Sexual Boundary Violation – An SAP Interactive Study Day

Sexual Boundary Violation – An SAP Interactive Study Day

Date: Saturday 30th October 2021

Time: 11:30am – 6pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: SAP members £60, Trainees and SAP Friends £80, Non-member £100

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An SAP Interactive Study Day for Analysts, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychologists

Sexual Boundary Violation

Sexual Boundary Violation is the dark, hidden, and shameful dimension of our work as psychotherapists. Its occurrence most often has devastating consequences on victims (of whom about 14% attempt suicide), transgressors (whose careers are often ended) and transgressors’ institutions (which reel from shockwaves of denial, disbelief and splitting).

Recent surveys reveal that around 7% of male and 1.5% of female therapists admitted to Sexual Boundary Violation; but these figures are probably an under-estimate because the incidences were self-reported. Ninety percent (90%) of patients who have been sexually involved with their therapist report feeling seriously harmed by the experience, some never fully recovering from the betrayal of trust and abuse of power. This study day will explore:

  • The profiles of transgressors; and the psychodynamics of Sexual Boundary Violation
  • Rehabilitative group work with transgressors
  • Institutional responses to Sexual Boundary Violation

Join us for a day of in-depth study and exploration of this important and complex subject, which has been brought more into public awareness by recent articles in the UK press.

The day will be chaired by Christopher Perry (retired Training Supervisor and Analyst, and former Director of Training, SAP) with a panel of international experts:

Dr Andrea Celenza is the author of Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society, and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Jonathan Coe is the founder and Managing Director of the Clinic for Boundary Studies. He has published on the typologies of boundary violators and has spoken at a wide range of conferences and events concerning professional misconduct.

Dr John Hook is a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist in private practice. Formerly, he specialised in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at St George’s Hospital (London), and in group analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis. He has published on Sexual Boundary Violation and is an Associate of the Clinic for Boundary Studies.

FLi Clinical Program Of Study 2021-2022

FLi Clinical Program Of Study 2021-2022

Freud’s Case Studies in Contemporary Contexts

October 29, 2021–May 27, 2022

Date: Friday 29th October 2021 – Tuesday 31st May 2022

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Online event

Cost: €96.94 – €481.29

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9-month course on Freud’s 6 Case Studies relative to clinical practice today w/each case study & themes explored by 2 tutors over 3 seminars

 About This Event

Course Description: The program takes the psychoanalytic clinic as a starting point to consider key areas of psychological presentation and suffering that characterise the modern era. Clinical practice, beginning with Freud, revealed that symptoms could be grouped into a small number of diagnostic fields: hysteria, obsessional neurosis, psychosis, and perversion. This course explores all six of Freud’s major case studies, dedicating three weeks to each, as a backdrop to considering what analysands present with today and assessing the similarities and differences to Freud’s and Lacan’s clinical practices. The course will be of interest to practitioners, trainees, students, and those seeking to consider in-depth links between psychoanalytic theory, clinical practice, and the impact of contemporary culture on subjectivity.

Seminars will take place by Zoom on Fridays from 19:00-21:00 (Dublin-GMT). Each 3-week block of seminars will be co-delivered by two highly experienced tutors who are also clinical practitioners and come from different Lacanian groups throughout the English-speaking world. Participants can register for the full course (18 seminars plus introductory seminar), a half course (9 seminars), or a single module of 3 seminars.

CPD: 2 continuous professional development (CPD) points will be awarded per individual seminar, 38 points for the full course of 19 seminars. CPD awarded by APPI, the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (

Tutors: Anne Worthington (London), Guy Le Gaufey (Paris), Astrid Gessert (London), Rik Loose (Dublin), Annie Rogers (Amherst), Leon Brenner (Berlin), Rolf Flor (Boston), Anouchka Grose (London), Patricia Gherovici (Philadelphia), Carol Owens (Dublin), Kristen Hennessey (Pennsylvania), Jamieson Webster (New York), Olga Cox Cameron (Dublin), Eve Watson, facilitator (Dublin).

Schedule of Seminars (Oct 29, 2021 – May 27, 2022)

Oct 29th: Introductory Seminar of the Case Studies and Hysteria, w/ Anne Worthington.

