Exploring and Owning Your Power and Authority (Workshop September 2022)

Exploring and Owning Your Power and Authority (Workshop September 2022)

Date: Friday & Saturday & Sunday 23rd & 24th & 25th September 2022

Time: 10am – 5pm (finish at 3:30pm on the Sunday)

Location: The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin K36 XT65

Cost: €580 (a deposit of €250 will be necessary to reserve your place on the workshop)

Workshop Facilitators: Dr. Evelyn P. Gilmore and Mr. Mike O’Halloran

Contact: mjohalloran54@nullgmail.com

The workshop provides an opportunity for coaches, consultants, psychologists, psychotherapist, educators, managers, leaders, health care and allied professionals, to enhance their awareness of their own power and authority.  In addition, as participants gain greater awareness of these aspects of themselves, they will gain greater insight as to how to help their clients explore and own their own power and authority. Many individuals do not fully own their own powerfulness and project it onto others: friends, partners, siblings, colleagues; or onto organisations, and experience themselves as relatively powerless in interpersonal or organisational life.  In addition, individuals who may be formally qualified as professionals, or who may be formally appointed to roles with authority, experience difficulty exercising their authority, due to internal feelings of powerlessness.

The ‘internal world’ of the person is fundamental to how he or she experiences and uses power and authority.  This, in turn, is largely a function of the person’s relationships with past authority figures such as parents and teachers.  Self-doubt can lead to the person never being able to fully experience his or her powerfulness, whilst it’s opposite, an inflated self-image, can lead to authoritarianism. When individuals explore their relationship with power and authority, they can experience much greater aliveness and energy, an expanded sense of personality, and greater choice in life.

During this three-day experiential workshop, participants will be provided with an opportunity to explore the following:

  • Exploring and Owning Your Power and Authority
  • Past experiences and Internalised Images that You Hold
  • Enhancing Your Own Sense of Internal Power
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Power
  • Enhancing Awareness of Beliefs and Feelings about Power
  • Doubting yourself and it’s impact on Powerfulness
  • Gaining greater awareness of how you Project Power onto Others
  • Working with the Body
  • Exploring the Power of Powerlessness
  • Exploring the Fear of our Power
  • Gaining greater aliveness, excitement and being afforded greater choice in life

Style of the Workshop

The learning over the three days is highly experiential with a focus on participant’s process and experience. We will draw on Psychodynamic thinking. We will use Gestalt work, attention to Dreams, and small and large Group Process. The work will include Movement, Drawing, and Guided Visualisation to bring into the present aspects of the participant’s relationship to Power that are normally outside awareness.

Main Facilitator:  Dr. Evelyn P. Gilmore, B.A., M.Sc., Prof. D., C. Psychol. Ps.S.I., M.I.A.H.I.P., F.I.I.T.D., M.A.C.

Evelyn is a consultant work & organisational psychologist, an accredited psychotherapist, a business and executive coach, a coach trainer and a supervisor of coaches and organisational consultants.  She has an honours degree in psychology from National University of Ireland, Galway, and a first-class honour master’s in work and organisational psychology from Dublin City University. She has received a Tavistock Qualification in Consulting from the Tavistock in London and has completed a Professional Doctorate in Organisational Consultancy with the Tavistock.  Evelyn has worked at a senior level with world class organisations, and her current clients include individuals, groups, and organisations from both the public, private and voluntary sector.  She has facilitated trainings for professionals on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence and Organisational Consultancy. In addition, Evelyn has previously facilitated workshops for professionals with Mike on “Owning & Exploring your Own Power & Authority” and “Exploring and Owning the Shadow”.

Mike O’Halloran, M.A., B.A., E.C.P., M.I.A.H.A.P., M.A.C.

Mike is a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Trainer.  He has a master’s degree in counselling & Psychotherapy from Durham University in the U.K., and he did trainings in Metanoia in Gestalt Psychotherapy.  He has been involved in the training of psychotherapists, coaches, leaders, and managers for nearly three decades.  Some of his trainings and workshops include “Gestalt Psychotherapy Intensive” and “Existentialist Psychotherapy Intensive.”  Mike has previously facilitated workshops with Evelyn on “Exploring and owning Your Own Power & Authority”, and “Exploring and Owning the Shadow”.

