An interdisciplinary initiative that brings together clinical, theoretical and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis
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Introduction to Psychoanalysis
Listen to my talk ‘The Freud Affect’ which gives an introduction to psychoanalysis.
Psychoanalysis + is an international, interdisciplinary initiative founded, developed and directed by Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and cultural theorist Dr Noreen Giffney. It foregrounds psychoanalysis as a clinical practice and a theoretical tool for tracing the unconscious dynamics underpinning occurrences in cultural, societal and political contexts. It also takes psychoanalysis itself as an object to be wondered about and questioned. It has a commitment to psychosocial and psychocultural work, and seeks to serve a bridging function between the clinic, the academic institution, and the arts and cultural sphere. Psychoanalysis + brings together individuals interested in clinical, theoretical and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis.
Psychoanalysis + points to the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of projects, publications and events forming part of the initiative. Psychoanalysis exists in an interdependent and mutually enriching relationship with the cultures and societies within which we as clinical and theoretical practitioners find ourselves. The ‘+’ in the title gestures towards the fact that psychoanalysis is always more than itself. In other words, psychoanalytic practitioners have always drawn on and incorporated insights from other clinical and non-clinical fields into our work, for example, literature, psychiatry, music, neuroscience, art, psychology, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, nursing, classics, social work, film, theatre and so on. Psychoanalysis is thus always, can only be, interdisciplinary. The space between ‘psychoanalysis’ and ‘+’ also recognises the gap needed for productive things to happen which cannot be known in advance. The ‘+’ also symbolises an openness to new possibilities and collaborations. My aim is to create a space where clinicians, artists and curators, academics and anyone interested in psychoanalysis can come together to have an experience together and to talk and reflect on that experience. Click HERE to read about the development of the Psychoanalysis + initiative.
Invitation to Collaborate
I am interested in forming interdisciplinary collaborations (clinical, theoretical, artistic), especially collaborations that focus on bringing psychoanalysis into creative and productive dialogue with other disciplines and creative practices around psychosocial and psychocultural issues. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis: Cultural Experiences and the Clinic (Routledge 2021)
Description: We are fed at the breast of culture, not wholly but to differing degrees. The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis: Cultural Experiences and the Clinic focuses on the formative influence of cultural objects in our lives, and the contribution such experiences make to our mental health and overall wellbeing.
The book introduces “the culture-breast”, a new clinical concept, to explore the central importance played by cultural objects in the psychical lives of patients and psychoanalytic clinical practitioners inside and outside the consulting room. Bringing together clinical writings from psychoanalysis and cultural objects from the applied fields of film, art, literature and music, the book also makes an argument for the usefulness of encounters with cultural objects as “non-clinical case studies” in the training and further professional development of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. Through its engagement with psychosocial studies, this text, furthermore, interrogates, challenges and offers a way through a hierarchical split that has become established in psychoanalysis between “clinical psychoanalysis” and “applied psychoanalysis”.
Combining approaches used in clinical, academic and arts settings, The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis is an essential resource for clinical practitioners of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counselling, psychology and psychiatry. It will also be of interest to researchers and practitioners in the fields of psychosocial studies, sociology, social work, cultural studies and the creative and performing arts.
Table of Contents: Series Editors’ Preface; Foreword by R.D. Hinshelwood; Preface: At the breast of culture; Chapter 1. Thinking clinically with the psychosocial; Chapter 2. Encounters with cultural objects as case study; Chapter 3. The culture-breast; Afterword: Experience and the no-breast.
