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Psychoanalysis and Colonialism: The Ethic(s) of Bearing Witness

Psychoanalysis and Colonialism: The Ethic(s) of Bearing Witness

26 and 27 April 2024 (in person and hybrid)

Conference on Psychoanalysis and Colonialism: The Ethic(s) of Bearing Witness with screening and discussion of Secrets from Putumayo – with special guests Stephen Rea and Brazilian Ambassador to Ireland.

Event Details

  • Date & Time: Fri, 26 Apr 2024 3:30pm – 6pm: Sat, 27 Apr 2024 10am – 6:30pm
  • Location: DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra Road Upper, Dublin 9 & Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2 D02 PD85
  • Cost: €10 – €70 #EarlyBirdDiscount #2For1Deal
  • Tickets via Eventbrite
  • By The Irish Psychoanalytic Film Forum

About This Event

  • 1 day 3 hours
  • Please note the event takes place in two different venues. Friday is the screening of Secrets from Putumayo in the Irish Film Institute. Saturday is St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.
  • Saturday is a hybrid event and tickets for Zoom attendance are available. The in-person ticket includes lunch.
  • Friday is not hybrid but in person only.
  • Places are limited
  • 10 CPD points awarded

This two-day event interrogates the relationship between psychoanalysis and colonialism within the context generated by the film The Secrets from Putumayo – a Brazilian documentary revealing Roger Casement’s role in witnessing and documenting the atrocities committed against the native people in the Amazon.

The event is interdisciplinary and includes speakers and scholars from the fields of psychoanalysis, history, film, and Latin American studies. In particular, we question the effects of bearing witness to difficult/tragic and painful events and the variety of potential responses available to the human subject, ranging from denial to revolution.

This ethic(s) of bearing witness is also related to the medium of film. We argue that certain films call us to action or ask us to bear something through the act of watching, through being present to a ‘reality’ we may not ordinarily encounter. Furthermore, we ask whether psychoanalysis has historically contributed to outdated and biased notions of the unknown and uncivilised and how it may be relevant today to the task and discourse of decolonisation.

On Friday evening’s discussion, we are delighted to include among distinguished guests the Ambassador to the Embassy of Brazil, Marcel Biato.


Angus Mitchell

Laura Izarra

Alan Gilsenan

Mariana Bolfarine

Michael O’Loughlin

Barbara Fitzgerald

Geraldine McLoughlin

Jones Irwin, Luke Gibbons, Paula Salvio, Sally Swartz

Jane Ohlmeyer

John O’Donoghue


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The Relationship & Shared Thinking Environment of Marion Milner & Donald Winnicott

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The Relationship & Shared Thinking Environment of Marion Milner & Donald Winnicott

Dr Margaret Boyle Spelman

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday 20th April 2024
  • Time: 10am – 12:30pm GMT


Bookings close April 18th 2024

Dr Margaret Boyle Spelman is the co-editor with Joan Raphael-Leff of The Marion Milner Tradition Lines of Development: Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades (2023). The book provides an overview of Milner’s work and contributions to psychoanalytic thinking and other creative and scientific disciplines including clinical & organisational psychology, philosophy and art therapy.

Her paper will describe the relationship and thinking environment between Milner & Winnicott  and include an introduction on how the form and content book emerged. We will also hear from some of the contributors to the book about their experience of meeting and working with Margaret Milner, and their appreciation of her applied and theoretical ideas.

Dr Boyle Spelman is a chartered clinical and counselling psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and organisational psychologist working with the Irish Health Service Executive and in private practice. She is a member of The Psychological Society of Ireland, The Irish Council of Psychotherapy, and member of the European Association for Psychotherapy. She is co-editor with Frances Thomson-Salo of a further book in the Lines of Development series on Winnicott’s contributions: her other publications include two monographs on the subject of Winnicott.

The meeting will be chaired by Prof Joan Raphael Leff & Tessa Dalley (Chair, Squiggle).

  • 10am – 11:30am: Dr Spelman’s paper & additional contributions
  • 11:40am – 12:30pm Audience participation in an extended exploration and discussion of Margaret Milner’s work.

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“In infantile magic the world can be annihilated by a closing of the eyes and recreated by a new looking an a new phase of needing”. Roots of Aggression


Foundation Course in Group Analysis 2024/2025

Foundation Course In Group Analysis 2024 – Weekend Training Programme

Have you ever sat in a group and wondered what is going on?  We are often at a loss as to what might be going on in the dynamics of 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 learning about the potential applications of group analysis in clinical and/or organisational contexts. The Foundation Course is also the first step in the requirement towards the clinical training in Group Analytic Psychotherapy.