Workshop Details/Reservation Details

Most of the workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Evelyn P. Gilmore with the balance being facilitated by Mike O’Halloran.  The workshop will be held in The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin, from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and will finish at 3:30pm on the Sunday. The cost of the workshop is €580.  If you would like to reserve a place, please e-mail mjohalloran54@nullgmail.com stating your name, job title, and telephone number.  Mike will forward you bank account details, and a deposit of €250 will be necessary to reserve your place on the workshop.

What is family therapy – and could you benefit from it?

As Jessica Alba talks about her experiences with family therapy, Prudence Wade finds out more about it.

rte.ie Updated / Sunday, 24 Jul 2022 06:01

As Jessica Alba talks about her experiences with family therapy, Prudence Wade finds out more about it.

Jessica Alba has opened up about going to therapy with her daughters, Honor, 14, and Haven, 10.

The 41-year-old told Glamour that around puberty, “They started to sort of shut down and get really like, ‘I don’t want to talk any more.’ And I’m like, ‘We’re not doing this. We’ve got to keep a line of communication here. How can I be a better parent to you? How do you want me to talk to you? Don’t shut me out.’”

Alba, who also has a 4-year-old son, Hayes, with husband Cash Warren, only has good things to say about the experience of family therapy. “First of all, this person [the therapist] has studied human behaviour and they’re good at it. And they have no relation to you so they can be really objective and you create a safe space for your kid to really candidly tell you what’s not working about your parenting,” the actor told the magazine.

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“I was like, ‘Look, I’m not perfect. I’m not going to know all the answers, but I want to be a great parent to you. And what you like and don’t is different from what your sister likes and doesn’t like. And I’m going to make mistakes. Here’s a safe space, you can’t get in trouble – let me know what I’m doing wrong, or what you would like me to do differently.”

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Study Day – Hysteria in the 21st Century – 10 September 2022

Hysteria in the 21st Century by Milltown Lacanian Association

Date: Saturday September 10th, 2022

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Avila Carmelite Centre (Discalced Carmelites), Morehampton Road, Dublin 4 D04 YF66

Cost: €40 – €60

Tickets: Eventbrite

Study Day and Book Launch of Dr Charles Melman’s seminal work ‘Studies on Hysteria Revisited’ translated by Helen Sheehan.

About This Event

Hysteria in the 21st Century

“Where have all the flowers gone”? asked Peter, Paul, and Mary in 1960’s America.

Today, we may well ask: where have all the hysterics gone?

Since Antiquity, efforts have been made to put an end to their blooming but ever reborn, ever renewed hysteria continues to disturb and to question us and in like manner we continue to resist as Lacan emphasizes by not wanting to know anything about it. It’s suppression from the D.S.M. is the latest line of defence against this entity which implicates each and every one of us. Suppression as the D.S.M. testifies ensures that it makes its appearance elsewhere, in many unexpected places, under different guises.

This Study Day will serve, not as “roman à clef designed for our delectation” (Freud, 1905) but will urge us to consider “that long time passing” into what we now call the 21st Century.

We may engage in the refrain begun by this gentle song of protest in stereotypical “hysterical” fashion – “when will they (we) ever learn”? which has been systematically explored by Dr Melman in his book Studies on Hysteria Revised.

But let us be aware as Dr Melman makes clear, “the ethics of psychoanalysis is not of the order of a recipe, of a remedy”. Helen Sheehan

Contributors on the Day:

  • Dr Charles Melman
  • Helen Sheehan
  • Dr Gerard Amiel
  • Glenn Brady
  • Tom Dalzell
  • Omar Guerrrero
  • Malachi McCoy
  • Stephanie Metcalfe

Charles Melman – Studies on Hysteria Revisited – Routledge

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ICLO Society of the NLS 2 Events Friday 10th June & Saturday 11th June

ICLO Society of the NLS 2 Events Friday 10th June & Saturday 11th June

Fixation: A Bone in Psychoanalysis with Rik Loose & Alan Rowan

Date: Friday 10th June 2022

Time: 7pm IST

Location: Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 D02 T258

Cost: €27.55

Tickets via Eventbrite

ICLO-NLS Repetition: From Freud to Lacan with Alan Rowan

Date: Saturday 11th June 2022

Time: 11am IST

Location: Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 D02 T258

Cost: €27.55

Tickets via Eventbrite

#psychology #psychotherapy #psychoanalysis #philosophy #lacan #lacanian

The Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation (ICLO-NLS) are holding 2 events this coming week on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June conducted by Rik Loose and Alan Rowan.  These events are local, and participation is possible in-person only.

