Past Events


We are delighted to announce

The Neville Symington Lecture

Religion is good for your mental health
to be delivered by

Dr Rachael Kohn
Producer & Presenter, The Spirit of Things
Saturday 28th November
NOTE New Venue (Not Footbridge Theatre)

Pillone Room at the Crows Nest Centre, 2 Earnest Place, Crows Nest.

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Video Conference Seminar Series

November 2015

Going more deeply into Primitive Mental States

The seminars will be streamed to participants in remote and regional areas using the Go-To-Meeting video-conferencing system.The seminars will investigate the “Unborn, barely born, un-embodied, un-mentalised aspects of the self … aspects of our patients that have not been able to be touched.” (Van Buren & Alhanti, 1997)

We will also focus on  “the zone” in which the analyst / therapist may locate herself in order to elucidate these states for patients. Some understanding of the work of Bick, Tustin, Mitrani and Ogden would be helpful, but is not essential.

The group will focus on papers by Bleger, Lemma, Ferro and Vermote

Seminar Presenters: Dr Timothy Keogh, Ms Pam Shein, Ms Rise Becker and Ms Julie Meadows, who are all members of the Sydney Branch of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society.

Dates: Wednesday evening 4th, 11th,18th and 25th November, 2015

Times: 8.00pm - 9.15pm

Cost: $242.00 (incl. GST)

A full reading list, including details of presenters, chairs and instructions on how to access the Go-To-Meeting system, will be sent on receipt of payment and registration.

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A Freud Centenary

Papers that transformed a century: The Unconscious & Mourning and Melancholia

Two lectures, by Dr Ron Spielman and Dr Paul Schimmel

In 1915 Sigmund Freud began to publish the series of papers which have become known as the ‘papers on metapsychology’. In these he revisited central psychoanalytic understandings and concepts. The most foundational of these is his famous paper The Unconscious.

In 1915 Freud was also writing Mourning and Melancholia in which he formulated new conceptual understandings about the mind. It would prove to be a transformative paper, and one which determined future directions in psychoanalytic thinking.

Saturday 7th November 9-00am to 12-30pm

$77 (including gst ); full-time students $44 (including gst)

The Johnson Room, Crows Nest Centre, 2 Ernest Pl, Crows Nest, Sydney

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The Australian Pychoanalytical Society (APAS)
2015 Conference Open Days, Melbourne, Australia

A treatment for our times: Contemporary psychoanalysis and serious mental disorders

International Keynote Speaker, Associate Professor Rudi Vermote
Guest Speakers, Dr John Boots and Mr Neville Symington

Saturday 5th September, followed by Reception (Cocktail Party)
Clinical Workshops: Sunday 6th September (Morning)


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Susie will explore the multiple pressures which have combined to create body insecurity. She will look at the role of visual culture and the ways in which the family setting is now fraught around food and body image issues, aided by industries who profit from creating body unhappiness. Susie will argue that just as we understand our psyche as being the outcome of early relationships, so too is the body. She will suggest ways to fight back to claim the body as a place to live from rather than be victimised by the style and diet industries.

Time: 8-9.30pm
Date: Tuesday August 20th
Venue: Footbridge Theatre, University of Sydney,
Cost: $55

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Dr Hanna Segal in conversation with Dr Jonathon Miller
This 50 minute video explores the thoughts regarding the development of the infant's mind. Within this context Dr Hanna Segal discusses the Kleinian approach to psychotherapy/psychoanalysis. Following the video Peter Blake will chair a panel discussion. This panel will be comprised of representatives from various Sydney based psychoanalytic groups. This will be followed by general discussion with the audience.

Date: Saturday 20th July 2013
Time: Arrive 10.30am for 10.45am start finishing at 1pm
Venue: Pat Brunton Room, Crows Nest Centre
Ernest Place, Crows Nest
Cost: $30

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Treading Quicksand
Negotiating the delusional constellation

Dr Franco De Masi

My path to the psychoanalytic therapy of psychosis

Dr Mark Howard
Requiem for a Dream (II)

Dr James Telfer
Psychotic Processes in Everyday Life and Clinical Practice

Assessment of Incipient Psychosis • Dr James Telfer
Psychoanalysis with Children & Adolescents The Violence of the Real: Working with Silence in the Analysis of an
Adolescent • Dr Louise Gyler Clinical presentation for discussion • Ms Dimitra Bekos
Balint Groups A Balint Group is an opportunity to explore in depth a case that presents a puzzle and rests on the assumption that the unconscious mind is always at work in all of us, not just in our patients • Dr Bill Betts • Ms Leonie Sullivan • Dr Thomas Wilmot
Small Group Supervision
We are offering delegates an opportunity to present their own clinical work

Saturday 12 October & Sunday 13 October

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Unbearable Memory

Presented by Dr Avril Alba

Vast stores of Holocaust survivor testimony are now available for viewing in museums,
memorials, film and a variety of other settings—collections spanning both decades and continents. Through viewing a selection of these testimonies produced for purposes as
diverse as archival holdings to box office success, we will explore the effects of these often deeply confronting accounts. Why have so many survivors deemed it so important to share their painful memories and how do they affect those who choose to listen?

Date June 11th, 2013
Time  8-9.30pm
Venue Sydney Jewish Museum  
148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 (corner of Burton St and Darlinghurst Rd).
Cost: $55 (incl GST). Concessions available. Places are limited.

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If you can’t hear the silence you are not listening to the words

Presented by Maurice Whelan

In this talk Maurice Whelan novelist, poet, and psychoanalyst, examines the creative mind. He is interested in the mind of the writer and in the creativity that is necessary to live a life. He explains how a creative mind is nourished and protected. He explores the importance of silence. He argues for a full engagement with everyday emotional
experience. He poses questions: How does a writer take ordinary events and from them make an extraordinary story? Where is transformational energy to be found? Maurice views writing a novel or a poem as an act of personal expression and social
communication – a writer must always have a reader in mind. In advancing his ideas he will draw on his own prose and poetry and on two Irish writers, the poet Seamus Heaney, and the novelist John McGahern. James Joyce said a piano was a coffin of music that needed a pianist to play it to life. John McGahern added that a book is a coffin of words; it is the reader who breathes it to life.

Free for current members of the Northern Rivers Writers Centre, or those who have three-day passes to the 2013 Northern Rivers Writers Festival.
For others $5
Payment can be made electronically via Direct Debit.
(Please make sure you identify yourself when making the payment)
Account Name: Sydney Institute for Psycho-Analysis, Westpac
BSB: 032 199
Account Number: 108 102

Certificates for professional development will be made available for those who register by sending an email to

Venue Byron Bay Library
Corner of Lawson and Middleton Streets
Byron Bay NSW 2481

Saturday June 1st 2013
from 3.00pm to 5.00pm  

Tom Wilmot on 0448562501 or

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