Module 1Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19.The “Rat-Man” and the Function of Rituals, Obsessions, and Compulsions (November). Tutors: Guy Le Gaufey and Astrid Gessert.

Module 2Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28. The “Wolf-Man”: A Serious Neurosis or Untriggered Psychosis. Tutors: Tutors: Annie Rogers and Rik Loose.

Module 3 Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25. “Schreber” and the Necessity for Working with Psychosis Today. Tutors: Leon Brenner and Rolf Flor

Module 4:March 11, March 18, April 1. The “Young Homosexual Girl,” Sexuality, and the Psychoanalysis of Women. Tutors: Patricia Gherovici and Anouchka Grose.

Module 5April 8, April 22, May 6th. “Little Hans” and Children’s Phobias and Symptoms in Context. Tutors: Carol Owens and Kristen Hennessey.

Module 6May 13, May 20, May 27. From “Dora” to “Conversion Disorder”: Contemporary Clinical Aspects of Hysteria. Tutors: Jamieson Webster and Olga Cox Cameron.

Required Reading: All 6 of Freud’s Case Studies plus a small number of additional readings will be set by the course tutors.

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Studying Seminar IX by the Dublin Lacan Study Group

Studying Seminar IX by the Dublin Lacan Study Group

Date: October 2021 to March 2022

Time: 3pm-5:30pm

Location: Online Event

Cost: €10 – €40

All of the details and booking information is on Eventbrite.

The Dublin Lacan study group is pleased to announce a series of five lectures on Lacan’s 1961-1962 Seminar IX Identification.

About This Event

Delivered from October 2021 to March 2022 on Zoom, the lectures will be given by Dr Olga Cox Cameron (Psychoanalyst and scholar, Dublin), Dan Collins (Psychoanalyst, and professor, Buffalo), and Donald Kunze (Professor Emeritus, Penn State University). We are delighted to welcome members of the Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix (Convener Prof Ian Parker) and members of the Dallas Lacan Study Group (Convener Dr Stephanie Swales).

Interested attendants should note that the reading of the seminar is recommended prior to the lectures. The text used will be Cormac Gallagher’s translation of the seminar ( Tickets should be booked on the Eventbrite link for registration and Zoom link purposes.

Schedule and Sessions Covered

Saturday 30th of October 3pm-5:30pm GMT

Sessions 1-8: From the Subject to the Signifier and the Unary Trait

Saturday 20th November 3pm-5:30pm GMT

Sessions 9-14: Function of the Object in the Identification of the Subject

Saturday 29th January 3pm-5:30pm GMT

Sessions 15-18: What Use is the Torus

Saturday 26th February 3pm-5:30pm GMT

Sessions 19-23: Various Inversions of Desire and Demand

Saturday 19th March 3pm-5:30pm GMT

Sessions 24-26: O Object Masked and Unmasked

All of the details and booking information is on Eventbrite.


Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: A Five-Day Training Workshop

Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: A Five-Day Training Workshop

Date: Tuesday September 14th – Saturday September 18th 2021

Time: 1pm – 6.30pm (Irish time; GMT)

Location: Online

Facilitator: Facilitated by Serine Warwar, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Cost: €750

The Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy Ireland is proud to host an intensive five-day online workshop in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy led by Serine Warwar.

Building on latest research conducted by Dr. Leslie Greenberg, Dr. Serine Warwar, and colleagues, this intensive 5-day training institute in Couples Emotion-Focused therapy provides registrants with in-depth skills training through lectures, video demonstrations, modeling and experiential practice. The workshop will cover the 5 stage, 14 step expanded model of EFT-C, and EFT-C for forgiveness and resolving emotional injuries, focusing on working on attachment and identity needs, as well as self and other soothing. As an emotion-focused therapy we focus on how to work with emotions such as anger, sadness, fear and shame. Participants will be asked to identify key interactional cycles in their own present or past primary relationships and work on these by accessing their own primary, underlying emotions in the training.

The workshop is open to qualified clinical/counselling psychologists and accredited psychotherapists/counsellors and will accommodate those with no prior experience of EFT as well as those with extensive EFT and/or Couples experience.

Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy is one of the most researched interventions in couples counselling. EFT focuses on the emotional bond between a couple but also on each partner’s own emotional experiences and needs. It strives to uncover the manner by which each partner’s emotional reaction to events contributes to negative interactional patterns within the relationship. Over the course of therapy, the fractured emotional bond is healed by identifying these negative interactional cycles, and transforming them by accessing, articulating and responding to primary attachment and identity related emotions and needs. The essential goal of EFT is thus the creation of new, healthy patterns of interaction by using emotion to restructure interactions.

Dr. Serine Warwar, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the York University Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic in Toronto, Canada. She is also the Founder and Director of the Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health (, a private practice for individual, couple therapy, EFT training, and a satellite training site for the Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic at York University. She provides EFT supervision, training, and consultation to graduate students and therapists.  She conducts international trainings, workshops and master classes on emotion regulation, EFT for individuals and couples, as well as workshops in resolving emotional injuries and forgiveness in couples.  She has been an EFT skills trainer for 28 years. Dr. Warwar’s EFT institutes are highly praised for their warmth, authenticity, and her focus on to teaching participants micro-skills in EFT. She was trained in EFT by Dr. Leslie Greenberg. Dr. Warwar has been a therapist and researcher for several EFT randomized control trials in individuals and couples.  With Drs. Greenberg and Malcolm, she co-developed an EFT psychotherapy treatment and research program for forgiveness to help couples and individuals resolve emotional injuries. She has published in the areas of emotional processing; emotion regulation, homework and experiential teaching; suicide and borderline personality disorder; and resolving emotional injuries and forgiveness in individuals and couples. She has also adapted and applied EFT in working with vulnerable clinical populations such as: chronically suicidal individuals, domestically violent men in prison, borderline personality disorder, and psychological and physical trauma.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Places can be booked by paying a non-refundable deposit of €150.

For all enquiries and bookings, please contact:

The Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy, Ireland is an accredited is EFT institute. 




The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis

The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis

A psychoanalytic seminar exploring the central importance played by cultural objects such as film, art, literature and music in the psyche.

Date: Saturday 9th October 2021

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Online event

Cost: €15 – €32.88

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About This Event

This clinical seminar focuses on a discussion of Noreen Giffney’s new book, ‘The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis: Cultural Experiences and the Clinic’ (Routledge 2021). The book introduces ‘the culture-breast’, a new clinical concept, to explore the central importance played by cultural objects (film, art, literature, music) in the psychical lives of patients and psychoanalytic clinical practitioners inside and outside the consulting room.

The seminar begins with a conversation between Noreen and Ann Murphy about Noreen’s book. The second half of the seminar will include an open discussion with attendees about the implications of ‘the culture-breast’ for psychoanalytic clinical training and practice. Further details about Noreen’s book can be found here.

Noreen Giffney is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a psychosocial theorist. She is a Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), and a fully-accredited clinical member of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations (NIIHR), the College for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA), the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She is the author and/or editor of a number of articles and books on psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, and critical theory. She is particularly interested in the emotional and psychical use we make of cultural objects and experiences (film, art, literature, music); the writings of Wilfred Bion; and the clinical impact of psychosocial factors on the transference-countertransference dynamic. She is the Director of ‘Psychoanalysis +’, an international, interdisciplinary initiative that brings together clinical, academic and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis. She lives in County Donegal and works as a Lecturer in Counselling at Ulster University in Belfast.

Ann Murphy, M.Sc., MIFPP, MICP, MECP is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and visual artist. She was a founder and Director of the MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, and a member and Chairperson of the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She lectures on psychoanalysis on post-graduate courses at Trinity College Dublin, with particular focus on Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, and Object Relations Theory. She is a training analyst and clinical supervisor and has a private practice in Dublin. She has served on the Boards of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP), the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP), and as Chairperson of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP).

She holds an MA in Visual Arts Practices from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, and has exhibited in a number of venues, including The Lab, Dublin, Dublin Castle, PS2 Belfast, and the Mermaid Arts Centre, County Wicklow. Her multidisciplinary art practice incorporates painting, sculpture and installation, and is informed by her engagement with psychoanalysis and literature.

