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Psychoanalysis Meets Virtual Reality

Psychoanalysis Meets Virtual Reality

Date: Friday, 23 June 2023

Time: 9am – 5pm BST

Location: The Institute Of Group Analysis, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY, United Kingdom

Cost: From £22.38

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A one-day event using a series of group activities to reflect on our individual & collective experience of virtual reality By The Association for Psychosocial Studies

Psychoanalysis Meets Virtual Reality

‘Psychoanalysis Meets Virtual Reality’, an upcoming theoretical-experiential event convened by Dr Noreen Giffney (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and Ulster University, Belfast), Prof Lynn Froggett (University of Central Lancashire and Chair of the Association for Psychosocial Studies), Prof Jill Bennett (Director of the Big Anxiety Research Centre and the felt Experience & Empathy Lab at the University of New South Wales, Sydney) and Dr Gail Kenning (The Big Anxiety Research Centre and the felt Experience & Empathy Lab at the University of New South Wales, Sydney).

The event will take place at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) in London on Friday 23 June at 9am-5pm. It is sponsored by the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS), the Big Anxiety Research Centre (BARC), the felt Experience & Empathy Lab (fEEL), Psychoanalysis +, the UCLan Psychosocial Research Unit, and the Institute of Group Analysis in London.

There is a significant amount of work happening at the interface between research on mental health and Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR). This work brings together artists, curators, clinical practitioners, patient advocates, academics, and activists. VR, AR, and MR make use of arts-based technologies to facilitate individuals having an immersive sensuous experience by means of wearing a headset. This event will include an individual VR experience, Perinatal Dreaming (fEEL 2023), which will be launched at the event. This will be followed by a number of small and large group activities to help us to reflect on, and talk about, our individual and collective encounters with Perinatal Dreaming. We will also have an opportunity to hear from Prof Jill Bennett and Dr Gail Kenning about their work, and discuss what VR, AR and MR might offer psychoanalysis and vice versa. We will consider the importance of VR, AR, and MR experiences within the context of arts and mental health projects more broadly. The emphasis will be on experience, reflection, and conversation throughout the day.

What kinds of feelings might be evoked and/or contained while engaging in VR, AR, and MR experiences? How might our engagement with VR, AR and MR experiences help us to become more aware of, and reflective about, the operation of introjection and projection? Might VR, AR and MR have a place in our clinics and/or as part of our clinical training programmes? What, in particular, might the Perinatal Dreaming VR experience contribute to our thinking about the long-term impact of early life experiences? How might our participation in group activities, underpinned by psychoanalytic thinking, help us to make meaning of our individual encounters with the Perinatal Dreaming VR experience? These questions will frame our event.


Contact Dr Noreen Giffney ( and Prof Lynn Froggett ( for further details about registration fees and how to register. Places are limited so early registration is advised. This is an in-person event only; it will not be possible to attend online. It will not be recorded.

For info: and

Event Page (APS Website)


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The image on the poster is a still from the Perinatal Dreaming VR experience, which was produced by felt Experience & Empathy Lab (fEEL).

The Ethics of Inisherin: Seminar on Ethics of Psychoanalysis w/Calum Neill

The Ethics of Inisherin: Seminar on Ethics of Psychoanalysis w/Calum Neill

Date: Saturday, 6th May 2023

Time: 10am – 1pm

Location: Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin A96 K063

Cost: From €43.87

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The Ethics Of Inisherin

In this talk, Calum Neill (Edinburgh) will explore Lacan’s four propositions on ethics from his seminar on the Ethics of Psychoanalysis and seek to illustrate his arguments through Martin McDonagh’s 2022 film The Banshees of Inisherin. This will allow us to examine the question and pertinence of guilt and desire in Lacan’s consideration of ethics, and the particular use he makes of the concept of the tragic. Contemplating the characters of Colm and Pádriac and their various choices, Calum hopes to bring some light to the inconclusive conclusion of the film and to Lacan’s seminar.

