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New and Amended Bye Laws 2020-21 with tracked changes

New and amended Bye Laws 2020-21 with tracked changes

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The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis

We are fed at the breast of culture, not wholly but to differing degrees. The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis: Cultural Experiences and the Clinic focuses on the formative influence of cultural objects in our lives, and the contribution such experiences make to our mental health and overall well-being.

The book introduces ‘the culture-breast’, a new clinical concept, to explore the central importance played by cultural objects in the psychical lives of patients and psychoanalytic clinical practitioners inside and outside the consulting room. Bringing together clinical writings from psychoanalysis and cultural objects from the applied fields of film, art, literature and music, the book also makes an argument for the usefulness of encounters with cultural objects as ‘non-clinical case studies’ in the training and further professional development of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. Through its engagement with psychosocial studies, this text, furthermore, interrogates, challenges and offers a way through a hierarchical split that has become established in psychoanalysis between ‘clinical psychoanalysis’ and ‘applied psychoanalysis’.

Combining approaches used in clinical, academic and arts settings, The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis is an essential resource for clinical practitioners of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counselling, psychology and psychiatry. It will also be of interest to researchers and practitioners in the fields of psychosocial studies, sociology, social work, cultural studies and the creative and performing arts.

Table of Contents: Series Editors’ Preface; Foreword by R.D. Hinshelwood; Preface: A the breast of culture; 1. Thinking clinically with the psychosocial; 2. Encounters with cultural objects as case study; 3. The culture-breast; Afterword: Experience and the no-breast; References; Index.

Noreen Giffney MIFPP, MICP, MNIIHR, MUKCP, MCPJA is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a psychosocial theorist and the director of the ‘Psychoanalysis +’ initiative. She lives in County Donegal and is a Lecturer in Counselling at Ulster University in Belfast.


‘A subtle, imaginative and brilliant work; The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis proposes an entirely new way of understanding the relationship between psychoanalysis and culture. It proposes that cultural experiences available through film, literature, music and the visual and performing arts can offer a frame, a space, and an encounter with an object, much like the “breast” in early infantile life, so that we can, in a psychoanalytic sense, “learn from experience”’. Lisa Baraitser, Professor of Psychosocial Theory, Birkbeck, University of London, and Psychoanalyst, M. Inst. Psychoanalysis.

‘It is an experiment in reaching between the heights of conceptualisations on the one hand, and the depth of personal experience on the other. It is this “reaching-between” that we need to accomplish in a much more everyday way, as these reflections portray. We must be as well as have our experiences’. From the Foreword by R.D. Hinshelwood, Psychoanalyst, and Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalysis, University of Essex.

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New and amended Bye Laws since IAHIP AGM 2020 (PDF 1.5mb)

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Jouissance, Really? (A Seminar with Darian Leader)

Jouissance, Really? (A Seminar with Darian Leader) by Freud Lacan institute (Fli)

Date: Saturday, April 24th 2021

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: Zoom Webinar

Cost: €30

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Seminar w/renowned psychoanalyst & writer Darian Leader critically exploring jouissance, organised by FLi in collaboration with APPI

About this Event

Seminar Description: Although “jouissance” is generally taken to be a sophisticated concept for advanced Lacanians, its contemporary use suggests that it is little more than a descriptor for disparate states that blocks further research. Exploring its sources in Freud and its development in Lacan opens up the study of admixtures of pleasure and pain, sexuality and suffering, and helps us to re-situate concepts such as autoerotism and the subject.

Seminar takes place by Zoom 13:00-16:00 Dublin-GMT:

Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst working in London and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (CFAR). A major contributor to the field of psychoanalysis, his books include ‘What is Madness?’, ‘Strictly Bipolar’, ‘Hands’ and ‘Why Can’t We Sleep?’ He has also regularly contributed articles on psychoanalysis to The Guardian.

3 CPD points will be awarded by APPI to attendees.

Those with difficulty with the fee should write to

Seminar is organised by FLi in collaboration with APPI (Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland)

APPI is the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland. In existence for more than two decades, it is dedicated to the practice and teaching of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. APPI is the largest professional membership organisation for psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts in Ireland. Full members of APPI are members of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.



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Melanie Klein Trust Webinar: Authors in Conversation

Melanie Klein Trust Webinar:  Authors in Conversation

Date: Saturday 20th March, 2021

Time: 4pm-5.30pm

Venue: Online via Zoom

Organised by: The Melanie Klein Trust

Tickets: £20 (for concessions see below) including access to a recording of the event for one month and a discount code for 20% off the book price. Book your place now.

Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter”   

 Irma Brenman Pick will be discussing her book of papers with psychoanalyst Penelope Garvey

In this important body of work, Brenman Pick presents vivid clinical narratives that demonstrate her interest in the early roots of conflict in her patients, and her skill in addressing these in the here-and-now of the psychoanalytic encounter. Using the book as a touchpoint, the conversation will explore her original contributions to psychoanalytic thinking in areas such as countertransference, authenticity, adolescence and sexual identity.