Advance Praise: “A subtle, imaginative and brilliant work; The Culture-Breast in Psychoanalysis proposes an entirely new way of understanding the relationship between psychoanalysis and culture. It proposes that cultural experiences available through film, literature, music and the visual and performing arts can offer a frame, a space, and an encounter with an object, much like the ‘breast’ in early infantile life, so that we can, in a psychoanalytic sense, ‘learn from experience’. Arguing that cultural objects can provide forms of holding and containment of unbearable thoughts and feelings, allowing for the rawness of experience to be given meaning, Noreen Giffney’s profound insight helps us understand not just the transformational nature of these encounters but offers us the experience of reading the book itself as its most stunning case study. She argues with great poignancy, that we all feed at the culture-breast, and that understanding the way we psychically use cultural objects, whether as screen memories, as psychic retreats, or as containers, has the potential to open up new insights into the workings of our inner lives. This book will become a vital point of reference for those interested in psychosocial thinking; the creative and potentially transformational area of encounter between the clinic, psychoanalytic theory, politics, arts and culture”. – Lisa Baraitser, Professor of Psychosocial Theory, Birkbeck, University of London, and Psychoanalyst, M. Inst. Psychoanalysis
“It is an experiment in reaching between the heights of conceptualisations, on one hand, and the depths of personal experience on the other. It is this ‘reaching-between’ that we need to accomplish in a much more everyday way, as these reflections portray. We must be as well as have our experiences”. – From the Foreword by R.D. Hinshelwood, Psychoanalyst, and Professor Emeritus, University of Essex
Film: In Session Course (Psychoanalysis & Film): 2013-2014
Description: This continuing professional development course provides a space in which to indulge our love of cinema in the context of psychoanalytic theory. For five months we will meet together to share the experience of watching a film before engaging in an informal discussion loosely focused around particular themes relevant to psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice: sex, protest, nourishment, pain and envy. This group is open to anyone with an interest in psychoanalysis and film. It will be of particular interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors, in addition to academics and postgraduate students who work on psychoanalytic theory and/or cultural studies. No previous knowledge of psychoanalytic theory or film studies is required.
Screening Licence: A screening licence was obtained from the Motion Picture Licencing Corporation (MPLC).
Melancholia Symposium: Friday 7-Saturday 8 November 2014
Conducting Psychoanalytic Research for Publication Workshop: Saturday 21 February 2015
Funded by the Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, and co-sponsored by the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP) and the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP).
Articles: Articles on the usefulness of the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion’s work for psychotherapists, written by Dr Noreen Giffney, appeared in the clinical journals, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Routledge) in 2013, The American Journal of Psychoanalysis (Palgrave Macmillan) in 2013, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality (Routledge) in 2016. Copies available from email@example.com
The Clinical Usefulness of Wilfred Bion’s Writings for Psychotherapists Workshop: Tuesday 12 May 2015
Venue: 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Description: This clinical workshop was organised in collaboration with the MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and the MSc in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and for trainee psychodynamic psychotherapists at Birkbeck, University of London. The workshop was divided into two sessions: In Session 1: Theoretical Application, I provided an introduction to the importance of the experience of reading Wilfred Bion’s work for becoming more aware of our countertransference during the session, including its usefulness for thinking about how, when and why we make interpretations to patients. I explored how it is through a visceral, uncomfortable engagement with our reactions to the difficulty of reading his writings that clinical practitioners will develop and enlarge our capacity for containment. Session 2: Clinical Application used the film Shame as a case study. The session began with five short, clinical responses to the film from practising psychotherapists, before opening up the discussion more broadly to participants in the workshop. The focus was on how we might use Bion’s work to help us to think about the male and female protagonists in the film, as well as our own thoughts and feelings while watching it.
Convener: Dr Noreen Giffney, in collaboration with the MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and the MSc in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at Birkbeck, University of London.
Speakers included: Dr Noreen Giffney, Viviane Green, Louise Phillips, David Richards, Dr Laurence Spurling, Nina Tebartz.
