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Clinical Tools From Spinoza by Dr Ian Miller

Clinical Tools From Spinoza by Dr Ian Miller

The IFPP are delighted to welcome Dr Ian Miller to give a talk which draws on his 2022 Routledge publication,

Clinical Spinoza. Integrating his Philosophy With Contemporary Therapeutic Practice.

Date: Saturday November 26th, 2022

Time: 10:45am – 1pm GMT

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: From €7.50

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  • 10:45am to 11:45am Presentation of paper by Dr Ian Miller
  • 45am to 12pm Break
  • 12pm to 12:50pm Discussion / Q&As
  • 1pm Close

Please note this is an online event and Zoom details will be provided to ticketholders before the event.


Not only was Baruch Spinoza the first modern psychologist, a recognition shared by psychoanalytic thinkers from Lou Andreas-Salome to Erich Fromm, but also Spinoza’s Ethics furnish today’s contemporary clinicians with a threefold cord of aspiration, observation, and methodology, immediately recognizable within the interrelated currents of psychoanalytic thought. Remarkably, fundamental streams of Spinozan thinking are discernible in the “going on being” of DW Winnicott and in the process-rich clinical algorithm developed by WR Bion, in expansion of Klein’s shuttle between paranoid/schizoid and depressive positions.

Clinical Spinoza (Routledge, 2022) is the third instalment in my articulation of today’s psychoanalytic vernacular, derived largely from the clinical contributions of Winnicott & Bion – and developed in the context of my teaching psychoanalytic theory at Trinity College, with the book, Defining Psychoanalysis: Achieving a Vernacular Expression (Karnac, 2016). On the Daily Work of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2018), the second instalment, focuses on clinical and social change processes observed and implemented through the lens of Bion’s therapeutic algorithm. However, only in engagement with Spinoza’s 17th century contributions, do late 20th and early 21st century psychoanalytic developments become recognizable as integrally Spinozan concepts.

Returning to the psychological tools advanced by Spinoza – including his monistic critique of Descartes – contemporary therapeutic practice is streamlined and clarified, both directly in the clinic, and in relation to the metapsychology, or philosophical underpinning, of what we do.

It is not today, as early psychoanalysts observed, that Spinoza “anticipates” the development of psychoanalysis, but rather, that the development of psychoanalysis itself, through its speculative twists and turns, has returned to clarities discerned originally by Spinoza; and which stand ready (as they have for centuries) for integration within psychoanalytic development.

Ian Miller

Ten years ago, in 2012, I relocated my 30-year practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy from Manhattan to Dublin, joining both the IFPP and the Psychological Society of Ireland where I am also involved in the Human Rights special interest group and the Psychotherapy section.

Since then, in clinical practice, supervision, and teaching, Dublin has been home. It has been a productive time: of growth, not only in writing psychoanalytic books and articles, but also of ongoing psychoanalytic inquiry with Dubliners; and in developing new associations with European clinical colleagues.

In addition to practice and writing, I remain Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis; and last Spring, was asked to participate in the IPA podcast series Psychoanalysis as Politics: Aspiring to Think In the Age of Anti-Thinking – Ian S. Miller on the topic of thinking itself as subversively political in our times.

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Action Trauma Network

What is the Action Trauma Network?

The Action Trauma Network is a not-for-profit membership organisation. We provide an affordable way for individuals and organisations to connect and collaborate, bringing hope, recovery and resilience to people affected by trauma. Joining our global network of likeminded members unlocks access to a large portfolio of resources, and CPD-accredited learning, including webinars, live events and conferences.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where organisations and individuals can come together to collaborate, share, and heal trauma.

Our Mission

Working together to bring hope, recovery, resilience and healing to a world that is hurting. Promoting love, kindness, understanding and compassion.