Rik Loose has extensive experience of teaching and transmitting psychoanalysis in colleges and universities in Ireland.  Working clinically in private practice and as supervisor, Rik continues to deliver teaching seminars and lectures both in Ireland and internationally. Rik is a Registered Practitioner Member (APPI), ICLO-NLS, New Lacanian School (NLS), World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP).

Alan Rowan is a psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and systemic psychotherapist.  He has many years of clinical experience working in various mental health institutions and hospitals both in Ireland and the UK.  Currently in private practice and supervisor in Berlin, Alan is a Registered Practitioner Member (APPI), ICLO-NLS, New Lacanian School (NLS), World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP).

Not only will these events interrogate one of the most fundamental concepts in psychoanalysis, but they will draw a thread between the concepts of fixation and repetition, as introduced by Freud and further elaborated by Lacan.  How do we separate these two concepts to define the point of origin of the symptom; how do we hear the repetition of signifiers of those who come to speak to us and distinguish it from that which has become fixed as a permanent disorder in the symptom?

All are Welcome – TO BOOK register@nulliclo-nls.org

On Friday 10th “Fixation: A Bone in Psychoanalysis” conducted by Rik Loose and Alan Rowan.

In this seminar, Rik Loose and Alan Rowan will consider aspects of Freud’s notion of fixation within the development of Lacan’s work and in doing so explore a trajectory from the dialectisability of fictions and their inertias to the One that is not reducible to the Other and its opaqueness-to-meaning of jouissance. In doing so they will furthermore introduce aspects of repetition – which Lacan promoted to a fundamental concept – and which will subsequently form the focus of Saturday’s seminar.

On Saturday 11th “Repetition: From Freud to Lacan” conducted by Alan Rowan

What do we understand by repetition in contemporary discourse, in the clinic?  Freud gave this concept great importance – “Remembering, Repeating and Working Through,” is a text devoted to it.  Here, repetition is linked to transference and constitutes a resistance, even an aggravation of symptoms in the treatment although the drive remains implicit.  “Beyond the Pleasure Principle,” introduces the death drive as the fundamental repetition compulsion of trauma, but repetition remains essentially symbolically constituted. The turning point of Lacan’s Seminar XI, couples’ repetition with the drive and introduces us to a newly defined concept of repetition, one which he will continue to elaborate throughout his later teachings.

This seminar will focus on Freud’s use of repetition both prior to and after his introduction of the concept “the compulsion to repeat.” It will further explore Lacan’s reworking of repetition focusing in particular on Seminar XI and on how symptom and fantasy are necessarily implicated in any consideration of repetition at either a clinical or theoretical level.

Sexual Violence Specialisation Course Starting September 2022

Sexual Violence Specialisation Course Starting September 2022

A one-year Sexual Violence Training Specialisation c/o Rape Crisis Midwest is starting in September 2022, one weekend per month.

This is a nine-module training aimed at all counsellors/psychotherapists that have completed their Undergraduate or Masters training by next September and who are fully accredited or working towards accreditation.

The training comprises of nine modules aimed at giving the participants the knowledge and skills needed to competently understand and work with Sexual Violence.

Fee –  fee for the course is  €1500, which can be paid in instalments.  A non-refundable deposit of €300 is payable on acceptance of application

Course Training Dates – September 17th & 18th, October 15th &16th, November 12th & 13th, December 3rd and 4th, January (2023) 15th & 16th, February 11th & 12th , March 4th & 5th, April 1st and 2nd, April 29th & 30th

Closing Date – 30th June 2022

Interviews – June/July 2022 (Successful applicants will be informed by the end of July 2022)

For any informal enquiries or questions about course content, please email Dr. Michelle Walsh michelle.walsh@nullrapecrisis.ie

Rape Crisis Midwest Sexual Violence Training Specialisation  

An Exploration of Sexual Harassment Among Irish Adolescents: Experience and Understanding (2020)

FirstLight Expanding Psychotherapists Register

FirstLight Expanding Psychotherapists Register

Demand for FirstLight’s services in 2021 was the highest since the organisation was established 45 years ago, with 207 families supported nationwide. We are predicting a similar, if not higher, number in 2022.