Articles: Articles on the film Shame, written by Dr Noreen Giffney, Dr Olga Cox Cameron, Joanna Fortune, Professor Judy Gammelgaard and Dr Adam Blum, appeared in the psychoanalytic clinical/theoretical journal, Studies in Gender and Sexuality 16.2 (Routledge) in 2015. Copies available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Affect and Melanie Klein Seminar: Saturday 19 September 2015
Venue: Affect: Memory, Aesthetics and Ethics Conference, Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Canada
Description: This seminar focused on psychoanalysis and affect. It provided and introduction to Kleinian psychoanalysis and an opportunity to discuss two key clinical concepts in the writings of the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein: the paranoid-schizoid position (p-s) and the depressive position (d), and how affect functions within and between them. These are terms used by Klein to describe unconscious psychical states characterised by persecutory (p-s) and depressive (d) anxieties, and the defence mechanisms employed by the mind to protect against becoming overwhelmed by anxiety. The paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions refer to dynamic states of mind, and are concepts used by psychoanalysts to facilitate a space for thinking about how a person might be experiencing the analyst and more generally the world around them at specific moments in time.
Speaker: Dr Noreen Giffney
Convener: Dr Noreen Giffney, in collaboration with Affect: Memory, Aesthetics and Ethics Conference.
Cinematic Encounters with Violent Trauma and Its Aftermath Symposium: A Public Screening and Discussion of The Act of Killing (2012): Saturday 20 February 2016
Venue: Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery Dublin, The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland (This event was organised in association with Science Gallery Dublin’s TRAUMA exhibition)
Description: Mass violence. Genocide. Pogrom. Human rights abuses. Ethnic cleansing. Holocaust. State-sanctioned terror. These are all terms we associate with acute trauma, and are devastating for the communities who live through them and in their aftermath. We hear reports of mass violence from a multitude of geographical locations with depressing frequency. There are countless stories of people being killed, tortured, raped, beaten and imprisoned in state-sanctioned acts of violence. We see photographs and videos, with increasing regularity, of thousands of people fleeing for their lives to escape from regimes that have made it impossible for them to live safely in their own lands. Perpetrators are labelled monstrous, evil, mad, psychopathic, in an effort to explain why such horrendous acts have occurred. Keeping in mind the theme of Science Gallery Dublin’s current exhibition, this symposium takes as its subject, violent TRAUMA and its aftermath, its cinematic representations, and the emotional response of viewers when watching such representations. This symposium begins with a screening of The Act of Killing (2012), followed by short responses by professionals working in clinical, creative arts, and academic fields of expertise. Speakers’ responses will be grouped under three headings: (1) The Unconscious Dynamics of Trauma, (2) Living in the Aftermath of Trauma, and (3) The Aesthetics of Representing Trauma. Each respondent will have five minutes in which to make one of two brief points to facilitate us beginning to think about the multi-dimensional aspects and impact of this film. There will be ample time for audience participation during the discussion period. This symposium hinges on three main questions, though we expect that many more will emerge for us throughout the day: (1) What long-term psychological impact does mass violence have on its victims? (2) How does an engagement with victims and perpetrators of mass violence affect those who are involved in such work? (3) How might we reflect on our experience of watching films documenting unsettling, sinister, and upsetting experiences? Warning: Admittance is strictly for persons aged 18 years and older because of The Act of Killing’s disturbing content. The film contains scenes of, and references to, extreme violence, which viewers might find upsetting. People who have experienced acute trauma may need to reflect on whether to attend this event, given the subject matter of the film. Viewers who have been affected by sexual, physical, emotional or psychological acts of abuse will find a list of support services in the event brochure.
Speakers included: Dr Olga Cox-Cameron, Mary Fakher-Eldin, Joanna Fortune, Dr Noreen Giffney, Janet Healy, Dr Tina Kinsella, Jacinta Lynch, Ann Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Gavin Wilkinson.
Organiser: Dr Noreen Giffney, in association with the IFPP’s Trauma Working Group, the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) and Science Gallery Dublin.
Sponsored by the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) and Science Gallery Dublin.
CPD: 5 CPD points were awarded by the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).