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 2024 – June 2025.

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, information briefings will be held via ZOOM and in-person from the School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 in association with UCD School of Medicine Psychotherapy Programmes on:

  • Wednesday 20th March 2024 6:30pm – 8pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday 18th April 2024: 6:30pm – 8pm The School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 (in person)
  • Wednesday 15th May 2024 6:30pm – 8pm (Zoom)
  • Wednesday 29th May 2024 6:30pm – 8pm (Zoom)

For further enquiries or to register your interest and receive a link to these events please contact Niamh Dennehy, School of Psychotherapy Administrator at

Closing Date for Course Applications: Friday 7th June 2024

Additional Information:

The School of Psychotherapy

MSc in Group Analytic Psychotherapy

ICP’s New CEO – Rúaidhrí O’Connor

ICP Announces the Appointment of Rúaidhrí O’Connor as CEO

Rúaidhrí O’Connor has been announced as the new CEO of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy following a thorough search process. Rúaidhrí will take up his appointment on the 4th March, 2024 and brings with him over 40 years’ experience in the health sector.  Rúaidhrí was CEO of The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), for over 17 years during which time CORU opened its register of physiotherapists.  Accordingly, Rúaidhrí has a wealth of experience in advocating and negotiating with the Department of Health, the HSE and CORU.

Welcoming Rúaidhrí O’Connor’s appointment, the Board of ICP said:

‘We are delighted to be welcoming someone with Rúaidhrí O’Connor’s experience and expertise to lead ICP into the future. Rúaidhrí has had a long and distinguished career in the health and social care profession showing great leadership and management.

He joins ICP at a crucial time for the organisation, with the proposed regulation of psychotherapists by CORU.  We look forward to working with Rúaidhrí and providing him with our full support.’

Of his appointment, Rúaidhrí said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Irish Council for Psychotherapy as CEO at this critical juncture for the profession as it transitions in the coming years to state regulation of the profession. I look forward to working closely with and on behalf of the Board, member organisations and registrants of ICP to promote and advocate the highest standards to ensure public health safety, and to provide registrants with the services and supports that they require in this rapidly changing environment.”


The Disparate Sexes

The Disparate Sexes

A seminar of the Lacanian Orientation

A seminar by Miquel Bassols

The Disparate Sexes

Date: 9 March 2024

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

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

Cost: €20 – €50

Tickets via Eventbrite

By ICLO Society of the NLS

Disparate is the term I have chosen to address the question of the difference between the sexes, or better still, the difference that sex introduces into the speaking being. It’s also the question raised by the topicality of ‘trans’ discourse and sexual gender. Are we, with trans discourses, in the age of disparate genders? In fact, we could say that for psychoanalysis we are still, and always will be, in the era of the irreducible disparity of the sexes. The question is rather what kind of disparity we are talking about.

Miquel Bassols is a psychoanalyst, Analyst Member of the School (AMS) of the ELP (Spain), the ECF (France) and the WAP (World Association of Psychoanalysis). He holds a PhD from the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII and teaches at the Institute of the Freudian Field of Barcelona. Previously Chair of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, he has lectured extensively throughout Europe and the USA.

He has published numerous articles/papers and also translated (in Catalan) Lacan’s Lituraterre (2021) accompanied by a commentary. In addition, he regularly publishes various texts and readings on psychoanalysis and literature on the blog Desescrits.

He has written many books including: La psicoanàlisi explicada als mitjans de comunicació (1997) La interpretación como malentendido (2001) Finales de análisis (2007) Llull con Lacan. El amor, la palabra y la letra en la psicosis (2010) Lecturas de la página en blanco. La letra y el objeto (2011) El caballo del pensamiento (2011) Tu Yo no es tuyo. Lo real del psicoanálisis en la ciencia (2011) A psicanálise, a ciência, o real (2015) La diferencia de los sexos no existe en el inconsciente (2021)


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The Place of the Gaze

The Place of the Gaze

Towards the NLS Congress 2024

Date: 8 March 2024

Time: 7pm – 9pm

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

Cost: €20 – €50

Tickets via Eventbrite

By ICLO Society of the NLS

A seminar by Miquel Bassols on the theme of the forthcoming NLS Congress.

It is known that there are two new objects that Lacan adds to the classic Freudian series of the oral, the anal and the phallic object. These two new objects are the gaze and the voice.

The gaze is an object even more immanent, more evanescent, than the voice, much more immanent even than the maternal breast or excrement. We can record the voice in a material medium (now, for example, in a digital medium), but it is difficult to think about how to locate the gaze in some medium. And yet, we must emphasise the preeminent place of the gaze in our world and in the current clinic, especially when we address the massive presence of screens and the space of virtual reality in which a good part of our activities take place. Today the gaze is at the very core of the subject’s relationship with his body and his jouissance.