There are free tickets available for students.

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Group Supervision – Jim Fitzgibbon

Group Supervision

Why joining a supervision group is important?

When we gather in the shared interest of our clients’ healing, something special is happening:-

Stronger resilience emerges by our allowing ourselves to be supported by a group. Group resilience is certainly needed to cope with the recent uncertainty of Covid 19 restrictions in society.

The core philosophy of the supervision group is:

  • Creating a clear working alliance, conversations manifesting as boundaries.
  • Experiences shared informs the ground on which we are.
  • Sharing present experience, authentically, always informs the work.


Instead of feeling isolation, group friendship and support is experienced in between sessions as a warmth.

Feedback from the range of knowledge of other members in the group multiplies the feelings of safety, solidarity and confidence we need to meet the challenges of being a psychotherapist.

One past supervisee said: “Thanks for all the learning and insights. Enjoyed our time together.”

Workshop Details

When: Sessions will take place on a monthly basis on Wednesday mornings, starting 31st March 2021 from 10am.

Duration: Sessions are two hours with a maximum of four supervisees

Delivery: Sessions will be delivered through Zoom video conferencing in line with Covid 19 guidelines.

James FitzGibbon – Bio

A graduate in 2007 with a diploma in gestalt psychotherapy awarded by the Gestalt Institute of Ireland, I am a gestalt psychotherapist. A member of IAHIP since the beginning I maintained my core interest in psychotherapy by attending GII’s CPD training weeks/weekends in Ireland and abroad.

I realise that I love working with the topic and experiences related to suffering and supporting the relief of pain. When suffering emerges into the therapeutic relationship, what I find emerges simultaneously is relief (from suffering), beauty.

I am an IAHIP accredited supervisor with four years experience facilitating supervision groups.

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On the Death Drive: An Ethical Challenge for Our Time

On the Death Drive: An Ethical Challenge for Our Time

by Espace Analytique Ireland- Psychoanalytic Training and Freudian Research

A Seminar with Dr André Michels

Date: Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Time: 10am (Ireland)

Location: Online

Cost: €30

In his Seminar VII, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Lacan is reconsidering the Western ethical tradition with regard to the Freudian cut. Its radical newness consists in his drive doctrine (Trieblehre) situating the death drive in the very centre of the unconscious and as the main reference point of the psychoanalytic practice and theory.

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).

To register please email: or click on the following Eventbrite link:

Foundation Course in Group Analysis 2021 (Weekend Training Programme)

Foundation Course in Group Analysis 2021 (Weekend Training Programme)

Have you ever sat in a group and wondered what is going on?

We all live and work in groups – in our relationships with family and friends and professionally in our relationships at the workplace, yet we are often at a loss as to what might be going on in the dynamics of those groups, especially when difficulties arise as they always do!

This one-year course is open to people who are interested in deepening their understanding of group dynamics in both personal and professional settings and in learning about the potential applications of group analysis in clinical and/or organisational contexts.

Drawing on theories of founding pioneer in Group Analysis, S.H. Foulkes, who was always of the view that individuals can only be understood in the context of their groups, this experiential foundation training develops an in-depth understanding of how group dynamics influence the individual and how the individual’s dynamics influence the group. The training also explores the ‘unconscious’ dynamics in groups.

This well regarded and long running training programme is offered in block format over nine weekends from September 2021 – June 2022.

The main elements of the programme are experiential, both in small and large groups and also through theory, work discussion and case study groups.

If you are interested in finding out more, two information briefings will be held via ZOOM by the School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 on:

  • Thursday 8th April 6.30pm – 8pm
  • Friday 21st May 6.30pm – 8pm

For further enquiries or to register your interest and receive a link to these events please contact Louise Hughes, School Administrator at

Closing Date for Course Applications: Friday 28th May 2021

Additional information: The School of Psychotherapy and UCD School of Medicine: Postgraduates – Psychotherapy

Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit 21st/22nd/23rd June 2021

The Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit is over three days on 21st/22nd/23rd June 2021, live streamed from Titanic Belfast, and will include keynote presentations from the world’s leading experts, workshops and live discussion groups/panels/Q&A sessions.

Due to Covid19, The Trauma Recovery Summit will be taking place through a virtual platform.  We really do feel that there is a need to continue this trauma healing conversation and although it is not live, in person, we can still do great things virtually.

The Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit will however continue to bring together the world’s leading experts in the field of trauma and trauma recovery to digitally present their latest research and understanding of trauma and how it affects both individuals, families and communities. The Summit will examine a range of treatment modalities to heal trauma and how delegates can incorporate these into their own professional practice.  