Podcasts: Podcasts of the opening remarks and responses are available at https://soundcloud.com/psychoanalytic-clinic (Podcasting by Mike Liffey at Real Smart Media).
Art & Psychoanalysis & Sexuality Symposium: Wednesday 22 June 2016
Title: Sexuality, Identity and the State Symposium
Venue: Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland (This event was organised by Sophie Byrne, IMMA’s Curator of Talks and Public Programmes, in collaboration with Dr Noreen Giffney)
Description: The Sexuality, Identity and the State Symposium is organised on the occasion of Patrick Hennessy’s ‘De Profundis’ and Carol Rama’s ‘The Passion According to Carol Rama’ exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). The interdisciplinary symposium offers short talks by professionals working in the fields of clinical practice, academic research and the visual arts: psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, clinical and social psychology, creative arts practice and curatorship, feminism and queer theory, literary studies and film studies, the history of art and arts criticism. The symposium comprises two parts: a panel of talks introducing and contextualising the life and work of Patrick Hennessy, and a roundtable discussion concentrating on art objects and interpretative strategies from the theoretical perspectives of psychoanalysis, feminism and queer theory. The roundtable broadens out the discussion to include Rama alongside Hennessy. The focus will be on the relation between the viewer and the art object, how we make meaning of our experience of engaging with an art work, and how that experience is mediated through the framing of an exhibition (by a curator in their arrangement of the works, by reviewers, by essayists who write in the catalogue, by the signs on the walls of the gallery, by the titles the artist ascribes to the paintings, by what friends say about an exhibition before we have visited it ourselves). We will focus on acts of interpretation, how they come into being, and how we might formulate and articulate our interpretations of art works in ways that don’t close down dialogue about a work’s potential meanings. Discussants will attend to how theoretical concepts might help us to open up a space for thinking about the art works we see before us in the Hennessy and Rama exhibitions specifically and about artistic practices and art objects more generally.
Speakers included: Dr Noreen Giffney, Sean Kissane, Dr Riann Coulter, Dr Eibhear Walshe, Dr Katherine Johnson, Dr Jason Hartford, Ann Murphy, Dr Olga Cox-Cameron, Jacinta Lynch, James Merrigan.
Organisers: Sophie Byrne, IMMA’s Curator of Talks and Public Programmes, in collaboration with Dr Noreen Giffney, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Convener of Psychoanalysis +.
Funded and Presented by The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).
CPD: 5.5 CPD points were awarded by the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).
Podcasts: Podcasts of the opening remarks and talks are available at: https://soundcloud.com/imma-ireland/sets/imma-symposium-sexuality (Podcasting by IMMA)
Article: Dr Noreen Giffney wrote the Introduction to the clinical book, Clinical Encounters in Sexuality (Punctum Books 2017), which she co-edited with Dr Eve Watson. A copy is available from email@example.com
The Clinical Usefulness of Non-Clinical Case Studies for Psychotherapy Lecture: Sunday 12 October 2016
This workshop formed part of: The 5th Irish Poetry Therapy Network (IPTN) Conference. I am grateful to the organisers for inviting me to deliver this workshop as a keynote address to Conference delegates.
Interview: ‘Psychoanalysis in Ireland’, an interview with Dr Noreen Giffney, was published in Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies 7 (University of Notre Dame 2017), as part of a special issue on ‘Ireland in Psychoanalysis’. Click HERE to read the interview.
The Artist/Analyst Is Present: At the Interface between Creative Arts Practice and Clinical Psychoanalytic Practice Panel Discussion: Saturday 4 February 2017
Description: The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York exhibited a major retrospective of the performance artist Marina Abramovićs work from 14 March to 31 May 2010. As part of the exhibition, The Artist is Present, Abramović performed a long-durational piece which involved her sitting in the gallery space every day the gallery was open, from the time it opened until the time it closed. Gallery visitors were invited to sit across from her in silence while she held their gaze. She sat with people for over 700 hours. At first Abramović and each visitor were separated by a small table, which she later had removed so that there was only a short space between her and the person who sat across from her. Long queues formed as time went on, and many who sat in front of the artist were visibly moved to tears in her presence. The performance space also filled up with people who came and watched the silent interactions between the artist and each visitor. The Artist Is Present documentary film provides an overview of the MOMA retrospective as well as an introduction to Abramovićs body of work which spans nearly five decades.