Respondent: Carol Owens (psychoanalyst, author, and co-organiser of the Irish psychoanalytic film festival) will respond to Calum’s talk and facilitate a discussion with Calum and attendees.

Attendance in person and by Zoom welcomeNOTE: Registration is open for this seminar and also the upcoming seminar on autism with Leon Brenner (May 20th, see below). A discount is offered if registering for both seminars. See the tickets page for registration.

Bio: Calum Neill is Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis & Cultural Theory at Edinburgh Napier University, Director of Lacan in Scotland, and Editor of the Palgrave Lacan Series. He is the author of three books, including the forthcoming Jacques Lacan the Basics, the first entry level introduction to Lacan’s ideas. His work on trying to render Lacan accessible is also demonstrated in the Reading Lacan’s Écrits four volume collection of which he is one of the editors. His other two monographs, Without Ground (2014) and Ethics and Psychology (2016), are concerned respectively with thinking through the ethical potential in Lacan’s thought and the ethical ramifications of psychological thought.

Information on Seminar on Autism w/ Leon Brenner (Berlin), Saturday, May 20th, 10am – 1pm. 

Autism and The Voice

Leon Brenner’sThe Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language” (2020) makes a compelling case for the relevance of Lacanian psychoanalysis in the understanding and treatment of autism. Counter to both the cognitive and identitarian approaches, Brenner rigorously theorizes autism as a unique subjective structure and mode of access to language that sits alongside the classical Freudian structures of psychosis, neurosis, and perversion.

In this talk, Leon will present us to his understanding of autism as a “mode-of-being”. We will examine the etiology of autism from a psycholinguistic standpoint, paying special attention to the autistic relationship with the voice. Lacan’s psychoanalytic teachings on the voice and its role in establishing enunciative position will be explored in depth and shed light on the phenomenon of autistic individuals demonstrating clear language proficiency but not engaging in its enunciation.

The presentation will cover a range of psychoanalytic, philosophical, and anthropological approaches to autism, with the aim of providing a comprehensive understanding of this complex mode-of-being. While prior reading is not required, the talk promises to provide an insightful and nuanced exploration of the topic.

BioLeon S. Brenner (Ph.D.) is a psychoanalytic theorist and psychological counsellor from Berlin. Brenner’s work draws from the Freudian and Lacanian traditions of psychoanalysis, and his interest lies in the understanding of the relationship between culture and psychopathology. His book The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language (2020), is a bestseller in psychology in Springer publishing in 2021. He is currently a research fellow at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin and the Hans Kilian und Lotte Köhler Centrum (KKC) at the Ruhr Universität Bochum.


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ICLO-NLS 11th Study-Day

ICLO-NLS 11th Study-Day

Date: Saturday, 29th April 2023

Start Time: 11am

End Time: TBC

Location: ORB G27 (CACSSS Seminar Room), O’Rahilly Building (ORB), College Road, Cork

Cost: €10 – €30

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Panic Point Body Anxiety Desire

The Annual Study Day of ICLO-NLS takes place in Cork for the first time, hosted at UCC, and aims at bringing together psychoanalysts and psychoanalysts in formation, scholars, artists, practitioners of various disciplines, to interrogate the concepts of anxiety, body, and desire from a plurality of perspectives, creating channels of conversation where we might lodge the panic points encountered in our diverse and rapidly changing registers of experience. The Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation (ICLO) is a Society of the New Lacanian School (NLS).

More information: Irish Circle Lacanian Orientation (ICLO)


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Book Seminar: Kevin Murphy on Asexuality & Freudian-Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Book Seminar: Kevin Murphy on Asexuality & Freudian-Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Date: Friday, 21st April 2023

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin A96 K063

Cost: €17.07

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Join us on Friday evening, April 21st to celebrate and explore Kevin Murphy’s recently published book, Asexuality and Freudian-Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Towards a Theory of an Enigma (2023). In this compelling and richly researched work, Kevin draws on the libido theory of Freud and Lacan to give an account of asexuality which is “the experience of having no sexual attraction to another person.” The book contributes new understandings to this aspect of sexuality, adding to the range and breadth of what is means to be a sexual being.