Key features of our digital platform – Whova:

  • Watch pre-recorded workshops and tune into a live feed of keynote presentations.
  • Network with over 2,500 professionals from around the world
  • Engage with and follow delegates through live polls, Q&A sessions, Ice breaker groups and also create virtual meetups after the event.
  • Delegates will have access to the event for 6 months post conference date.

Action Trauma are delighted to announce the launch of virtual exhibition booths at the Trauma Recovery Summit in June 2021, which offers exhibitors additional features to promote their organisation and network 1 month before and 6 months beyond the date of the conference.

 This platform worked extremely well for the ITC Conference in January and we received extremely positive feedback from delegates, it is very user friendly and creates great engagement features.

We strategically offer exhibition opportunities to a limited number of chosen organisations to fit with the vision of the conference, to show case their unique services with the purpose of offering exclusive systems of support to delegates.


  • The exhibitor logo displayed on the Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit website.
  • Create a personalised virtual booth, within Whova featuring your logo, images, documents, resources, links and posters. Pre-recorded videos, giveaways, and live product demos can also be included.
  • Create online one to one chat with delegates through the messaging service.
  • Any leads that you generate can be exported from Whova so you can make further contact with delegates and their organisations.
  • Feature key staff and contact details, making it simple for delegates to get in touch with you directly and on a personal basis.
  • You can create virtual ‘meet ups’ with delegates within the community platform of Whova.
  • You can see how much engagement you are getting through ‘attendee visits’ to your booth. Attendees can like and comment on the booth in a similar format to social media.
  • Dedicated Action Trauma Advisor to answer any queries and ensure a simple process, with a scheduled personal zoom call once the Whova platform has gone live (1 month prior).
  • Meet the exhibitors’ email sent to all delegates 2 weeks prior to the event.
  • Promotion of exhibitors through Action Trauma social media, FB, twitter and website on the lead up, during & post event.
  • Exhibitor pages will remain open for up to 6 months post event, exhibitor will continue to get exclusive exposure even when the event is over – allowing delegates the option to go back and reach out to exhibitor booths they missed during the run of the event, providing an invaluable opportunity in a way that goes beyond what an in-person events can accomplish.
  • Includes 1 FREE delegate place to access the full conference (delegate rate £145). 

Cost is £395 + vat.

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Racial Trauma and Psychosis

Racial Trauma and Psychosis

by Irish Forum Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Date: 13th March 2021

Time: 10:30am – 1pm

Location: Online

Price: €20

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Working in the Community with Psychosis and Racial Trauma

About this Event

The Psychosis Therapy Project (PTP) and the USEMI Racial Trauma Clinic work jointly to deliver specialist talking and art therapy services in deprived areas across inner city London.

The Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy have invited Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz and Earl Pennycooke to speak about these innovative and valuable services.

In the disenfranchised areas where this work is happening, the speakers will share their experiences of encountering a high proportion of people who present with complex trauma and severe mental illness and receive little support besides medication. They will also introduce Irish audiences to the work of the Psychosis Therapy Project, a psychoanalytic clinic of psychosis in the community and USEMI (“to speak” in Swahili) which aim to meet the specific needs of those whose experience of severe mental illness is impacted by race, ethnicity and culture.

The central and highly valuable nature of both these projects is that they hold questions of subjectivity, voice and visibility as their central concerns.

The Psychosis Therapy Project: A Psychoanalytic Clinic of Psychosis in the Community

Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz will give an overview of the PTP’s psychoanalytic interventions in the community since its foundation in 2013. She will discuss some of the organisational, theoretical and clinical tenets and challenges that have shaped the development of the project so far.

Everyday Racial Trauma and Psychosis: Diagnosis and Presentation

Earl Pennycooke will speak about racial trauma from the perspective of his lived experience of racism and show how the systemic disavowal of racism in society perpetuates the oppression and the silencing of those who are victims of it. He will discuss the impact of this fact on the mental wellbeing of communities of colour and the ways in which it informs the clinic of racial trauma. He will also wonder how this gets played out in psychoanalysis as a whole.

2 CPD points will be awarded.

Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz is a psychoanalyst, a translator and a frontline clinician working with severe mental illness in the community. She is the founder and clinical director of the Psychosis Therapy Project. Her work as a translator includes a number of psychoanalytic texts such as Dominique Scarfone’s Laplanche: An Introduction (2015), The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious (2016) and Laurence Kahn’s Psychoanalysis, Apathy and the Postmodern Patient (2018)

Earl Pennycooke has worked in a variety of psychotherapeutic settings, from brief work within the NHS, to managing front line addiction and mental health services. He is currently working in private practice and is co-director of the Psychosis Therapy Project and co-founder and director of USEMI.

If you or a family member are affected by these topics, please refer to the Irish Forum Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy’s website to consult a therapist.

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