What was happening in the silent interaction between artist and visitor to produce such a profound impact on those who sat and those who watched from the sidelines? What does it mean to say the artist is present? What is the place of the gaze in this performance? How does silence function in this piece? What is the relationship between the seated pair and the group that forms around them? How might psychoanalysis help us to think about these questions and also to reflect on our own relationship as viewers to this documentary film and to the portrait it presents of Abramović as artist? How might it inform our clinical practice? The performance itself also brings to mind the analytic frame, the analytic attitude and the analyst’s capacity to sit with an analysand for the duration of a session. The centrality of the gaze in the performance also prompts us to think of the place of the gaze in psychoanalysis, offered to the analysand by the analyst at the beginning and ending of sessions but denied to both parties when the analysand lies on the couch and the analyst sits behind, out of sight.
This session provides space for a dialogue between the creative arts and clinical psychoanalysis, focusing particularly on what artists, curators, art critics and analysts might learn from each other’s understanding of Abramović’s art practice. The session opens with a screening of The Artist Is Present documentary, followed by brief responses (5 minutes each) from an interdisciplinary panel of speakers, after which we will have time for a discussion about the audience’s response to the documentary and Abramović’s work as it is presented to us. The panel brings together people from the creative arts, curatorship, arts criticism, philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology, art therapy, visual culture and film studies. The purpose of the responses is to open up a space for each of us to reflect on our experience of watching the documentary, the reactions it provokes in us, and why a capacity for self-reflection is so vital for creative arts practice and clinical psychoanalytic practice.
Speakers included: Gráinne Casey, Dr Noreen Giffney, Jacinta Lynch, Lisa Moran, Katherine Waugh.
Convener: Dr Noreen Giffney
This panel discussion formed part of: The 8th annual Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival. The Festival was sponsored by the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) and the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI). I am grateful to the organisers of the Festival for including this panel discussion on the programme for the Festival.
CPD: The 8th Irish Annual Psychoanalytic Film Festival gave CPD points to attendees.
Developing Clinical Insight Using Non-Clinical Case Studies in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Lecture: Visual Culture and the Transference and Countertransference Experience: Saturday 22 April 2017
Venue: The Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, Ireland
This clinical seminar follows: The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP). I am grateful to the Executive Committee of the IFPP for inviting me talk about my work.
Registration: Attendance was open to members of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) only.
Interview: ‘Psychoanalysis in Ireland’, an interview with Dr Noreen Giffney, was published in Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies 7 (University of Notre Dame 2017), as part of a special issue on ‘Ireland in Psychoanalysis’. Click HERE to read the interview.
