Dressage: A poem by Jane Clarke


You find your seat by riding

without saddle or reins,

sit deep, fall off, get on again.

Give and take with lightness

of hand and leg, shift your weight

as you feel how she needs to move.

You find your rhythm by listening

to the sequence of hoofs,

count the beat of every stride.

Learn to read how she holds her head;

when to steady,

when to ask her to lengthen her pace

so the moment between lifting and falling

is held, sometimes so long

that together you don’t touch the ground.

Jane Clarke

Original post: Irish Group Analytic Society

16th European Symposium in Group Analysis e-Newsletter #4

Lisbon Symposium 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know the 16th European Symposium in Group Analysis “Art Meets Science: Exploring Challenges and Changes” will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 July to 1 August 2014.

Some of the most fascinating issues regarding our work will be addressed: to what extent is conducting groups a conceptualized, rational approach or a matter of our intuition, creativity and impulse?
How much Art do we need in our daily practice? How much Science is necessary to make Group Analysis a coherent, credible and convincing way to treat mental suffering? These complex issues will be addressed and discussed by our invited Keynote Speakers as well as during the Academic and Experiential Programme.

This Symposium will be  a challenge not only for those who work in analytical therapeutic settings like group analysts or psychotherapists (individual/group/family) but also for those who engage in other therapies like art therapy or psychodrama. Furthermore there are many other applications of group analysis: either in medical settings, in educational settings, in organisational settings or in research about group processes and therapeutic outcomes.

With this e-mail we are asking for your collaboration in the promotion of the Symposium through your website. In this context, please click here to access the promotional banner and flyer.

We thank you for your support and collaboration.

Kind regards,

The Symposium Secretariat
Leading – Your Congress Organizer
Largo da Lagoa, 15F
2795-116 Linda-a-Velha
T.+351 217 712 634

Original post: Irish Group Analytic Society

Notice of 2013 IGAS AGM

Dear Society members, Please be advised that the

2013 Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Friday 22nd November 2013 from 10.00 till 12.30

 at the Carmilite Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Also, please note that in order to communicate faster and more economically the Management Committee has decided to send all information electronically (postal only if necessary and on request).  AGM Minutes, Agenda and Reports will be posted soon.

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2 CONFERENCE PAPERS: The Irish Matrix, Young People and Self-Harm

We are delighted to be able to present two papers from our October Event:

“Suicide and Self-harm in the Irish Foundation Matrix with Particular Reference to Young People”

Teresa Mason’s Paper

Kevin Power’s Paper

Noel Keane, Chair IGAS

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“Self-harm & Suicide in the Irish Foundation Matrix with particular reference to young People”

It is my pleasure to invite you to our October Event.  As you are aware the prevalence of self-harm and suicide, especially among young people, is of pressing concern.
Our Theme is

“Self-harm & Suicide in the Irish Foundation Matrix with particular reference to young People”

This theme has arisen from the direct involvement of many of our Society Members.
Our half-day event will take place on Saturday, October 5th, 9.30 to 2.00pm, at the Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.  We are most fortunate in having Teresa Mason & Kevin Power as our guest speakers and the event will then follow the small and large groups format.

To register on-line please follow this link

Original post: Irish Group Analytic Society

Foundation Training in Group Analysis, Applications now being Accepted

The School of Psychotherapy

Irish Institute of Group Analysis

in conjunction with

The School of Psychotherapy


St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin



Fee: €3,500 fully inclusive of all Course elements

IIGA Flyer 2013

Original post: Irish Group Analytic Society

The Irish Institute of Group Analysis

presents a lecture entitled



Date:           Thursday 14th June, 2012

Time:           7 pm – 8.30 pm

Venue:        The Library, The School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s University Hosp, Elm Park

CPD points:  1 1/2

Admission:  €10

For further information download flyer (PDF file) Steinar Lorentzen lecture