Membership Benefits

  • Online members’ portal
  • Extensive portfolio of resources
  • Exclusive presentations from world leading experts
  • CPD-accredited webinars and networking events
  • Priority booking for all events
  • Dedicated Facebook Group
  • Film & documentary screenings

Reasons To Join The Network

  • Build a professional toolkit with unlimited access to extensive trauma resources and training
  • CPD-accredited career development
  • Connect and collaborate with a global network of like-minded members
  • Be part of a supportive, diverse and compassionate community.

Healing Trauma Together

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James Joyce’s Writing & Psychoanalysis – Conference November 2022

James Joyce’s Writing and Psychoanalysis

Conference on Lasting Relevance of Joyce’s Writing, Why Joyce’s Writing is Important to Psychoanalysis, and Links to the Contemporary Psyche

Date: 19 November 2022 – in person & by live stream

Time: 9:30am – 5pm

Venue: Museum of Literature Ireland, UCD Newman House 85-86 Saint Stephen’s Green (Access through 85 St. Stephen’s Green Dublin D02 XY43)

Cost: From €64.91

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The conference is organised by the Freud Lacan institute in conjunction with the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), and with the support of APPI, the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), and features a special live musical performance of The Seas Between.

Registration via Eventbrite (2 Ticket Types: In-Person and Live Stream)

Registration for in-person attendance will be on a first-come first-serve basis as the conference room accommodates a maximum of 60 people. Lunch and tea/coffee is included in the conference fee and will be served by the Commons Café at MoLI. Those unable to attend in person will have the opportunity to attend the conference via live streaming which will be managed by the MoLI Digital Curator.

Conference Description: The conference marks the centenary of the publication of Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses (1922), described as “the most dangerous book” and the “novel to end all novels.” The conference brings together psychoanalysts, academics, scholars, students, and all interested in the writing of Joyce and contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice to explore the lasting importance of Joyce’s literature, how and why Joyce’s writing is important to psychoanalysis, and why the work of Joyce continues to both reflect and make a deep impression on the contemporary psyche. The conference takes place in the Old Physics Theatre and Saloon at the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), the former home of University College Dublin and Joyce’s alma mater, and will offer a range of talks, panel presentations, discussions, debate, and live music performance. The conference will address the following themes:

  • Why Read Joyce: The Significance of Joyce’s Writing as Textual and Reading Practice?
  • Joyce’s Writing and its Relationship to Language
  • Joyce’s Symptom: Creativity, Inventiveness, and the Artist
  • The Role of the Senses and Sonority in Joyce and a Psychical Factor
  • Exile, the Foreign, and the Domain of the Unconscious

Part-Time PG Cert in Healthcare Innovation Starting January 2023

Part-Time PG Cert in Healthcare Innovation Starting January 2023

The popular part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Innovation is now open for application, at Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. Developed by Tangent in collaboration with The School of Medicine Trinity College Dublin and Health Innovation Hub Ireland, this course offers a unique opportunity for individuals to build an entrepreneurial mindset to innovation within a healthcare context. This is a Springboard+ funded course from Ireland’s leading university – eligible applicants pay just 10% fees at €380, and eligible unemployed applicants may study for free.

Back by popular demand with funding from Springboard+, the next course starts on 20th January and will run over 21 weeks on Fridays and Saturdays. The course will be delivered through a mix of online and in-person teaching. On completion, individuals will have gained critical and lateral thinking skills to creatively solve problems, to confidently take ideas forward for support & implementation, and to become ambassadors for change in driving innovation within the healthcare system.

Places offered on a rolling basis; course may close in advance of listed closing date, 8th November 2022

Part-Time PG Cert in Healthcare Innovation

  • Qualification: Postgraduate Level 9 (30 ECTS)
  • Delivery: Part Time, blended
  • Duration: 21 Weeks, Friday, and Saturday
  • Course Fees: €380 eligible applicants in employment. Free to eligible unemployed applicants. See eligibility criteria
  • Course Content: Module 1: Innovation and Creativity in Healthcare
  • Module 2: Opportunity Generation, Recognition and Communication
  • Module 3: Enterprise Development in Healthcare

Key Dates

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Workshops (November 2022)

Trauma and the Body: The Theory and Practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Discover how the body holds past trauma, and how it also provides inroads into what clients need to recover and move on, even if the trauma occurred decades ago. Find out what to do and where to start with simple relational mindfulness interventions that will help your clients draw upon the intelligence of their bodies.