For this reason, we are looking to expand the number of Accredited Psychotherapists and Play Therapists on the FirstLight Psychotherapists Register across the following counties:


Mayo Carlow
Kilkenny Westmeath
Athlone Donegal
Kerry Meath
Cork Galway
Offaly Cavan
Monaghan North Dublin
Louth Wicklow

All Psychotherapists on the Register must be professionally accredited, fully insured, and garda vetted before commencing psychotherapy for our service.

About FirstLight

FirstLight is a registered charity that offers free professional support and provides information to families in Ireland that have experienced the sudden, unexpected death of their child if aged from 0 to 18 years.

FirstLight is a trauma-informed organisation offering a National 24-hour Helpline service, Crisis Intervention and a Psychotherapy service. Our services are provided nationwide by our team of professionally accredited, fully insured, and garda vetted psychotherapists. Our team members are professionally trained to provide support to clients experiencing trauma associated with the sudden death of their child. All of our services to families are free of charge and confidential.

To join the FirstLight Psychotherapist’s Register, please email andrew@nullfirstlight.ie or phone 01 8732 711.

EAP 30th Anniversary Congress Videos

EAP 30th Anniversary Congress Videos

Please find below the link for the videos from the EAP 30th Anniversary Congress “The Hope of Psychotherapy for our Endangered World”.  The Congress was live streamed from Vienna to online participants on March 12th and 13th 2022, and the European Association for Psychotherapy have received great feedback about the Congress.

In addition, the videos can be used for training purposes. The European Association for Psychotherapy hope that you enjoy the videos and the distinguished keynote speakers.

EAP 30th Anniversary Congress Videos

Reading Civilization and its Discontents with André Michels

Reading Civilization and its Discontents with André Michels

Date: Saturday April 30th 2022

Time: 10am (Ireland)

Location: Online Event

Cost: €30

In this seminar, Dr André Michels will engage with Civilization and its Discontents as a way to further elaborate on the last seminar – The Feeling of Guilt and the Genesis of the Superego. The seminar will open with presentations followed by a discussion, response and a presentation by André Michels.

In order to benefit from the seminar, you are invited to read Civilization and Its Discontents.

ICP will award 3 CPD points for attending the seminar. Please request your certificate at nade.chekurova@nullgmail.com.

To register please email: nade.chekurova@nullgmail.com or click on the following Eventbrite link:

Dr André Michels is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst in Paris and Luxembourg; member of Espace analytique (Paris), Après-coup (New York), Psychoanalytisches Kolleg (Berlin); author of numerous articles; editor of Actualité de l’hystérie (2001), Les limites du corps, le corps comme limite (2005), Norm, Normalität, Gesetz (2012).

eMEN Training Session by Mental Health Reform

eMEN Training Session by Mental Health Reform

Date: Tuesday 26th April 2022

Time: 2pm – 3pm

Location: Online event

Cost: Free

Registration here 

How Dutch Mental Health Professionals Use Digital Mental Health Tools in Their Work

About This Event

The eMEN Interreg project has been developing training materials on eMental Health, including a series of training videos that will be available soon. These cover therapy sessions through video platforms, online interviewing and assessment, online CBT programmes, writing therapy, virtual reality, wearables, and other areas.

A ‘live’ 1-hour introductory session is taking place online on April 26th and two experienced clinical psychologists from the Netherlands will contribute at the event. Utilisation of digital mental health is further advanced there than in Ireland, and we can learn a lot from their experiences. The event is free-of-charge and should be of interest to Irish organisations/practitioners providing mental health therapy services.

The two speakers, Dr. Ellen Klaassens, PhD and Dr. Tim Wind, PhD are clinical psychologists who work with the Arq Psychotrauma Centre, a large foundation specialising in treatment of trauma in the Netherlands. They will talk about the digital mental health tools they use in their day-to-day work and how to effectively utilise these in various parts of the treatment pathway for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a range of more complex trauma presentations. A Q&A session will allow participants to ask questions and discuss issues of interest with the speakers.