Splitting, Projection & Evacuation in Clinical Practice Lecture: Saturday 10 June 2017
Article: Dr Noreen Giffney wrote an article entitled ‘Sex as Evacuation’, which is published in the psychoanalytic journal, Studies in Gender & Sexuality, A copy is available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychoanalysis & Sexuality Today Clinical Conference: Psychosocial Influences on Transference & Countertransference in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy: Saturday 21 October 2017
Time: 9.00 am-5.15 pm
Venue: Irish Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, Ireland
Description: This clinical conference considers a range of issues relating to sexuality, as it exists in our consulting rooms today, from a clinical psychoanalytic perspective. The conference brings together clinical practitioners of psychoanalysis from a number of different traditions (Freudian, Kleinian, Lacanian, Jungian, Relational), who work in a range of settings (private practices, public services, training organisations), and in a variety of ways (with adults and/or children and adolescents, individuals, couples and groups). Speakers come from all the clinical psychoanalytic organisations operating in the South and North of Ireland: the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), the Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), the Irish Analytical Psychology Association (IAPA), the Irish Forum for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFCAPP), the Irish Group Analytic Society (IGAS), the Northern Ireland Institute for Human Relations (NIIHR), the Irish Psycho-Analytic Association (IPAA), the Irish School for Lacanian Psychoanalysis (ISLP), the Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation-New Lacanian School (ICLO-NLS), the Northern Ireland Association for the Study of Psychoanalysis (NIASP), and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), and from a number of different traditions of psychoanalysis. This is the first time all of the psychoanalytic organisations on the island of Ireland have been invited to enter into dialogue about a topic of central importance to clinical practice. This conference will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses. This is because adapted forms of psychoanalytic clinical concepts underpin most forms of psychotherapy and counselling, as the ideas of some of the discipline’s formative figures (Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, Jacques Lacan, Donald Winnicott, Anna Freud, Siegmund Heinrich Fuchs) operate as reference points for later developments, innovations, challenges and critiques. The emphasis in this conference will be on the sharing of ideas and discussion.
The conference focused on exploring five key questions:
- What are the discourses of sexuality underpinning psychoanalysis, and how do they impact on clinical practice?
- In what ways does sexuality get played out for and between the psychoanalytic practitioner and the patient?
- How do social, cultural and historical attitudes towards sexuality impact on the transference, consciously and unconsciously?
- How do social, cultural and historical attitudes towards sexuality impact on the countertransference, consciously and unconsciously?
- Why is sexuality so prone to reification?
Speakers included: Julie Brown, Gráinne Casey, José Castilho, Barbara Fitzgerald, Dr Noreen Giffney, Dr Belinda Moller, Dr Ian Miller, Ann Murphy, Pauline O’Callaghan, Dr Barry O’Donnell, Dr Ray O’Neill, Dr Medb Ruane, Florencia Shanahan, David Smith, Dr Julie Sutton, Dr Eve Watson, Rob Weatherill.
Organisers: Dr Noreen Giffney & Dr Eve Watson
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Sponsored by Psychoanalysis +, directed by Dr Noreen Giffney, and the Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI)
CPD: 6.5 CPD points were awarded by the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).
Registration: Registration was open to Psychoanalysts, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurses and General Practitioners (GPs). People must be fully-qualified and practising or retired or in training. This conference was open to clinical practitioners only.
Article: Dr Noreen Giffney wrote the Introduction to the clinical book, Clinical Encounters in Sexuality (Punctum Books 2016), which she co-edited with Dr Eve Watson. A copy is also available from email@example.com
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now Clinical Conference: The Inner World and Rebuilding the State We’re In: Saturday 4 November 2017
Further details: www.bpc.org.uk/PP-NOW-2017
Why Might Ruptures Occur in the Therapeutic Relationship? The Impact of Splitting and Projection on the Transference-Countertransference Dynamic: Saturday 20 January 2018
Registration was via CONFER
The Freud Affect: Reflecting on Viewers’ Experience of the Lucian Freud Exhibition: Wednesday 24 January 2018
Venue: The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
Registration was via IMMA
What Might Clinical Psychoanalysis Learn from Queer Theories of Sexuality? 113 Years after Freud’s ‘Three Essays’: Saturday 24 February 2018
Time: 9.00 am-5.30 pm
Venue: The Freud Museum, London, UK
Description: This one-day, international, multidisciplinary seminar will bring together psychoanalytic clinicians, artists and academic researchers to consider the enduring influence of Sigmund Freud’s ‘Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality’ on contemporary clinical and societal understandings of sexuality. The seminar will also discuss what queer theories of sexuality might bring to clinical psychoanalysis for work in the consulting room. The emphasis will be on discussion and the sharing of ideas between delegates.
