NIIHR Upcoming Events


‘Engleby – “Reduced to half a dozen non-sequiturs in blue bic on an HMSO form”’ : A Seminar by Rob Weatherill

Friday 10th October 2008

Institute Seminar Room, 2 Malone Road, Belfast

Further Details: David Smith –  00 44 791 9907136


The first part of this full day seminar will centre around a discussion of Sebastian Faulk’s 2007 novel, Engleby – the aim being to provide an enjoyable and accessible introduction to the three registers of Lacanian theory.


In the second part, clinical material will be presented and explored from a variety of perspectives – including Lacanian, Freudian and Kleinian. Any participant who wishes to present carefully anonymised case material within a strictly confidential setting should contact Christine Christie on 02890 668598  to discuss this.


A member of the Irish Psycho-Analytical Association, Rob Weatherill is a psychoanalyst  and author with over thirty years clinical experience of working in private practice. He has taught psychoanalysis in both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and describes himself as ‘a committed eclectic’.


Publications include Cultural Collapse (Free Association Books 1994) a survey of the levelling out of meanings and values in contemporary culture, and Our Last Great Illusion (Imprint Academic 2004), a radical psychoanalytic critique of therapy culture. He is the author of two books on the death drive – The Sovereignty of Death (Rebus 1998) and The Death Drive (Rebus 1999). His forthcoming book entitled Forgetting Freud? Psychoanalysis and Indifference examines the ethics of psychoanalysis and the nature of the suffering of the subject.


An archive of published journal articles and conference papers can be viewed at



 ‘Psychotherapy and Spirituality: Where the Waters Meet’: A Conference hosted by the NI Institute of Human Relations in association with the All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association

Friday 14th November 2008

Slieve Croob, Castlewellan, County Down

Further Details: Gordon Graham    00 44 28 4372 6175



This will be the fourth annual ‘Psychotherapy and Spirituality’ conference, furthering the dialogue which has been ongoing now since 2005. This year’s keynote address will be given by counsellor and author David Buckley, whose recently published Where the Waters Meet (Karnac 2008) has been hailed as a landmark in establishing intersections, parallel lexicons and important boundaries between psychotherapy and spirituality.


Jarlath Benson, psychotherapist and group analyst, and Dr Anne Codd, theologian and facilitator, will lead concurrent seminars in response to David Buckley’s paper.