Training Seminars 2013 – 2014 South West




All Seminars take place on alternate Saturdays at Truro Library (small training room 1st floor), Pydar Street, Truro



Time:  Morning seminar:  10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Afternoon seminar  1.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Autumn Term 2013

19 October, 2, 16 and 30 November and 14 December 2013


AM: 10.00 – 12.30 

Sally Sales – Giving an account of the analyst’s position


‘Our eros is at odds with our ethos; it’s occurrence in our lives is always unheimlich’ (p.147, Rajchman, 1991).

These seminars will explore how we understand the process of situating ourselves in the analytic space.  Central to how we think about the analysts position, is how we understand the purpose of psychoanalysis. As Rajchman’s quotation above captures, the concept of a de-centred subject radically shapes both the analysts position and how we might think about the outcome of an analysis. The traditions of psychoanalysis have produced very different ways of engaging with the decentred subject, and very different accounts of the analyst’s position.  These seminars will critically compare some of these psychoanalytic traditions, with a particular emphasis on the lacanian/post lacanian field.


Seminar 1: Freud 

We will begin with two papers by Freud, which differently unsettle the idea that adjustment to the social is a good analytic outcome.

Freud, S (1920) ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’, in SE vol XVIII London: Hogarth press

Freud, S (1930) ‘Civilisation and its Discontents’, in SE vol XXI London: Hogarth


Seminar 2: Lacan

In this seminar we will look at how Lacan reformulated transference and the position of the analyst, challenging post war psychoanalysis in England and America with its emphasis on ego adjustment and developmentalism.

Lacan, J (1960) Seminar on Transference, trans Cormac Gallagher,  seminar 12 pp. 5-12; seminar 14; seminar 19 pp.1-5

Libbrecht, K (1998) ‘The original sin of Psychoanalysis: On the desire of the Analyst’ in Key Concepts of Lacanian psychoanalysis,  ed Dany Nobus, London: Rebus Press


Seminar 3: The question of transmission

Psychoanalytic trainings have their own cultures and orthodoxies, their modes of suggestibility.  How is it then possible to find ‘your own position’ within this field of institutional transference?  To help with this question we will look at Roustang’s work on the lacanian school in Dire Mastery.

Roustang, F (1976) Dire Mastery: Discipleship from Freud to Lacan, Washington: John Hopkins University press,   chapter 2 In Advance and chapter 4 On the transmissibility of Analytic theory


Seminar 4: Foucault and the subject of desire

Foucault’s late work was engaged with finding a new ethical basis for living which was inextricably tied to a refusal of the individuality of western subjectivity.  For Foucault, psychoanalysis was too embedded in the conditions of its production in western regimes of power to ever be a space of transformation. Yet, if following Foucault, our salvation lies in freeing ourselves of our contemporary subjectivity, where else might one be able to undertake such a task, if not in the consulting room?  This seminar will think about what kind of analytic position such a project might imply?

Foucault, M ‘The Ethics of the concern of the self as a practice of freedom’(1984)   and ‘The Hermeneutics of the self’ (1980) in Paul Rabinow (ed) Essential works of Foucault volume I London: Penguin

Foucault, M (1988) Technologies of the Self in L Martin, H Gutman P Hutton (ed) Technologies of the Self University of Massachusetts

Butler, J (2005) ‘Foucault’s Critical Account of himself’ pp.111-136 in Giving An Account of Oneself, New York: Fordham University press


Seminar 5: Open Session

I have left this session open in order for everyone to think about their own practice and the way they think about both the work and their position in the work.  The group will be encouraged to bring examples from their practice for discussion.


Background reading

Both these books are challenging and insightful engagements with psychoanalysis by two non clinician’s!

Rajchman, J (1991) Truth and Eros, Foucault, Lacan and the Question of Ethics, London: Routledge

Butler, J (2005) Giving An Account of Oneself, New York: Fordham University press


PM: 1.30 – 4.00

Ilric Shetland – Narcissism


Narcissism is a term that has a long clinical history of being used to describe a particular way of relating.    Beginning with Freud’s account, we will explore how the concept of narcissism has been taken up – or not – by the different traditions of psychoanalysis.   We will compare Lacan’s notion of a universal narcissism endemic to western subjects to the very different place it occupies for the British and American schools of ego psychology, object relations and Kleinian object relations.  Such radically different conceptions produce very different clinical practices.