In the seminar, Kevin will read short extracts from the book. This will be followed by a conversation about the book’s themes and Q&A with the audience. Copies of Kevin’s book will be available for sale.

The seminar will be of interest to clinical practitioners, psychotherapists, and students of contemporary sexuality. All are welcome, attendance in person or by Zoom.

Bio: Kevin Murphy (PhD) is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist practicing in Dublin. He is a RegPract member of APPI and a member of ICP.

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Psychoanalysis and the Culture-Breast (3): Performance Art, Amanda Coogan

Psychoanalysis and the Culture-Breast: Noreen Giffney (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist) in Conversation with Amanda Coogan (Performance Artist)


Date: Saturday 25 March 2023

Time: 12pm – 2pm

Venue: Online & hosted by The Freud Museum, London

Cost: £15 – £20

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What happens to us emotionally and unconsciously when we listen to a song, watch a film, encounter an art object, or read a novel? How might the way we engage with cultural experiences relate back to our earliest encounters with the breast or bottle as infants? How might our encounters with cultural objects be understood as a feeding experience that provides us with sustenance? What might our making of, encounters with, and uses of cultural objects tell us about ourselves? How might psychoanalysis help us to reflect on these experiences? This event will invite attendees to enter into a shared experience with particular cultural objects, to facilitate individuals in the group thinking about their unique encounter with each object, but also to reflect on our experience with cultural objects in our lives more generally.


This online event hosted by the Freud Museum, London will feature a conversation between Dr Noreen Giffney (psychoanalytic psychotherapist, author of ‘The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis: Cultural Experiences and the Clinic’ and lecturer at Ulster University, Belfast) and Dr Amanda Coogan (performance artist, Belfast).


Attendees will be invited to enter into a shared experience with Amanda’s art performances and to reflect on our experience with cultural objects (art, film, literature, music) in our lives more generally.



Places are limited so early registration is advised. This event is organised around the idea of a shared experience and conversation, so attendance is necessary. A recording of the event will not be available to registrants.


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Dr Amanda Coogan is an internationally recognised and critically acclaimed artist working across the medias of live art, performance, photography, and video. Her expertise lies in her ability to condense an idea to its very essence and communicate it through her body. Using gesture and context she makes allegorical and poetic works that challenge expected contexts. Her works encompass a multitude of media: Objects, text, moving and still image but all circulate around her live performances. The long durational aspect of her presentations invites elements of chaos with the unknown and unpredicted erupting dynamically through her live artworks. Her work often begins with her own body and challenges the expectations of the contexts. Her work moves freely between solo presented live performances, group performances and living installation.


Dr Noreen Giffney is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a psychosocial theorist. She is the author of the book, The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis: Cultural Experiences and the Clinic (Routledge 2021), and the author and/or editor of several additional articles, books and book chapters on psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, and gender and sexuality studies. She is the Director of ‘Psychoanalysis +’, an international, interdisciplinary initiative that brings together clinical, academic, and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis. She lives in county Donegal and lectures on psychoanalysis and psychosocial studies at Ulster University, Belfast. This is her third year taking singing lessons and she has been enjoying the challenge of learning how to make sounds.


This event is co-sponsored by the Freud Museum in London, ‘Psychoanalysis +’, the Student Counselling Service at Atlantic Technological University Donegal, and the Centre for Communication, Media and Cultural Studies at Ulster University.

Seminar: Rob Weatherill and “Lacan in the End Times”

Seminar: Rob Weatherill and “Lacan in the End Times”

By Freud Lacan institute (Fli)

This seminar explores, with Rob, his recent book’s themes of fatherhood and their role in modern society and the decline of mental health.