The seminar will focus on the following three questions:
- What is the influence of Sigmund Freud’s ‘Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality’ on contemporary clinical psychoanalytic practice and psychosocial considerations of sexuality?
- What might clinical psychoanalysis learn from queer theories of sexuality?
- What do we mean when we speak of ‘experience’ and ‘encounter’ within the context of practice and theory?
Speakers include: There are fifteen invited speakers who work in clinical practice and/or visual arts practice and/or academia.
- Professor Lisa Baraitser (Professor of Psychosocial Theory at Birkbeck, University of London, & Joint Principal Investigator for ‘Waiting Times’, a Wellcome Collaborative Award in Medical Humanities);
- Dr Meg-John Barker (Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, Psychotherapist, & Academic-Activist);
- Professor Caroline Bainbridge (Professor of Psychoanalysis & Culture at Roehampton University, & Psychoanalytic Organisational Consultant);
- Ms Karla Black (Turner Prize-nominated Visual Artist, & sculpture There Can Be No Arguments is the cover image for Clinical Encounters in Sexuality);
- Dr Olga Cox Cameron (Psychoanalyst, & Founder of the Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival);
- Dr Noreen Giffney (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Director of Psychoanalysis +, & Lecturer in Counselling at the University of Ulster);
- Ms Ann Murphy (Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Former Director of the MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Trinity College Dublin, & Visual Artist);
- Dr Ona Nierenberg (Psychoanalyst, & Senior Psychologist at Bellevue Hospital Center, New York);
- Mr David Richards (Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, & Executive Committee, British Psychoanalytic Council);
- Professor Sasha Roseneil (Professor & Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex, & Group Analyst);
- Dr Raluca Soreanu (Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London, & Psychoanalyst);
- Dr Fintan Walsh (Reader in Theatre & Performance, & Co-Director of the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck, University of London);
- Dr Eve Watson (Psychoanalytic Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor, & Editor of Lacunae).
Download the brochure here
Organisers: Dr Noreen Giffney & Dr Eve Watson, in collaboration with Mr Ivan Ward (Deputy Director of the Freud Museum, London).
Sponsored by The Freud Museum, London; Psychoanalysis + directed by Dr Noreen Giffney; the Centre for Media Research at Ulster University; and the College of Psychoanalysts – UK.
CPD: The Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) awarded the event 6.5 CPD points.
Podcasts: Podcasts of the opening remarks and responses are available as part of the Freud Museum’s podcast series.
Article: Dr Noreen Giffney wrote the Introduction to the clinical book, Clinical Encounters in Sexuality (Punctum Books 2017), which she co-edited with Dr Eve Watson. A copy is also available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Psychoanalysis & Queer Theory: Between Theory & Practice: Tuesday 22 May 2018-Wednesday 23 May 2018
Description: There was two events: one on Tuesday 22 May and a second event on Wednesday 23 May. On Tuesday 22 May at 5.30 pm-7.00 pm, Dr Eve Watson and I were invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about our book, Clinical Encounters in Sexuality, with Dr Daniel Anderson (psychiatrist, psychodynamic psychotherapist, group analyst, Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Central Lancashire), Dr Suryia Nayak (psychoanalytic psychotherapist, social worker, & Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford) & Professor Ian Parker (psychoanalyst, psychologist, & Emeritus Professor of Management at the University of Leicester). This is a public event and is open to anyone interested in attending. On Wednesday 23 May at 10.00 am-11.30 am, Dr Eve Watson and I were invited to participate in a conversation about our book, Clinical Encounters in Sexuality, with Dr Monica Pearl (Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature at the University of Manchester) and Professor Daniela Caselli (Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Manchester). This event is open to delegates of the Sexuality Summer School only.
Unconscious Objects: A Series of Conversations around Art & Psychoanalysis: October 2018-March 2019
Venue: IMMA – The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
Description: This interdisciplinary programme of five sessions brought together art and clinical psychoanalysis, in an effort to consider what they might have to offer each other: both fields emphasise experience, encounter and creativity. Each session focused on a different theme: art & psychoanalysis, objects, spaces, practices, and encounters. The group met in IMMA on Saturdays for three hours (10.00-13.00) from October 2018-March 2019.