  • Define Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and cite its relevance to work with trauma clients
  • Describe procedural learning and its relevance to trauma and attachment-related developmental trauma
  • Identify the role of the body in trauma treatment and attachment-related developmental trauma
  • Explain how physical action can be used to help patients feel empowered and decrease PTSD symptoms
  • Describe the importance of mindfulness in trauma therapy
  • Summarize the phase-oriented treatment approaches utilized in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy practice with trauma clients
  • Apply information and skills acquired to clinical work with trauma clients

About the Facilitator

Jennifer Gardner, MSW, LICSW, CST, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years’ experience working with children and individuals in diverse settings including settings including healthcare, community mental health, early intervention, and private practice. Since 2005, she has held a private practice in Reading, MA, providing psychotherapy to couples and adults using a variety of modalities including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR and psychodynamic intervention. She is Certified in Early Intervention in MA, holds an MSW from Salem State University, and a Certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Since her Certification as a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist in 2016, she has supported students toward certification in New York, Boston, and Dublin. Her interests include attachment, sex therapy, and relationships including couples and caregivers. Jennifer trains and provides consultation internationally for SPI and is co-developing a course in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for working with couples.

Trauma and the Body: The Theory and Practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Friday, 4 November 2022 – Galway, Ireland led by SPI faculty, Jennifer Gardner MA, LISCW, CST

Credit Hours: 6

Times: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: The Connacht Hotel, Old Dublin Road, Renmore, Galway, Ireland H91 K5DD

Instructor: Jennifer Gardner MA, LICSW, CST

Tuition: €150. 5% early registration discount if payment received by 10/07/2022.

Contact: Support SPI,

Local Contact: Ruth Steenvoorden, 087 7922323,


Trauma and the Body: The Theory and Practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Saturday, 5 November 2022 – Cork, Ireland led by SPI faculty, Jennifer Gardner MA, LISCW, CST

Credit Hours: 6

Times: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: The Metropole Hotel Cork, MacCurtain Street, Victorian Quarter, Cork, Ireland T23 EEC3

Instructor: Jennifer Gardner MA, LICSW, CST

Tuition: €150. 5% early registration discount if payment received by 10/07/2022.

Contact: Support SPI,

Local Contact: Ruth Steenvoorden, 087 7922323,

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Monica Whyte, EFTA President opens EFTA conference in Ljubljana

Monica Whyte, EFTA President and FTAI Member, opens the EFTA conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Title: Systemic Resonances and Interferences

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Storytelling – A Talk by Stephen Grosz

Storytelling – A Talk by Stephen Grosz

by Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP)

Date: Saturday 29th October 2022

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm IST

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

Cost: €20 – €50

This event will now be held online and in person.

Stephen Grosz – Supervision Availability 29/10/22

After the event which is scheduled to end at 3:30pm, Stephen Grosz will offer a clinical seminar, or individual supervision to any ICP members who may be interested.

The clinical seminar would be for up to six ICP members. The seminar would last 90 minutes or so; one of the six participants would need to liaise with Melanie Taylor (IFPP Admin) in advance, and briefly present a case. The fee would be €50. per participant.

Alternately, Stephen can offer two individuals one hour’s supervision each. The fee for individual supervision would be €150.

If this is of interest, please respond as soon as possible to

Storytelling – A Talk by Stephen Grosz

About This Event

We are all storytellers – we make stories to make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen.

The Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) are delighted to invite you to an in-person event with the psychoanalyst and best-selling author, Stephen Grosz.