Rob Weatherill and “Lacan in the End Times”

Date: Friday 31/03/2023

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: Mariner Room, Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin A96 K063 and by Zoom

Cost: €17.07

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This seminar takes place in-person. Those who cannot attend in person are welcome to register and attend by Zoom, and will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the event.

Join us on Friday March 31st for an exploration of Rob’s most recent book Lacan and the End Times. In the Name of the Absent Father. A native of Dublin and a practicing and supervisory psychoanalyst, Rob for over four decades has been an active member of the emergent and contemporary psychoanalytic community in Ireland. This seminar is an opportunity to recognise Rob’s work and consider his most recent book which draws from psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology, and cultural and critical theory to consider some of the most serious and consequential issues of our time. The book explores themes of the father and connections to modern society and mental health. Rob’s deep concerns about the state of our world are inspiring, stimulating, and provocative.

In the seminar, Rob will introduce the book and read several extracts. This will be followed by a conversation about the book’s themes and Q&A with the audience. Copies of Rob’s book will be available for sale.

Bio: Rob Weatherill is a practicing and supervisory analyst in Dublin, a member of IFPP and ICP and a founder member of APPI. He has a Master’s degree in psychotherapy from St. Vincent’s University Hospital as well as the European Certificate in Psychotherapy. He taught psychoanalysis in UCD, TCD, and the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology and currently convenes two supervision groups that meet fortnightly. Rob has written many papers and articles exploring the interface between psychoanalysis and culture published in Ireland and abroad, has been cited 600 times. He has written six internationally published books and edited one other including most recently The Anti-Oedipus Complex, Lacan, Critical Theory and Postmodernism (Routledge, 2017) and Lacan and the End Times. In the Name of the Absent Father(Routledge, 2023). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Lacunae (Ireland) and Sitegeist London.

Spring-Summer Seminar Dates For Your Diary*

  • Friday March 31, 6-8 pm. Rob Weatherill (Dublin) and “Lacan in the End Times”
  • Friday April 21, 6-8 pm. Kevin Murphy (Dublin) and his recent book on “Asexuality”
  • Saturday May 6, 10-1. Calum Neill (Edinburgh) and “The Ethics of Psychoanalysis”
  • Saturday May 20, 10-1. Leon Brenner (Berlin) and “Autism and the Voice”

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Calling From A Distant Room, A Seminar With Anne Alzarez

Calling From A Distant Room, A Seminar With Anne Alzarez

Date: Saturday, 15th April 2023

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Online

Cost: €15 – €40

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The Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) is delighted to welcome Anne Alvarez to present a seminar on working with clients from a neurodiverse background.


The paper begins with a mention of recent very helpful psychoanalytic publications on the subject of Aspergers Syndrome, then discusses the question of accurate description and the even more difficult one of possible aetiology. It goes on to discuss the issue of possible overlap with personality disorder: Work with a difficult and cold but also eventually loving adolescent girl is described. It shows how an analyst found a way of cracking the code with a confused and puzzling neurodiverse young man.

Anne Alvarez

Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (and retired Co-Convener of the Autism Service, Child and Family Dep’t. Tavistock Clinic, London, where she still teaches.). She is author of Live Company: Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children. and has edited with Susan Reid, Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop. A book in her honour, edited by Judith Edwards, entitled Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez was published in 2002. She was Visiting Professor at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Society in November 2005 and is an Honorary Member of the Psychoanalytic Centre of California. Her latest book, The Thinking Heart: Three Levels of Psychoanalytic Therapy with Disturbed Children was published in April 2012 by Routledge.


Saturday, 15th April 2023

Presentation of seminar by Anne Alvarez 10am – 11am

Discussion / Q & A 11am – 12 noon

Ticket Prices

Early Bird Ticket (until 31/03/2023) €30

Full Price Ticket €40

Student Early Bird Ticket (until 31/03/2023) €15

Student Full Price €20

A recording will be available for ticket holders for 30 days after the event ends.

