Introductory Course: South West

Introductory Course: South West 2018 Seminar Programme

April 19: What is psychoanalysis? (Sally Sales)

This seminar will introduce some of the key foundational concepts that shape psychoanalysis across its various traditions

Suggested Reading:

Freud, S (1914) ‘Observations on transference -love’ in SE XII London: Vintage

Freud, S (1915) ‘The Unconscious’ in SE XIV London: Vintage

April 26: Primary Process ‘thinking’: what is it and what is its place in the clinic? (Ilric Shetland)

What Freud referred to as the primary process occupied a foundational place in both how he understood psychic mechanisms and clinical work.  Drawing on Freud’s iconic text The Interpretation of Dreams this seminar will be a close look at the way that the principal mechanisms of primary process operate

Suggested Reading:

Freud, S (1900) The Interpretation of Dreams, the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Volume IX (London: Vintage)

chapter 6, sections A (work of condensation) and B (work of displacement) 

May 3: Transference (Andrew Bryant)

Transference and how we handle it is central to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. In this seminar we will compare Freud, Klein and Lacan’s thinking on transference, with the aim of understanding how each theory is put together, how it functions and its effects.

Suggested reading:

Freud, S., ‘Remembering, Repeating and Working Through’ in the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Vol. XII (1911—1913) (Vintage 2001)

Klein, M., ‘The Origins of Transference’, in Envy and Gratitude and Other Works 1946—1963 (Vintage 1997)

Lacan, J. ‘Presentation on Transference’, in Fink, B. (Ed.), Ecrits (Norton 2002)

May 10: Oedipus complex (Andrew Bryant)

Freud said, “Every new arrival on this planet is faced with the task of mastering the Oedipus complex.” In this seminar we will compare theories of the Oedipus complex, and consider its place in the contemporary landscape of gender fluidity and diverse familial structures.

Suggested reading:

Butler, J. (2004) ‘Quandaries of the Incest Taboo’ in Undoing Gender (London:Routledge)

Freud, S., ‘The Dissolution of the Oedipus Complex’ in the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Volume XIX (1923-1925) (London: Vintage)

Klein, M., ‘Early Stages of the Oedipus Complex’, in Mitchell, J. (Ed.), the Selected Melanie Klein, (London: Penguin)

May 17: Introducing Klein (Linda Buckingham)

Linda will introduce the thinking and clinical work of Melanie Klein and her school of psychoanalysis

Suggested Reading:

Klein, M., ‘Early Stages of the Oedipus Complex’, in Mitchell, J. (Ed.), the Selected Melanie Klein, (London: Penguin)

Buckingham, L (2015) The Relevance of Melanie Klein to Psychoanalytic and Social Theory (to be circulated)

May 24: The Death Drive (Karen Jackson)

Sigmund Freud in his paper ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’ said ‘the aim of all life is death’.  In this seminar, we will explore his theory of the death drive as integral to Psychoanalysis.

Suggested Reading:

Freud, S. (1920) ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’ in the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Vol XV111, trans. Strachey, J., The Hogarth Press

May 31: The Sexual Death Drive (Karen Jackson)

In this second seminar, we will explore the work of Jean Laplanche and his critique of Freud’s theory of the death drive.    Laplanche’s interest is in where Freud went astray in his theory, a curiosity in continuing the thread of what went ‘beyond’ in ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’

Suggested Reading:

Laplanche, J. (1985) Life & Death in Psychoanalysis, trans. Mehlman, J., John Hopkins University Press, particularly chapters 1, 2 and 6

June 7 and 14th: Psychoanalysis and Creativity (Laura Mackay)
Taking Freud’s theory of sublimation as our starting point, these two sessions will map across
several psychoanalytic traditions, exploring their differing accounts of creativity. We will assess their usefulness in understanding the creative process and their relevance for application in the contemporary clinic.

Suggested Reading

Freud, S (1908) ʻCreative writing and Daydreamingʼ

Freud, S (1910)ʼ Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhoodʼ.

Winnicott, D.W (1971) ʻTransitional Objects and Transitional Phenomenaʼ and  ʻThe Location of Cultural Experienceʼ in  Playing and Reality, Routledge: London

June 21: Psychoanalysis in the social field (Sally Sales)

In this final seminar we will critically consider the place that psychoanalysis occupies in the social field.   Do the theories and practices of psychoanalysis uphold and transmit specific classed, gendered and raced forms of subjectivity? 

Suggested Reading: Sales, S (2010) ‘The Making of Docile Working Class Subjects: CBT, Class and the Failures of Psychoanalysis’ Journal of Psycho-Social Studies Vol 4 (2) 2011 (copy provided)

Course Teachers

Andrew Bryant is a psychotherapist in private practice and with the Site SW Psychoanalytic Clinic. He trained with the Site and is an actively involved member of the organisation. Andrew has a long standing interest in visual art, and is a keen surfer.

Linda Buckingham is a Tavistock trained child psychotherapist who has been involved in the practice and teaching of psychoanalysis for many years in London. She has recently moved to Cornwall, and is currently undertaking some child psychotherapy work for CAMHS in Penzance and Redruth. She is on the Site SW training committee and actively involved in the teaching programme

Karen Jackson is a member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and a  UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist working in private practice and the public sector for the past eighteen years.  She is also supervises therapists individually and in groups and has taught Counsellors and Psychotherapists in training.

Laura Mackay is a member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and a
psychoanalyst and supervisor based in Lostwithiel, South East Cornwall, working in private
practice and for the Site South West Psychoanalytic Clinic.

Dr Sally Sales is chair of training for the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Cornwall and a psychoanalyst and supervisor in private practice near Fowey.  She is also a visiting research fellow at University of West of England, where she is undertaking a project on adoption, kinship and class.   Routledge will be publishing her book on psychoanalysis and working class experience in 2018.

Ilric Shetland is on the Site SW training committee and is also a member of the site council. He is in private practice as an analyst and supervisor in SE Cornwall.  He worked for many years in the NHS in London as a psychotherapist and based on that experience, he established and now coordinates the Site SW psychoanalytic clinic in Cornwall.