The initial session provided an opportunity for the group to begin thinking together about art and psychoanalysis. Sessions two to five were programmed alongside exhibitions showing at IMMA to facilitate a sustained engagement with the work of particular artists and curators. Sessions two to five began with an hour-long visit to a different exhibition each time. The exhibitions included work by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (November), Mary Swanzy (January), Wolfgang Tillmans (February), and IMMA Collection: Freud Project, Gaze (March). After a tea and coffee break, the session continued with a ninety-minute discussion of the exhibition together with two or three articles on the theme of the session, which group members were sent in advance.
The Unconscious Objects series was developed by Dr Noreen Giffney at the invitation of, and in discussion with, Lisa Moran. Each session was co-facilitated by Dr Noreen Giffney (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and Lecturer in Counselling at Ulster University) and Lisa Moran (Curator of Engagement and Learning at IMMA).
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CPD: The Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) awarded the series 15 CPD points.
Podcast: Listen to the podcast of ‘The Freud Affect’ here, in which I give an introduction to psychoanalysis and its usefulness for helping us to reflect on our experience of visiting art exhibitions.
Psychodynamic Approaches: Tuesday 24 March 2020-Tuesday 5 May 2020
Venue: This CPD course was delivered online on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Podcast: Listen to the podcast of ‘The Freud Affect’ here, in which I give an introduction to psychoanalysis and its usefulness for helping us to reflect on our experience of the world around us.
Grappling with Uncertainty: Thoughts and Thinking in the Consulting Room Clinical Talk: Saturday 11 July 2020
Venue: This clinical talk will form part of the Psychoanalysis, (Trans)gender and Sexuality Conference, Freud Museum, London, UK, Friday 10-Saturday 11 July 2020. This conference will be convened via Zoom on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Description: Psychoanalysis deals with one of the fundamental facets of life: We must find a way to live with uncertainty. No-one knows what will happen in the future, however hard we try to hypothesise or plan ahead. Life has a way of surprising us. This fact evokes great anxiety in us. We often grasp after certainty as a way to manage it. Each of us does this to greater or lesser extents, consciously and unconsciously. Psychoanalytic clinical practitioners are not immune to this. It becomes a difficulty if a clinician grasps onto certain thoughts to the extent that it prevents them from thinking about a patient or aspects of a patient’s experience. There is a difference between having thoughts and thinking them through; one does not equate to the other. Some of this existential anxiety regarding certainty and uncertainty gets played out more broadly against the backdrop of gender and sexuality. In other words, clinically speaking, thoughts can sometimes exist about gender and sexuality in the absence of a capacity for thinking them. These thoughts might be assumptions or stereotypes the clinician holds about gender and sexuality, particularly when confronted with experiences that diverge from their own. When this is the case, transgender experiences, identities, persons and communities can become reduced in the clinician’s mind to a diagnosis or category, already known and understood. In this instance, the clinician has latched onto certainty, with the result that thinking falls away; there is no need for thinking because the clinician already knows. How might clinicians address this difficulty in order to keep a space open for the patient’s experience and their own thinking, without saturating it with presuppositions?
Speaker: Dr Noreen Giffney
Convener: Dr Jordan Osserman, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London. The event is co-sponsored by the Waiting Times research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Book and Article: Dr Noreen Giffney wrote the Introduction to the clinical book, Clinical Encounters in Sexuality (Punctum Books 2017), which she co-edited with Dr Eve Watson. Dr Noreen Giffney wrote a clinical article, ‘The Use of an Object’, on concretisation as it operates in the consulting room, which was published in the clinical journal, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, in 2019. Copies are available from email@example.com
Registration: Registration is available via the Freud Museum’s website.
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