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Race for Mental Health: Cultural Humility Training (Two-Day Training Workshop) (EDI)

Race for Mental Health: Cultural Humility Training

Presented by The School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, DCU.

Date: March 31st – April 1st, 2023

Time: 9:30am – 5pm

Location: DCU – School of Nursing & Human Sciences, 620 Collins Avenue Extension, Whitehall, Dublin 9, D09 X984, Ireland

Cost: €90 – €200


This is a two-day event to take place on Friday March 31st and Saturday April 1st 9.30am to 5pm the aim of which is to promote considerations around race within mental health practices in Ireland, but most especially with relevance and reference to how key organisational bodies and institutions could be included in such conversations exploring race and mental health.

Irish Council for Psychotherapy Response to RTÉ Investigates

Irish Council for Psychotherapy Response to RTÉ Investigates: Ireland’s Unregulated Psychologists

The Board of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) recognise the need for the profession of Psychotherapy to be a regulated profession under the auspices of CORU.

The process of regulating Psychotherapy has begun with the establishment of the Counselling and Psychotherapists Registration Board in 2019. ICP are committed to support CORU in their work to aid the opening of a register for Psychotherapy as soon as possible.

In the interim the public need to be able to access high quality care and support. ICP operates a national register of psychotherapists at and is the only Irish body that can accredit therapists to the European gold standard approved by the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP). We rely on international standards of excellence as we work toward a state regulation of the profession in Ireland.

6th March 2023


Stay In The Game (Seminar) (21 April 2023)

Stay In The Game: Mental Skills for Sport and the Workplace (Seminar)

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Ireland (CBTI) are delighted to announce their next event. Stay In The Game is a unique seminar focusing on the challenges we might encounter across sport and the workplace, and how we can overcome these obstacles by developing mental toughness and resilience. CBTI are delighted to be joined by guest speakers Dr Stuart Beattie, Nadia Portelli, and Nuala Moore for this very special event.

Date: Friday 21st April 2023

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Spencer Hotel, Excise Walk, International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), Dublin 1, D01 X4C9

Cost: €195 – €235


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For caregiving professionals, high-performance athletes, and everyone in-between – it has never been harder to combat occupational turnover intentions, burnout, fatigue, frustration, and cynicism in the aftermath of an overworked COVID-19 world. This seminar will suggest how we can overcome these obstacles by examining the psychological resilience skills possessed by ultra-athletes, and how we can translate these highly beneficial skills into our own professions, sporting endeavours, and everyday lives.

Extreme endurance sports carry a significant physical and mental toll which can have profound transformational capabilities. Ultra-athletes possess a high-level of resilience and mental fortitude to succeed within their respective competitions – key skills which are applicable to everyday life. Extreme endurance sports are described as ‘meaningful’ and ‘life-enhancing’ (Immonen et al.) with the potential to be used as therapeutic interventions to address everyday psychological issues.

This unique seminar focuses on the challenges we might encounter across sport and the workplace, and how they often result in cognitive depletion and catastrophe. Our accomplished speakers will suggest how individuals can utilise mental hardiness skills to develop mental toughness and overcome these obstacles.

Topics include aspects of personality; psychological skills; cognition; emotional and behavioural regulation; leadership and the training environment; mental toughness; mental strength and behaviour in training and competition; maximising tolerance of diversity and unpredictability; and motivation.


Tickets for this event are limited, and early booking is highly advised. Members of CBPI are eligible for discounted registration fees. You can sign-up for the event by clicking here. The pricing options are as follows:

Ticket Category CBPI Member (Per ticket)

Early bird rate                 €195     

Regular rate                     €195     

Group rate (4+ tickets)    €195     

General Public (Per ticket)

Early bird rate                 €220

Regular rate                     €235

Group rate (4+ tickets)    €220

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