Seminar 1: Freud

Freud, S (1914) On Narcissism in SE XIV London: Vintage


Seminar 2: Klein

Klein, M (1925) ‘A contribution to the psychogenesis of tics’ in Love, Guilt & Reparation

London: Virago


Seminar 3: Object relations

Kernberg, OFactors in the psychoanalytical treatment of narcissistic personalities’

Kohut, H ‘Forms and transformations of narcissism’

Both papers collected in Essential Papers on Narcissism (1986) edited Andrew Morrison New York: New York university press


Seminar 4: Ego psychology

Sandler, J ‘On disorders of narcissism’ in From Safety to Superego (1987), London: Karnac

Seminar 5: Lacan

Lacan, J (1949) ‘The mirror stage as formative of the ‘I’ as revealed in psychoanalytical experience’ in Ecrits (1977) London: Tavistock (1971) London: Routledge

Background reading

Lasch, C (1979) The Culture of Narcissism, New York: Norton, especially chapter II ‘The narcissistic personality of our time’


Spring 2014 

11 and 25 January, 8 and 22 February and 8 March 2014


AM 10.00 – 12.30 

Joe Suart – Projection and Dissociation as responses to Trauma

In the broadest sense one could say that everyone who comes into therapy does so because they are unable to tolerate their own suffering, unable to bear the pain of their lives. This would also include the therapists themselves. In a similarly broad way, the generally accepted meaning of the term ‘trauma’ is some painful and damaging intrusionthat cannot be tolerated or borne.

Inevitably, those of us who end up with DSM diagnoses of ‘personality disorder’ demonstrate symptoms of an on-going, generalised and externalized re-traumatisation which is unbearable for the person concerned and usually experienced as intolerable by those they turn to.

In these seminars I want to explore a model of how our psyches respond to trauma that draws on object relations and Jungian theory. This model is an attempt to understand how we, and our patients, can get trapped within our own defences by powerful psychological forces over which it often appears we can exert little influence.

I will be looking at conceptions of projection, dissociation and resilience as articulated by Jung and post-Jungian clinicians, especially Marie-Louise von Franz and Donald Kalshed.

Preliminary Reading List:  Donald Kalshed: The Inner World of Trauma and Trauma and the Soul

Marie-Louise von Franz:  Projection and Re-Collection in Jungian Psychology



PM 1.30 – 4.00

Thinking clinically


5 different psychotherapists choose one or two papers that has been central to their formation as psychotherapist’s and explore with the group


January 11th    Susan Irving

Bott Spillius, E (1993) ‘Varieties of Envious Experience’ in  IJPA 1993 (on PEPWEB)



January 25th Angela Kreeger

Philips, A (2007) ‘Taking nonsense and knowing when to stop’ in Side Effects, London: Harper

Freud, S (1917) Mourning & Melancholia, SE XIV, London: Vintage


February 8th Peter Millar

Adler, G (1972) ‘Helplessness in the Helpers’ in The British Journal of Medical Psychology Vol. 45, Issue 4 Dec 1972 

(I can forward a copy as it is not on PEPWEB. It is however on the British Psychological Society site if anyone has access to that).


February 22nd Gill Stuart 

Paper to follow


March 8th Linda Buckingham 

Rosenfeld, H (1988) ‘A clinical approach to the psychoanalytic theory of the life and death instincts: an investigation into the aggressive aspects of narcissism’ in Melanie Klein Today, vol. 1, Mainly Theory, London: Routledge


(Training weekend London 22/23 March 2014)


Training weekend SW 26/27 April 2014


The Essence of Art and the Nature of Dwelling in psychosis: Doug Gill


This will be a mixed weekend with experiential workshops, seminars and clinical discussion, including my work developing therapeutic arts communities.


Suggested reading:

Heidegger, M (2010) ‘What calls for Thinking’ and ‘The way of Language’ in Basic Writings, London: Routledge

Cooper, R (1994) ‘Dwelling and the Therapeutic Community’ in Thresholds between

Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, London: Free Associations


Doug Gill was originally a performance artist, founder and director of Studio Upstairs. He is a member of the Philadelphia Association in private practice in Bristol and London


Please note that for the week-end we will be using Epiphany House in Truro.


Summer 2014 


A series of one day teachings from teachers outside of the region.


May 3rd

Kirsty Hall: Feminism and Psychoanalysis

As a way of beginning, I want to suggest that people try to read at least one of the classic texts below.  People around my age, who are women, have all read all of them of course but some younger students may not be conversant with any of them!


Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique


We will then look at the following texts:

Freud’s Essay on Feminism

Luce Irigaray’s demolition of the above in ‘This sex which is not one’

Kristeva, from The Kristeva Reader, a couple of papers with her concept of the Chora and critique of the Freudian Oedipus complex

Cixous critique of phallogocentrism – use of Lacan and Derrida – not sure yet which paper.