Following this perspective, we will talk about the place of the gaze in some moments of Lacan’s teaching.

Miquel Bassols is a psychoanalyst, Analyst Member of the School (AMS) of the ELP (Spain), the ECF (France) and the WAP (World Association of Psychoanalysis). He holds a PhD from the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII and teaches at the Institute of the Freudian Field of Barcelona. Previously Chair of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, he has lectured extensively throughout Europe and in USA.

He has published numerous articles/papers and also translated (in Catalan) Lacan’s Lituraterre (2021) accompanied by a commentary. In addition, he regularly publishes various texts and readings on psychoanalysis and literature on the blog Desescrits.

In Person Only

Fee: 30 / Students 20

Bundle available for both Seminars50 / Students 30


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NLS International Congress 2024 Clinic Of The Gaze

NLS International Congress 2024 Clinic Of The Gaze

11th & 12th May – Dublin, Ireland

Date: 11-12 May 2024

Time: 9am – 3:30pm

Location: Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Cost: From €70-€140 (Early Bird Tickets Until 17 February!)

10 CPD Points awarded by APPI

Registration Here

On behalf of ICLO-NLS Bureau

Call For Papers

You can submit your clinical paper for the parallel sessions HERE until March 16th & also contribute to the blog HERE

Early Bird 

Registration for the Congress at a reduced rate until February 17th HERE

The Party

Limited places! Book HERE

Preparing The Congress

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The Blog of the NLS Congress

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Call For Papers For The Congress

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Vision as an Event in the Experience of Psychoanalysis (26 January)

Vision as an Event in the Experience of Psychoanalysis – Clotilde Leguil

A seminar exploring the theoretical and clinical implications of vision as an event in a Lacanian psychoanalytic experience.

Date: Friday 26 January 2024

Time: 7pm – 9pm GMT

Location: Trinity College Dublin

Cost: From €22.42

Book via Eventbrite

By ICLO Society of the NLS

About This Event

In what sense can we say that vision – in Lacan’s sense – truly constitutes an event in psychoanalysis? Between shadow and light, darkness and dazzle, the experience of the unconscious is an experience of “seeing” and “not seeing.” If the analysand begins by realising that he does not see the cause of what is happening to him in his life, he comes to confront himself with a blind spot of his destiny. The experience of “being blinded,” of “seeing nothing,” of “seeing blurred,” or of “being dazzled,” all represent different modalities of relating to the unconscious in terms of “seeing.”

Vision as an event would then coincide with that moment when the unconscious-light, “that which leaves no room for shadow” as Lacan wrote in 1967 (Autres écrits, p. 334), is encountered in an unprecedented way. Where I used to blink, dazzled by too much light, I come to be able to see what I had never seen before. I come to read that which left its trace and could not be revealed at first. The final vision is an event. At last I can read the cipher of my destiny. At last, the lost letter has reached its destination.

Clotilde Leguil, École de la Cause freudienne (ECF), World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). A psychoanalyst and philosopher, she is a lecturer in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII-Saint-Denis. Author of numerous texts, her most recent publications are L’ère du toxique (2023) and Céder n’est pas consentir (2021).Previous works include: Les Amoureuses, voyage au bout de la féminité (Seuil, 2009), which won the 2010 Prix Œdipe des libraires, and « Je », une traversée des identités ( Puf, 2018). She prefaced the new translations of Freud published by Éditions du Seuil (2010-2011) and contributed to L’Anti-livre noir de la psychanalyse, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller (Seuil, 2006).


Admission: (€30 & €20 Student Rate)

Venue: TRiSS Seminar Room C6.002, 6th Floor, Arts Building – Trinity College Dublin


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ICP’s Submission to CORU (30/11/2023)

ICP’s Submission to CORU (30/11/2023)

Read ICP’s submission to CORU on proposed training standards for psychotherapists.

On 30th November 2023, ICP, on behalf of our members, made its submission to CORU detailing our key concerns and recommendations regarding the proposed Standards of Proficiency and Education and Training Standards for Psychotherapists.

In summary, the recommendations we made in the submission to CORU are:

  • The development of clarity around the nature of the work of psychotherapists, including the differentiation from counsellors.
  • The re-setting of the threshold level of training at Level 9.
  • The inclusion within the framing of training programmes of personal psychotherapy / personal psychotherapeutic experience.
  • The revisiting of details around direct observation of clinical practice within training.
  • The revisiting of details around practice placement context and clinical supervision.

