Other Lectures

Controversial Discussions - A series  of ten lectures by John McClean & Maurice Whelan

"The Controversial Discussions" was a name given to a series of meetings held in the British Psychoanalytical Society in London in the 1940's.  But discussions of a controversial nature have been a feature of psychoanalysis since it was founded, and our contention is that if psychoanalysis ever ceases to be controversial that it will have ceased to be a viable force in people's lives.

Our starting point was the British Controversial Discussions.  We explore not just the scientific ideas that were put forward by the different parties but examine also the political, social, historical, administrative and personal aspects of the debate, on the premise that you can only understand something properly if you place it in its total context.

 As we progress through the series we cover the history of psychoanalytic ideas presenting the part played by Sigmund Freud, Sandor Ferenczi, Otto Rank, Karl Abraham, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Ronald Fairbairn, Donald Winnicott, Michael Balint, John Bowlby, Wilfred Bion and others.  However, we remain primarily interested not just in the content of the various schools of thought, but in how the struggles over knowledge took place.  As well as asking questions like, what is psychoanalytic truth and knowledge, we look at how people lay claim to knowing truth, and how the battles can be as much for peoples' hearts as for their minds.  So attention is given to the construction of theory and the inter-relatedness of ideas as much as to any individual set of ideas.  Another important strand that runs through the series is a critical appraisal of the various sets of ideas.  The very structure of the course and the juxtaposition of conflicting concepts and approaches provides an in built climate of critical examination.  The course is however, not just about "pure theory".  As a lot of the debates have been about what goes on in the consulting room, our explorations encompass practice and technique.

 The series of lectures can be used in different ways.  If you are a beginner it will provide you with a useful map to find your way through what can be a complex maze.  If you already have some familiarity with some of the people involved it will enable you to historically locate and examine them.




Price $20

Lecture One and Lecture Two:
"The Freud-Klein Controversies".  The disputes that took place in the British Psychoanalytical Society during 1941 and 1945 that became known as "The Controversial Discussions" are examined in detail.  This involves looking not just as the scientific disagreements but also at the personal, institutional, cultural and historical dimensions.

Lecture Three:
"Freud, Abraham and Klein".  Thinking about psychic reality, as illustrated by the emergence of an object relations approach in the work and interaction of these three analysts.

Lecture Four:
"Suttie, Rank and Fairbairn".  The development of an object relations theory of the personality..

Lecture Five:
"Ferenczi and Freud".  The impact of psychic reality on the analyst, as illustrated by the personal and professional relationship between these two men.L

Lecture Six:
"Bowlby and his Influence".  What kind of knowledge does the work of Bowlby make available to us, and how has this developed in contemporary psychoanalysis?

Lecture Seven:
 "Ferenczi's legacy".  Developments since Ferenczi in our thinking about regression and its impact on the patient and analyst.

Lecture Eight:
A return to The British Controversial Discussions  The deliberations of the Training Committee are examined. In particular the contributions of James Strachey, Ella Freeman Sharpe, Marjorie Brierley and Sylvia Payne are presented. 

Lecture Nine:
"Institutional Dynamics".  An enquiry into the institutional factors during the 1941- 1945 Controversial Discussions and into how group and institutional factors effect the work of the psychoanalyst and psychotherapist.

Lecture Ten:
"Meaning and Metapsychology".  A gathering together and a synthesis of the various strands of thought that have been explored during the series.




Price $20

Bion Lectures

The Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis is pleased to announce a group of 5 lectures on Bion. "The human animal has not ceased to be persecuted by his mind and the
thoughts usually associated with it - whatever their origin might be". Bion.
1 - "Bion the Man" Mr Neville Symington
2 - "Bion and the Group" Dr Jim Telfer
3 - "All the Rage: Bion and Destructiveness" Dr Paul Schimmel
4 & 5 - "Psychic Pain" & "Bion the Mystic" Dr Shahid Najeeb

Price $50

Mind - Delving into the depths

A series of 6 Public Lectures by Neville Symington

These lectures are an attempt to delve deeper into the mind ... how might we understand the ways in which minds communicate with each other and what is it that obstructs such communication? The way we think about these things and the goals which need to be aimed for affects profoundly the way we communicate with our patients.

1. What is Psycho-Analysis Part 1
2. What is Psycho-Analysis Part 2
3. The Significance of the Super-Ego
4. The Subjective vs The Robot
5. Attention and Repression
6. Person Creates Person


These lectures are an attempt to delve deeper into the mind ... how might we understand the ways in which minds communicate with each other and what is it that obstructs such communication? The way we think about these things and the goals which need to be aimed for affects profoundly the way we communicate with our patients.



Price: $50

                             
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