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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.’



Date: 3rd September 2022

Time: 2pm – 4pm

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

Cost: €16.87 – €32.88

Tickets via Eventbrite

The Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland Ltd (APPI) would like to invite our members and friends to our inaugural meeting of Café Lacan.

About This Event

The idea behind this venture is to provide a convivial meeting space for newcomers and veterans to explore emerging ideas and topics relevant to the clinic; to build on the existing Freudian Lacanian community and to reinvigorate this community post-Covid.

We aim to provide a relaxed setting with a small number in attendance to allow for debate and dialogue.

We are delighted that Helena Texier has accepted our invitation as our first speaker.


“A few words from Helena about this event”

I hope you’ll be able to join us for this first APPI Café Lacan, a chance to meet in person to informally discuss issues relating to psychoanalysis in the 21st century, and how we are affected as practitioners in a changing world.

I have been invited to get the ball rolling and propose that we together discuss whether psychoanalysis ought to provide evidence of efficacy. If so, how? Ought we be interested in research findings relating to mental events? If not, why not? Could we consider a material reality to be the necessary f(r)iction, checking the march of our theoretical constructs?

By way of setting the gears in motion a copy of a very recent publication from the International Forum of Psychoanalysis, (Stefana, et al 2022) will be explored:

Where is Psychoanalysis today? Sixty-two psychoanalysts share their subjective perspectives on the state of the art of psychoanalysis: A qualitative thematic analysis

It might serve us well as a point of departure for future discussions. Many thanks to Alberto Stefana, the lead author on this research paper, for kindly giving permission to share it with the APPI community.

A copy of the paper will be sent to those who book.

Bio: Helena Texier is a psychoanalytic practitioner working in Dublin, and currently conducting pragmatic action research on psychoanalytic practitioners’ perspectives on science and research.

Confidentiality: This is a clinical event in which clinical material may 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.

CPD: Two CPD points are awarded for this event.

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

This is an in-person event, places are limited

Light refreshments will be provided after the meeting

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Training College Scoping Project (IAHIP)

Training College Scoping Project (IAHIP)

Tender Type: Temporary Position / Contract

Full Time – Temporary (3 Months)

IAHIP are recruiting for a suitably qualified person to work on a Training College Scoping Project. This can be a company employed position or contract. You can direct anyone you think might be suitable to IAHIP Careers.

IAHIP is offering a short-term contract, up to 3 months, to a suitably qualified individual or organisation to undertake a comprehensive scoping exercise of all the psychotherapy training colleges / courses in Ireland. The exercise would have two distinct groups for which separate reports would be required. The first group would be those training colleges / courses who currently are recognised by IAHIP, for which separate terms of reference will be provided. The second group would be those training colleges whose courses are not recognised by IAHIP.

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Exploring and Owning Your Power and Authority (Workshop September 2022)

Exploring and Owning Your Power and Authority (Workshop September 2022)

Date: Friday & Saturday & Sunday 23rd & 24th & 25th September 2022

Time: 10am – 5pm (finish at 3:30pm on the Sunday)

Location: The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin K36 XT65

Cost: €580 (a deposit of €250 will be necessary to reserve your place on the workshop)

Workshop Facilitators: Dr. Evelyn P. Gilmore and Mr. Mike O’Halloran


The workshop provides an opportunity for coaches, consultants, psychologists, psychotherapist, educators, managers, leaders, health care and allied professionals, to enhance their awareness of their own power and authority.  In addition, as participants gain greater awareness of these aspects of themselves, they will gain greater insight as to how to help their clients explore and own their own power and authority. Many individuals do not fully own their own powerfulness and project it onto others: friends, partners, siblings, colleagues; or onto organisations, and experience themselves as relatively powerless in interpersonal or organisational life.  In addition, individuals who may be formally qualified as professionals, or who may be formally appointed to roles with authority, experience difficulty exercising their authority, due to internal feelings of powerlessness.

The ‘internal world’ of the person is fundamental to how he or she experiences and uses power and authority.  This, in turn, is largely a function of the person’s relationships with past authority figures such as parents and teachers.  Self-doubt can lead to the person never being able to fully experience his or her powerfulness, whilst it’s opposite, an inflated self-image, can lead to authoritarianism. When individuals explore their relationship with power and authority, they can experience much greater aliveness and energy, an expanded sense of personality, and greater choice in life.

During this three-day experiential workshop, participants will be provided with an opportunity to explore the following:

  • Exploring and Owning Your Power and Authority
  • Past experiences and Internalised Images that You Hold
  • Enhancing Your Own Sense of Internal Power
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Power
  • Enhancing Awareness of Beliefs and Feelings about Power
  • Doubting yourself and it’s impact on Powerfulness
  • Gaining greater awareness of how you Project Power onto Others
  • Working with the Body
  • Exploring the Power of Powerlessness
  • Exploring the Fear of our Power
  • Gaining greater aliveness, excitement and being afforded greater choice in life

Style of the Workshop

The learning over the three days is highly experiential with a focus on participant’s process and experience. We will draw on Psychodynamic thinking. We will use Gestalt work, attention to Dreams, and small and large Group Process. The work will include Movement, Drawing, and Guided Visualisation to bring into the present aspects of the participant’s relationship to Power that are normally outside awareness.