Among the key concerns we outlined in our submission to CORU are that the proposals:

  • Would not provide adequate protection for the public.
  • Lack a definition of psychotherapy and of recognition of this as a distinct professional activity.
  • Lack attention to developed norms and standards in the profession and in professional training.
  • Lack attention to readiness to engage in psychotherapy training.
  • Omit personal psychotherapeutic experience.
  • The proposed threshold minimum qualification level for entry to the register for psychotherapists of Level 8 on the NFQ does not adequately equip a graduate to practise psychotherapy. ICP believes it should be a graduate/postgraduate psychotherapy-specific degree in addition to an undergraduate degree on the
  • In relation to practice placements, the proposals do not reflect best practice in our field, and they fail to recognise the effectiveness of the clinical practice model in place, and the vital role of clinical supervisors.
  • There would be a downgrading of the profession of psychotherapy.
  • Their impact on mobility between jurisdictions, and access to employment nationally and internationally.

In our conclusion, we reiterated our continued support for a process of regulating the profession of psychotherapy in Ireland, and that we are keen to have a close involvement in informing those framing this.

There is no information at present as to when CORU will have completed its review of submissions on the proposals, including ICP’s, or about when any outcome is expected.

We are keeping a very close eye on the matter and will be keeping you updated in the new year.

You can read our full submission document here.


ICP Now Hiring a CEO! Deadline 5pm 15/12/2023

Irish Council for Psychotherapy Now Hiring a CEO!

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (Remote) (Part-Time)

The Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) is the umbrella body that represents over 1,700 psychotherapists and the broadest range of psychotherapy modalities (approaches) in Ireland.  ICP contributes to public health by promoting psychotherapy as an effective intervention for good mental and emotional health by encouraging the highest standards of training, practice and on-going education of psychotherapists.

The Objectives of ICP Include:

  • Promoting psychotherapy as an independent profession.
  • To contribute to public health by promoting the wider provision of psychotherapy for the public.
  • To encourage high standards of training, practice and ongoing education of psychotherapists.
  • To establish and monitor a National Register of accredited psychotherapists in Ireland.

The Specifics of the Role:  

The Board of The ICP are seeking a part-time CEO for a fixed term of one year.  This is a contract role.  This role reports directly to the Chairperson and to the Board of Directors.  The appointed CEO will be expected to manage sub-committees of the Board, and the operational implementation of ICP strategy including:

  • Being the lobbying body for Psychotherapy, particularly with CORU and relevant Government departments.
  • Develop communication channels with ICP Registrants, providing timely updates regarding regulation, and other relevant information.
  • Maintain the register of Registrants
  • Providing services to ICP Registrants

The responsibilities of the CEO are as follows:

  • To communicate the vision and purpose of ICP to relevant agencies, in particular, CORU, as they seek to regulate the profession.
  • To be the operational lead in implementing ICP strategy.
  • To deliver a high-quality service to ICP registrants.
  • To work closely with the Board in shaping and advancing ICP strategy and mission.
  • To lead and motivate the administrative staff.
  • To instruct and monitor the work of external consultants engaged by ICP.
  • To be aware of current issues that might affect strategy.
  • To foster a positive corporate culture

Experience Required: 

This role will suit a professional with a proven track record of successfully leading an organisation, preferably in a CEO or equivalent role.  Experience or knowledge of the following will be an advantage but not essential:

  • Relationship-building with external agencies
  • Psychotherapy sector or similar field

Person Specification


  • Demonstrable leadership and organisational skills.
  • Impartiality, fairness, and the ability to respect confidence.
  • Demonstrable communication and interpersonal skills with ability to engage with and influence a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience and capacity for ensuring decisions are taken and followed up, using sound judgement, innovative thinking and a capacity for independent assessment.


  • Experience of utilising network contacts to achieve organisational objectives.
  • An understanding of the operation of Government departments/Public bodies and structures, preferably in welfare related or health, education, social care sectors.
  • Demonstrable interest in psychotherapy. The political and social context, as well as the issues influencing psychotherapy today, are a core component of this executive role.

Key Terms and Conditions of Appointment

  • This is a three-day-week role with a possibility for flexibility.
  • Salary will be commensurate to experience.
  • The role is mainly remote working. In-person attendance at meetings and events outside office hours will be required once per month or as required.  The location for meetings will be in Dublin however, there may be occasions where attendance at meetings outside of Dublin is required. Sufficient notice for meetings/events will be supplied.


  • ONLY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION FORM WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE PANEL. A Curriculum Vitae, or any additional pages will not be accepted.
  • Further details on application
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm 15/12/2023.