Stephen Grosz is a practicing psychoanalyst who has worked with patients for more than thirty-five years. Born in America, he was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Oxford University. He lives in London, where he is a Training Analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

In his book The Examined Life, Stephen Grosz distils 50,000 hours of clinical work as a psychoanalyst into a series of jargon-free stories. A Sunday Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book, The Examined Life has been translated into more than thirty languages. It was described by Michiko Kakutani, in the New York Times, as sharing “the best literary qualities of Freud’s most persuasive work…a series of slim, piercing chapters that read like a combination of Chekhov and Oliver Sacks.”

In this talk, Stephen Grosz will the discuss the importance of storytelling inside and outside of psychotherapy.

Note: The in-person event is strictly limited to 80 people.

IFPP Contact Details


Phone: 086 173 2238


  • 1:30pm – 2pm Registration / Tea & Coffee
  • 2pm – 2:45pm “An Examined Life” a reading by Stephen Grosz
  • 2:45pm – 3:30pm Q & A / Discussion
  • 3:30pm End

Praise for “The Examined Life”

Andrew Solomon, Author Of “Far From The Tree” “This book conveys the nuanced complexities of psychoanalysis in deceptively simple human stories. It is written with generosity toward both its subjects and its readers; with authentic wit; and with flashes of profound insight. The novelistic charm of its case histories makes it impossible to put down, but while you may read it for entertainment, it will leave you wiser about humanity than you were when you picked it up.”

Patrick Mcgrath, Author Of “Asylum” “Someone in pain enters an analyst’s consulting room, and is paid careful, intelligent attention. The Examined Life is a fascinating collection of quiet stories about very real human predicaments: the listening cure at its best.”

Victoria Hislop, Author of “The Thread” “I couldn’t put this down – I read about other people, but learned about myself at the same time. Real stories can be so much more fascinating than fictional ones, especially with Stephen Grosz. No preaching, no clichés – just wisdom.”

Ruth Padel, Author of “52 Ways Of Looking at a Poem” “A beautifully judged, wonderfully readable book with an unusually clear and kind voice. There is a rare integrity in the writing: no showing off, just honest attention to each trusted relationship. I read the whole thing in one sitting, cover to cover.”

Sophie Hannah, Author of “Little Face” “This gripping book offers psychological solutions to some extremely complex human puzzles and is full of wisdom and insight.”

#IrelandEvents #DublinCityEvents #ThingstodoinDublin #DublinSeminars #DublinHealthSeminars #storytelling #dublin #psychoanalysis #icp #ifpp #grosz #anexamined_life #stephengrosz #aungierstreet #examinedlife


Psychoanalysis & Mental Health Seminar – October 2022

Psychoanalysis & Mental Health Seminar – October 2022

by The Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland Ltd (APPI)

 Date: Saturday 8th October 2022

Time: 10am – 12pm IST

Location: Online event

Cost: €22.20 – €43.55

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Florencia F. C. Shanahan aims at interrogating the various possible relations between psychoanalysis and mental health.

About This Event

In many countries around the world psychoanalysis has a long tradition of being included in the academic and clinical training of mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers) as well as in the design and delivery of mental health services for adults and children.

This workshop, led by Florencia F. C. Shanahan, aims at interrogating the various possible relations between psychoanalysis and mental health, both from a theoretical perspective and from the point of view of its actual practice in a diversity of settings. It will be based on the elaboration of clinical situations.

Drawing from her experience working in psychiatric hospitals in Argentina and Ireland, Florencia would like to propose a conversation where practitioners may question and debate the place and function of psychoanalysis today with regards to hegemonic models of understanding and approaching mental health, and explore the paradoxes inherent to working in the intersection of discourses.

Together with an invited panel who have been for many years involved in a variety of settings, emphasis will be placed on participation, discussion, and inclusion of a diversity of experiences, with the aim of advancing Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis taking as departing point the actual practice sustained currently and in concrete contexts in Ireland.

Who Is This Event For?

This event will be of interest to those working in mental health including psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.


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


Two CPD points are awarded for this event.


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

Mental Health Reform (MHR) Pre-Budget 2023 Submission

Mental Health Reform (MHR) virtually launched their Pre-Budget Submission (PBS) on 31/08/2022. You can find a copy of the Pre-Budget 2023 Submission here and a 2-page summary document here.