Website: Ann Murphy Artist

APPI Presents Suicide Intervention Workshop

APPI Presents Suicide Intervention Workshop

Date: Saturday 2nd October 2021

Time: 11am – 1pm

Location: Delivered via Zoom

Cost: €11.53 – €38.22

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Presented by Dermot Gough, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, this introductory workshop will explore the issue of suicide intervention and the position of the psychotherapist. It includes both informational and experiential elements. Practical issues will be addressed: how to ask if a client is suicidal; how to manage a disclosure of suicidal ideation, risk or attempt (s) in the clinic and how to support someone who is suicidal. Issues regarding clinical confidentiality will also be discussed.

Content Outline


Statistics on Suicide in an Irish Context; Information on suicide

Current Training available                                                                                     

  • SafeTALK

Explanation on what they are, their relevance, requirements, and process for accessing this training.

Experiential Learning

Attitudes exercise to suicide

Asking the suicide question

  • Experiential exercise in asking the suicide question
  • What’s it like to ask
  • How does this affect us
  • What can we do with this
  • How not to ask the question

Short break

 How to Deal With a Disclosure of Suicide                                                            

  • What do we do as therapist
  • What can we offer
  • How can we support someone who is suicidal

Resources or Agencies Available for people who are suicidal.

Q & A

Closing Comments

Who Is This Workshop For?

This is an introductory workshop which is for therapists working in any modality who wish to be more confident in dealing with the issue of suicide when it arises in the clinic.

Seminar Presenter – Dermot Gough

Dermot has been working in the area of addiction since 1994, his experience being quite unique in that he has worked in the Voluntary, Community and Statutory sectors. He qualified as a psychoanalyst in 2008, also joined APPI that same year. He has worked with trauma on a very regular basis at it presents itself in the clinic.

It was during his time working for the Statutory sector, that Dermot trained as an ASIST trainer and also later as a SafeTALK trainer. Both of these training programmes are part of the National Office of Suicide Protection strategy for reducing suicide in Ireland.

Dermot is also a member of the Executive Committee of the APPI.

Seminar Host – Elin Payne

Elin Payne is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Galway. A member of APPI since 2011, she is a member of the APPI Executive Committee.


This is a clinical workshop in which clinical material may be discussed.  Attendees asking questions and offering comments during the seminar must respect the confidentiality of clients by avoiding all identifying details. We expect all attendees to privilege any clinical material shared during the workshop, and to forebear from sharing it outside the workshop.


Two CPD points are awarded for this workshop.


The workshop will not be recorded. No recording is permitted.

3rd DCU Supervision Conference, 3-4 Sept 2021 (Virtual) – Registration Open!

Clinical Supervision: Exploring, Enlivening & Enhancing Practice

The Psychotherapy Department in Dublin City University, Ireland, are delighted to host our 3rd Supervision Conference, which will be online only on the 3rd and 4th September, 2021. This conference brings together leading international and national experts in the field who will provide keynote speeches and masterclasses focused on the role of supervision in exploring, enlivening and enhancing practice.

The conference will offer masterclasses, contemporary research papers and round table discussions on key supervisory issues. The conference schedule is designed to be of relevance to healthcare practitioners, including counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers and nurses who are providing and receiving supervision and supervision consultation.

This is an online-only conference.

The fee for this two-day conference is €80 (single day tickets are not available).

Register Here:

3rd DCU Supervision Conference, 3-4 Sept 2021 (Virtual) – Registration Open!


Mental Health Contagion – The Untold Story

Mental Health Contagion – The Untold Story

Date: Friday July 2nd, 2021

Time: 12pm – 2pm

Location: Online event

Cost: €12 – €24

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This is the first in a series of events brought to you by Minding my Mental Health Ltd. We have brought together mental health professionals, to collectively set the scene that is the catastrophic state of mental health today.

The aim is to highlight the very real, and serious problems we currently have with mental health, to bring it to the forefront of discussion, as recognition of the problem will be the first step in addressing it.

Episode one is outlining the problem and there will be further episodes which will look at solution possibilities.