May 17th

Gill Stuart

Details to follow


May 31st

Philip Derbyshire – Laplanche

Both indebted to but critical of the work of Lacan, Laplanche pursued a rigorous reformulation of psychoanalysis in another ‘return to Freud’ in the course of a long intellectual career until his death in May 2012.  His tracing of Freud’s own ambiguous relations to the primary object of his science, the unconscious, his ‘strayings’ and Laplanche’s rethinking of central notions such as seduction, drive – especially the death drive – and the role of language make him a stimulating interlocutor of the tradition(s).

This day’s teaching will look at Laplanche’s conceptual innovations and consider their implications for what we might call the ‘standard model’ – the unconscious, symbolisation and Oedipus.

Centrally the idea of primal seduction and the enigmatic signifier will form the thread that leads to a consideration of ideas such as metabolisation, afterwardsness, temporality, and translation, and his inflection of drive, masochism, fantasy, and transference.

Preliminary Reading:

Essays on Otherness, various translators, edited by John Fletcher, Routledge, London,

1999, especially chapters 2, 3, 6, 7, 10

New Foundations for Psychoanalysis, tr. David Macey, Blackwell, London, 1989, especially chapter 3

‘Psychoanalysis, Time and Translation’ in Jean Laplanche: Seduction, Translation, Drives, ed John Fletcher & Martin Stanton, ICA, London, 1992 (to be supplied as pdf)

Further suggestions closer to the time


June 14th 

Val Parks – Sons and Daughters and Lovers”: Lacan’s notion of sexuation and the

non-existence of the sexual rapport

The plan is to look at a Lacanian idea of how subjects come to assume their sexual identities, and how, in spite of much evidence to the contrary, we continue to want to believe in a sexual complementarity and compatibility. In the morning, we will look at two papers which highlight some issues for women and for men:


“A Difficulty in Women’s Analysis: The Ravage of the Relation to the Mother” by Marie-Helene Brousse (Psychoanalytical Notebooks Issue 21: Femininity)

“The Place of the Mother in Lacanian Analysis: Lacan’s Theory of the Object, or Castration Rethought” (chapter 5 in The Logic of Sexuation by Ellie Ragland, SUNY, 2004).

The first of these looks at the concept of the mother/daughter ravage and its part in the life of the woman. The second looks at Lacan’s use of the Little Hans case to explore notions of castration in the life of the man.


In the afternoon, I will focus on the couple relationship, via:

Dany Nobus’s paper  “Theorising the Comedy of the Sexes: Lacan on Sexuality” from The Klein Lacan Dialogues. I will scan this as it’s currently out of print.

Secondly, “The Real of Sexual Difference” by Slavoj Zizek in Reading Seminar XX  ed.

S.Barnard and B. Fink SUNY 2002.

Nobus’s paper looks at the clinical and theoretical aspects of the Lacanian take on sexual relationships, whilst the Zizek paper, as might be expected, explores cultural manifestations of the concepts.


June 28th

Paul Zeal – Embodiment, psychoanalytically speaking

Embodiment is a political issue with implications for health-care and education – but what does it mean, psychoanalytically speaking? This we will explore, starting with Freud’s libido theory. From there we will take up the story of the fate of libido theory as presented by Barnaby Barratt (2010) a graduate of many places but including the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Freud saw clearly that our human experience is, or needs to be, grounded in our embodiment – ‘Where It was, there should I become.’ And Barratt, in his work, sets out to retrieve Freud’s early grounding of psychoanalysis in the physical body and libido theory. As Barratt says, free association is an anarchic principle, but it may lead to discovery of the body not only as fantasy. We will then focus on the troubling and troubled question of masculine and feminine psychical qualities in relation to gender and sexuality. We will discuss Lacan’s theory that there is no sexual relation, and the controversy with Irigaray. In Chinese culture, yin as feminine and yang as masculine are qualities found throughout Nature, not restricted to gender – thus I have included in the reading list my favourite translation of an ancient classic.


Reading list

Barnaby Barratt (2010). The emergence of Somatic psychology and Bodymind Therapy.

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lao Tzu (1961). Tao Te Ching. Trans. John C.H. Wu. New York: St. John’s University Press.

Leo Bersani (1986). The Freudian Body – Psychoanalysis and Art. New York: Columbia

University Press.

Luce Irigaray (1985). This Sex which is not One. Trans. Catherine Porter. (Especially

Chapter 5: Cosi Fan Tutti.) NY: Cornell University Press.

Jacques Lacan & The Ecole Freudienne (1983). Feminine Sexuality. Trans. Jacqueline

Rose; Eds. Juliet Mitchell and J. Rose. (Especially the two Introductions, and Chapter 6: God and the Jouissance of Woman. A Love Letter.) London: Macmillan.

P.Z. (2012). How to Be – Breath, Gender and Dream in a Limited World. In: Sitegeist No. 7, Spring 2012. London: Karnac.