Main Facilitator:  Dr. Evelyn P. Gilmore, B.A., M.Sc., Prof. D., C. Psychol. Ps.S.I., M.I.A.H.I.P., F.I.I.T.D., M.A.C.

Evelyn is a consultant work & organisational psychologist, an accredited psychotherapist, a business and executive coach, a coach trainer and a supervisor of coaches and organisational consultants.  She has an honours degree in psychology from National University of Ireland, Galway, and a first-class honour master’s in work and organisational psychology from Dublin City University. She has received a Tavistock Qualification in Consulting from the Tavistock in London and has completed a Professional Doctorate in Organisational Consultancy with the Tavistock.  Evelyn has worked at a senior level with world class organisations, and her current clients include individuals, groups, and organisations from both the public, private and voluntary sector.  She has facilitated trainings for professionals on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence and Organisational Consultancy. In addition, Evelyn has previously facilitated workshops for professionals with Mike on “Owning & Exploring your Own Power & Authority” and “Exploring and Owning the Shadow”.

Mike O’Halloran, M.A., B.A., E.C.P., M.I.A.H.A.P., M.A.C.

Mike is a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Trainer.  He has a master’s degree in counselling & Psychotherapy from Durham University in the U.K., and he did trainings in Metanoia in Gestalt Psychotherapy.  He has been involved in the training of psychotherapists, coaches, leaders, and managers for nearly three decades.  Some of his trainings and workshops include “Gestalt Psychotherapy Intensive” and “Existentialist Psychotherapy Intensive.”  Mike has previously facilitated workshops with Evelyn on “Exploring and owning Your Own Power & Authority”, and “Exploring and Owning the Shadow”.

Workshop Details/Reservation Details

Most of the workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Evelyn P. Gilmore with the balance being facilitated by Mike O’Halloran.  The workshop will be held in The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin, from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and will finish at 3:30pm on the Sunday. The cost of the workshop is €580.  If you would like to reserve a place, please e-mail stating your name, job title, and telephone number.  Mike will forward you bank account details, and a deposit of €250 will be necessary to reserve your place on the workshop.

What is family therapy – and could you benefit from it?

As Jessica Alba talks about her experiences with family therapy, Prudence Wade finds out more about it. Updated / Sunday, 24 Jul 2022 06:01

As Jessica Alba talks about her experiences with family therapy, Prudence Wade finds out more about it.

Jessica Alba has opened up about going to therapy with her daughters, Honor, 14, and Haven, 10.

The 41-year-old told Glamour that around puberty, “They started to sort of shut down and get really like, ‘I don’t want to talk any more.’ And I’m like, ‘We’re not doing this. We’ve got to keep a line of communication here. How can I be a better parent to you? How do you want me to talk to you? Don’t shut me out.’”

Alba, who also has a 4-year-old son, Hayes, with husband Cash Warren, only has good things to say about the experience of family therapy. “First of all, this person [the therapist] has studied human behaviour and they’re good at it. And they have no relation to you so they can be really objective and you create a safe space for your kid to really candidly tell you what’s not working about your parenting,” the actor told the magazine.

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“I was like, ‘Look, I’m not perfect. I’m not going to know all the answers, but I want to be a great parent to you. And what you like and don’t is different from what your sister likes and doesn’t like. And I’m going to make mistakes. Here’s a safe space, you can’t get in trouble – let me know what I’m doing wrong, or what you would like me to do differently.”

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Study Day – Hysteria in the 21st Century – 10 September 2022

Hysteria in the 21st Century by Milltown Lacanian Association

Date: Saturday September 10th, 2022

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Avila Carmelite Centre (Discalced Carmelites), Morehampton Road, Dublin 4 D04 YF66

Cost: €40 – €60

Tickets: Eventbrite

Study Day and Book Launch of Dr Charles Melman’s seminal work ‘Studies on Hysteria Revisited’ translated by Helen Sheehan.

About This Event

Hysteria in the 21st Century

“Where have all the flowers gone”? asked Peter, Paul, and Mary in 1960’s America.

Today, we may well ask: where have all the hysterics gone?

Since Antiquity, efforts have been made to put an end to their blooming but ever reborn, ever renewed hysteria continues to disturb and to question us and in like manner we continue to resist as Lacan emphasizes by not wanting to know anything about it. It’s suppression from the D.S.M. is the latest line of defence against this entity which implicates each and every one of us. Suppression as the D.S.M. testifies ensures that it makes its appearance elsewhere, in many unexpected places, under different guises.

This Study Day will serve, not as “roman à clef designed for our delectation” (Freud, 1905) but will urge us to consider “that long time passing” into what we now call the 21st Century.

We may engage in the refrain begun by this gentle song of protest in stereotypical “hysterical” fashion – “when will they (we) ever learn”? which has been systematically explored by Dr Melman in his book Studies on Hysteria Revised.

