at the Ellern Mede Centre for Eating Disorders. She started and headed Centro Studi Martha Harris Observation Courses involving MA from Tavistock Clinic  and Child Psychotherapy Trainings in Florence and Venice Italy for many years. Her professional interests include  preventative work with infants, eating disorders, self-harm She has taught, either in person or by Skype, on most  continents. Her publications include editing or jointly editing Universals of Psychoanalysis, The Silent Child: Communication without Words, Intimate Transformations; Babies with their Families, Understanding Your Nursery Age Child; Psychotherapy with Families and  Creativity and Psychosis in Exceptional People.

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