The consequences of the pandemic are causing serious issues for mental health, both as a creator of problems and a trigger to existing problems. It is our aim to have an open conference which discusses the seriousness of the problem across all facets of our communities. Mental health is something relevant to everyone, it is not just for the clients or patients or the mentally ill, it is for everyone. This is not an us- them problem, it is an all of us issue.

We have brought together a number of different mental health clinicians, each speaking about their own perspective on the ways they have seen the pandemic have an impact in their clinic. Many of us work in isolation and are so busy dealing with the surge in people seeking treatment that we haven’t had time to speak about what is happening and look at ways of addressing it collectively. This seminar is open to professionals and members of the public as this is something that affects us all both personally and professionally.

This event is organised by Minding My Mental Health Ltd.

For booking tickets and further details please see our website Minding My Mental Health.


Survey on Psychotherapy in Europe During the COVID-19 Lockdown 2020

Survey on Psychotherapy in Europe During the COVID-19 Lockdown 2020

In Autumn 2020 the European Association for Psychotherapy conducted a survey asking Psychotherapists all over Europe how they had responded to the pandemic.  Please click here for a very interesting summary of the results which shows how Psychotherapists have successfully adapted to work with online methods and have continued to offer Psychotherapy to those who need it across Europe in an effective and sustained way.


Courting, Coupling and Un-coupling: The Truth In Relationships – Seminar 2

Courting, Coupling and Un-coupling: The Truth In Relationships – Seminar 2

Date: Saturday 24th July 2021

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Online event

Cost: €22.20 – €43.55

Refund Policy: Refunds up to 30 days before event

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About This Event

Practical Considerations: Assessment, Treatment/ Choice of Modality, Review

As part of its programme of Continuing Professional Development, APPI presents the second seminar on working psychoanalytically with couples.

In this second seminar Marie will continue on from Seminar 1 and discusses Courting, Coupling and Un-coupling: the truth in Relationships – Assessment, Treatment/Choice of Modality, Review.

Psychoanalysis offers a unique perspective in the treatment of a couple, where the subject to be held in mind by the analyst is a dyad. Because the sexual couple in a stable relationship continues to prevail as the ideal relationship for most subjects, it has always been a preoccupation of our individual work. The couple clinic requires a treatment in which the transference is not to the individual subjects but to the couple whose suffering and failure they have brought to the couch.

As in the clinic of the individual, the fundamental concepts of drive, transference, repetition and the unconscious inform our diagnosis and treatment of the couple’s conflicts and accommodations, its symptoms and sublimations. As in the clinic of the child and adolescent, the multiplicity of transferences demands discretion in the direction of the treatment, and the theme of separation requires the conscious safeguarding of subjects who may be facing hysterical, even psychotic, collapse.

Who Is This Seminar Series For?

  • Practitioners wishing to extend their practice to working with couples will gain an appreciation of the difficulties to be faced in modulating their work to facilitate a dyad as the analysand.
  • Practitioners already working with couples will have an opportunity in this series to reflect upon the theoretical and technical concepts relating to this particular clinic at part of their continuing professional development.
  • The seminars further offer an opportunity to practitioners working with individuals and young people to broaden their understanding of the working of this system as a symptomatic construct.

Marie Walshe is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with young people, adults and couples in Dublin. A Registered Practitioner of the Association for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Ireland [], she has been a training analyst, lecturer, supervisor and tutor on post-graduate programmes in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. In addition to presenting at psychoanalytically-informed seminars in Ireland and the UK, Marie’s work has been published in Irish peer journals and she contributed a chapter to a recent textbook on Irish psychoanalysis with young people. Marie’s interest in relationships is an acknowledgement of the fundamental fact that we are each constituted in a relationship and so, how we are desired, determines who we become.

Seminar Host

Elin Payne is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Galway. A member of APPI since 2011, she is a member of the APPI Executive Committee.


This is a clinical seminar series in which clinical material will be discussed. Attendees asking questions and offering comments during the seminars must respect the confidentiality of clients by avoiding all identifying details. We expect all attendees to privilege any clinical material shared during the series, and forebear from sharing it outside the seminar.


Two CPD points are awarded for this seminar.


The seminar will not be recorded. No recording is permitted.


Please note that tickets are limited. Separate booking required for each seminar.