This event has been awarded 1 CPD point by IACP.

A Zoom link will be provided by email prior to the event.

Registration link with further details here


Listening to Words; Listening to Silence

Listening to Words; Listening to Silence

Speaker: Prof Salman Akhtar

Date: Saturday 26th March 2022

Time: 3pm – 5:45pm GMT

Location: Online event

Cost:  €20 – €48

Tickets via Eventbrite

Prof. Salman Akhtar will be presenting on the subject of “Listening to Words, Listening to Silence” in the Psychoanalytic Space

Presentation Part 1: Listening to Words

After Freud’s 1912 succinct recommendations for analytic listening a long time elapsed before Reik’s 1937 book, Listening with the Third Ear, appeared. An even longer gap followed before the publication of my book Psychoanalytic Listening in 2013. Pooling observations scattered in the psychoanalytic literature and adding my own clinical insights in this book, I proposed that there are four kinds of listening prevalent in our enterprise (1) Objective, (2) Empathic, (3) Subjective, and (4) Intersubjective. Each has its own progenitor, theoretical anchor, and therapeutic relevance. I will highlight the characteristics of each with the help of clinical illustrations. I will also trace the developmental prototypes of different kinds of listening and end with unveiling the ‘maternal’ and ‘paternal’ poles of psychoanalytic technique.

Presentation Part 2: Listening to Silence

Emphasizing the point that silence can convey anything that words can, I will attempt to delink silence and resistance to treatment. In fact, I will present a classification of silence that includes the following eight types (1) Structural, (2) U-mentalized, (3) Defensive, (4) Enactive, (5) Symbolic. (6) Contemplative, (7) Regenerative, and (8) Blank. I will provide theoretical and clinical foundations of this scheme and offer guidelines for dealing with long silences and short silences (i.e., pauses). Management of concurrent and mutual silences in the dyad shall be addressed as well.


3pm – 4pm Presentation Part 1

4pm – 4.15pm Q&A/Discussion

4.15pm – 4.30pm Break

4.30pm – 5.30pm Presentation Part 2

5.30pm – 5.45pm Q&A/Discussion

Please note this event will not be recorded.

Salman Akhtar, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His more than 400 publications include 99 books, of which the following 20 are solo-authored: Broken Structures (1992), Quest for Answers (1995), Inner Torment (1999), Immigration and Identity (1999), New Clinical Realms (2003), Objects of Our Desire (2005), Regarding Others (2007), Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy (2009), The Damaged Core (2009), Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009), Immigration and Acculturation (2011), Matters of Life and Death (2011), The Book of Emotions (2012), Psychoanalytic Listening (2013), Good Stuff (2013), Sources of Suffering (2014), No Holds Barred (2016), A Web of Sorrow (2017), Mind, Culture, and Global Unrest (2018), and Silent Virtues (2019). Dr. Akhtar has delivered many prestigious invited lectures including a Plenary Address at the 2nd International Congress of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders in Oslo, Norway (1991), an Invited Plenary Paper at the 2nd International Margaret S. Mahler Symposium in Cologne, Germany (1993), an Invited Plenary Paper at the Rencontre Franco-Americaine de Psychanalyse meeting in Paris, France (1994), a Keynote Address at the 43rd IPA Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (2005), the Plenary Address at the 150th Freud Birthday Celebration sponsored by the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society and the Embassy of Austria in Leiden, Holland (2006), the Inaugural Address at the first IPA-Asia Congress in Beijing, China (2010), and the Plenary Address at the Fall Meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 2017. Dr. Akhtar is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Edith Sabshin Award (2000), Columbia University’s Robert Liebert Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychoanalysis (2004), the American Psychiatric Association’s Kun Po Soo Award (2004) and Irma Bland Award for being the Outstanding Teacher of Psychiatric Residents in the country (2005). He received the highly prestigious Sigourney Award (2012) for distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis. In 2103, he gave the Commencement Address at graduation ceremonies of the Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, MA. Dr. Akhtar’s books have been translated in many languages, including German, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish. A true Renaissance man, Dr Akhtar has served as the Film Review Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and is currently serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published 11 collections of poetry and serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia.


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