But let us be aware as Dr Melman makes clear, “the ethics of psychoanalysis is not of the order of a recipe, of a remedy”. Helen Sheehan

Contributors on the Day:

  • Dr Charles Melman
  • Helen Sheehan
  • Dr Gerard Amiel
  • Glenn Brady
  • Tom Dalzell
  • Omar Guerrrero
  • Malachi McCoy
  • Stephanie Metcalfe

Charles Melman – Studies on Hysteria Revisited – Routledge

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ICLO Society of the NLS 2 Events Friday 10th June & Saturday 11th June

ICLO Society of the NLS 2 Events Friday 10th June & Saturday 11th June

Fixation: A Bone in Psychoanalysis with Rik Loose & Alan Rowan

Date: Friday 10th June 2022

Time: 7pm IST

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

Cost: €27.55

Tickets via Eventbrite

ICLO-NLS Repetition: From Freud to Lacan with Alan Rowan

Date: Saturday 11th June 2022

Time: 11am IST

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

Cost: €27.55

Tickets via Eventbrite

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The Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation (ICLO-NLS) are holding 2 events this coming week on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June conducted by Rik Loose and Alan Rowan.  These events are local, and participation is possible in-person only.

Rik Loose has extensive experience of teaching and transmitting psychoanalysis in colleges and universities in Ireland.  Working clinically in private practice and as supervisor, Rik continues to deliver teaching seminars and lectures both in Ireland and internationally. Rik is a Registered Practitioner Member (APPI), ICLO-NLS, New Lacanian School (NLS), World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP).

Alan Rowan is a psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and systemic psychotherapist.  He has many years of clinical experience working in various mental health institutions and hospitals both in Ireland and the UK.  Currently in private practice and supervisor in Berlin, Alan is a Registered Practitioner Member (APPI), ICLO-NLS, New Lacanian School (NLS), World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP).

Not only will these events interrogate one of the most fundamental concepts in psychoanalysis, but they will draw a thread between the concepts of fixation and repetition, as introduced by Freud and further elaborated by Lacan.  How do we separate these two concepts to define the point of origin of the symptom; how do we hear the repetition of signifiers of those who come to speak to us and distinguish it from that which has become fixed as a permanent disorder in the symptom?

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On Friday 10th “Fixation: A Bone in Psychoanalysis” conducted by Rik Loose and Alan Rowan.

In this seminar, Rik Loose and Alan Rowan will consider aspects of Freud’s notion of fixation within the development of Lacan’s work and in doing so explore a trajectory from the dialectisability of fictions and their inertias to the One that is not reducible to the Other and its opaqueness-to-meaning of jouissance. In doing so they will furthermore introduce aspects of repetition – which Lacan promoted to a fundamental concept – and which will subsequently form the focus of Saturday’s seminar.

On Saturday 11th “Repetition: From Freud to Lacan” conducted by Alan Rowan

What do we understand by repetition in contemporary discourse, in the clinic?  Freud gave this concept great importance – “Remembering, Repeating and Working Through,” is a text devoted to it.  Here, repetition is linked to transference and constitutes a resistance, even an aggravation of symptoms in the treatment although the drive remains implicit.  “Beyond the Pleasure Principle,” introduces the death drive as the fundamental repetition compulsion of trauma, but repetition remains essentially symbolically constituted. The turning point of Lacan’s Seminar XI, couples’ repetition with the drive and introduces us to a newly defined concept of repetition, one which he will continue to elaborate throughout his later teachings.

This seminar will focus on Freud’s use of repetition both prior to and after his introduction of the concept “the compulsion to repeat.” It will further explore Lacan’s reworking of repetition focusing in particular on Seminar XI and on how symptom and fantasy are necessarily implicated in any consideration of repetition at either a clinical or theoretical level.

Sexual Violence Specialisation Course Starting September 2022

Sexual Violence Specialisation Course Starting September 2022

A one-year Sexual Violence Training Specialisation c/o Rape Crisis Midwest is starting in September 2022, one weekend per month.

This is a nine-module training aimed at all counsellors/psychotherapists that have completed their Undergraduate or Masters training by next September and who are fully accredited or working towards accreditation.

The training comprises of nine modules aimed at giving the participants the knowledge and skills needed to competently understand and work with Sexual Violence.

Fee –  fee for the course is  €1500, which can be paid in instalments.  A non-refundable deposit of €300 is payable on acceptance of application

Course Training Dates – September 17th & 18th, October 15th &16th, November 12th & 13th, December 3rd and 4th, January (2023) 15th & 16th, February 11th & 12th , March 4th & 5th, April 1st and 2nd, April 29th & 30th

Closing Date – 30th June 2022

Interviews – June/July 2022 (Successful applicants will be informed by the end of July 2022)

For any informal enquiries or questions about course content, please email Dr. Michelle Walsh

Rape Crisis Midwest Sexual Violence Training Specialisation  

An Exploration of Sexual Harassment Among Irish Adolescents: Experience and Understanding (2020)