MHR’s pre-budget submission is informed by the insights and recommendations of their members, service users and their families, friends, and carers. This document makes the case for what services people need, what supports work, and how resources can be used to achieve better mental health outcomes for the people of Ireland.

Some ways you can support Mental Health Reform:

  • Share the social media graphics
  • Use the hashtag #CostOfWaiting and #Budget2023 and tag MHR if posting about the event.
  • Encourage the public to email their local TDs about mental health supports in Budget 2023 using MHR’s UpLift
  • Encourage the public to visit MHR’s dedicated Budget 2023 webpage.
  • Reshare the relevant content from MHR’s social media channels during the month.

Mental Health Reform social media handles are:

#CostOfWaiting #Budget2023 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthReform

Mental Health Reform recently published their pre-budget submission which calls on the Government to invest €100M in Ireland’s mental health services in #Budget2023.

As a member organisation, Irish Council for Psychotherapy is proud to support this. Learn more about the submission here:

What can you do to support? Email your local TDs to ask them to invest in our mental health this #Budget2023

#CostOfWaiting #Budget2023 #MentalHealth #MentalHealthReform


European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED) Conference September 2022 – Early Bird Offer

European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED) Conference September 2022 – Early Bird Offer

The biennial General Meeting and European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED) Conference will take place in Belfast from September 22nd – 24th 2022. The ECED is a group of academics, researchers, and clinicians whose main work is focused on eating disorders. Since its inception in 1989, ECED have met every two years in a different European city to debate topics of relevance and to present their most recent research efforts. This year, ECED are hosting the meeting and conference in Belfast. All the details are on the website and it would be relevant to ICP members if anyone wants to attend.

The early registration rate is available up until August 31st. This is a significant saving on the full ticket price (£75/€90) and includes all conference meals at our conference venue (Assembly Buildings) and admission to the gala evening dinner and entertainment on September 22nd in the Titanic Museum Ballroom. There will also be a daily rate if anyone wants to attend for a shorter time and they can simply email for details.

Conference Details

Opening lecture (Thursday evening, September 22nd at Titanic Museum) entitled: “The Voice of Lived Experience” will be given by Nikolett Bógar, a former successful model who has recovered from a severe eating disorder, and who is now a researcher attached to Semmelweis University Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.

Friday September 23rd: We will be holding a debate on two currently relevant and emotive topics in our field:

The psychopathology of the eating disorders means there is little place for those with a lived experience to be involved in the planning of their own treatment.’


‘Severe and enduring anorexia nervosa sufferers should be allowed to make an informed choice to end treatment and enter end-of-life care.’

There will be four workshop presentations to choose from:

The ROCKETLAUNCH project. Implementing key components of evidence-based family therapy for eating disorders in child and adolescent psychiatric outpatient care. Ulf Wallin, Sweden

How to reduce critical thoughts and voices in eating disorder patients. Greta Noordenbos, Netherlands

Perspectives from the development of a mentalization-based intensive outpatient service for adolescents with eating disorders. Lisa Mukherjee, Sara Schjølberg Marques, Aisling McGrath and Tom Jewell, England.

Anxiety, body, and motherhood: eating disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. Finn Skårderud & Bente Sommerfeldt, Norway

In addition, twenty-four research papers will be presented and discussed at the parallel paper sessions, along with a number of research posters.

On Saturday morning, September 24th there is a symposium being delivered by French colleagues on:

How Day Hospitalisation for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa are Organised: Three Different Approaches.

Flora Bat-Pitault, Doriane Costa, Corinne Blanchet, Nathalie Godart, France

Or a workshop to choose: Anxiety, body, and motherhood: eating disorders in pregnancy and postpartum, by Finn Skårderud & Bente Sommerfeldt, Norway

Followed by a debate on: ‘Severe and enduring anorexia nervosa sufferers should be allowed to make an informed choice to end treatment and enter end-of-life care.’