Training Seminars 2017 – 2018 South West

Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis SW


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

23 September 2017

Doug Gill: Two and Beyond – from Oedipus to Tiresias (drawing on Bracha Ettinger and the Matrixial Borderspace) 

14 & 28 October, 11 & 25 November, 9 December 2017


Sally Sales – Transference revisited

It has been some years since I have taught a dedicated series of seminars on transference.  As this clinical concept goes to the heart of the psychoanalytic project, it seems timely to return and revisit a practice that has radically divided the culture of psychoanalysis.  These seminars will place a particular  emphasis on our own clinical work and how we understand our own position in relationship to transference.

Seminar One: Freud, hypnosis & the confessional

In this seminar, I want to trace a brief history of transference in Freud by way of laying down some of the traditions that have subsequently developed.   I want to show how transference emerged in Freud through two distinct early pathways hypnosis and the seduction theory – and how these two legacies have almost disappeared from Anglo-American psychoanalysis.

Freud, S (1891) Hypnosis in SE I London: Vintage

Freud, S (1893) Psychotherapy of Hysteria in Studies on Hysteria p.301-305 in SE II London: Vintage

Freud, S (1905) Postscript to Dora case history in SE VII London: Vintage

Freud, S (1921) The dynamics of transference in SE XII London: Vintage

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

Freud, S (1920) Beyond the Pleasure principle, pp.14-23 & 34-43 in SE XVIII London: Vintage

Foucault, M (1984) p. 57-70 History of sexuality Vol I London: Penguin

Borch-Jacobsen, M (1992) ‘Talking Cure’ in The emotional Tie Stanford: Stanford University press

Seminar Two: Counter transference

In this seminar we will trace the evolution of countertransference in the post war period within British object relations and Klein.  We will also look at Lacan’s critique of  this concept, framing a very different way of positioning oneself in the analytic space.  We will focus on the following questions:

What is being countered in the notion of countertransference?

What kind of ‘knowledge’ does countertransference impart?

Can we understand countertransference as telepathy?

How do we understand the communication of unconscious states in analysis?

Can the analyst’s involvement be understood in other ways besides counter transference?

Winnicott, D (1947) ‘Hate in the Countertransference’  in From Paediatrics to Psychoanalysis, London: Karnac

Heimann, P (1989) ‘On Countertransference’ in About Children and Children-No- Longer: Collected papers,  London: Routledge

Money-Kryle, R  (2001) ‘Normal counter-transference and some of its deviations’ (1956) in E. Bott-Spillius ed.  Melanie Klein Today Vol.II, London:Routledge

Lacan, J (1960) ‘Seminar 13’ in The seminar on transference, Cormac Gallagher translation

Lacan, J (1991) ‘Michael Balints Blind alleys’ in Seminar 1 Freud’s papers on technique, New York: Norton

Seminar Three: Klein

We will discuss the very particular contribution of Klein’s notion of transference, and the development of projective identification, a particular form of counter transference

Klein, M (1952) The origins of transference, in Envy & Gratitude London: Virago

Joseph, B (1985) Transference: the total situation, in Melanie Klein Today ed E. Bott Spillius London: Routledge

Seminar Four: Lacan

In this seminar we will grapple with the very different way that Lacan formulated transference

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

Lacan, J (1982) ‘Intervention on Transference’ in Feminine Sexuality ed J Mitchell & J Rose, London: MacMillan

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 Five: transference, seduction and love

We will conclude by considering two contrasting accounts of transference from the post lacanian tradition, Laplanche and primal seduction and Kristeva’s notion of psychoanalysis as a discourse of love.

Laplanche, J (1999) ‘Transference: it’s Provocation by the analyst’ in Essays on otherness London: Routledge and Laplanche, J (1989) p.159-164 in New Foundations, Oxford: Blackwells

Kristeva, J (1987) ‘Freud and love: treatment and its discontents’ in Tales of Love, Columbia University press: Columbia


Ilric Shetland: Primary Process ‘thinking’: what is it and what is its place in the clinic

What Freud referred to as the primary process occupied a foundational place in both how he understood psychic mechanisms and clinical work.  The iconic text is The Interpretation of Dreams where Freud ‘evidenced’ primary process thought through an exploration of dreams. These seminars will be a close look at the way that the  principal mechanisms of primary process operate.  We will focus predominantly on Freud, but will also discuss the legacies of his thinking in the work of Lacan.  These seminars will situate the relevance of primary process thinking in the clinical setting.

More detailed reading to follow

Spring Term


20 January, 3 & 17 February 2018

Linda Buckingham:  Kant, Hegel, Marx: An empiricist exploration

3 & 17 March 2018

Keith Armitage: Andre Green

Since his death, the reputation of Egyptian-French analyst Andre Green has steadily risen and his significance recognised in this country and across Europe. His formation as an analyst was unique. He was trained in the orthodox (and conservative) Paris Psychoanalytic Association. Despite this, he was assiduously courted by Lacan who recognised his originality and talent, although Green resisted the overtures to enter analysis with Lacan and join his school. Simultaneously, Green was developing significant friendships and professional relationships in Britain at the Institute of Psychoanalysis where he became close to Winnicott and (particularly) Bion as well as younger analysts.

Green takes from Lacan and the French tradition more generally, a profound respect for Freud’s writings and a detailed attention to the importance of metapsychological concepts. He brings this to bear the object-relations tradition, offering a rich appreciation of their work (particularly the widening scope of analysis for addressing borderline states and disorders) as well as a detailed critique of the metapsychological underpinnings, asking fundamental questions of their concepts.

Session 1

Winnicott, DW “Transitional Objects & Transitional Phenomena” in Playing and Reality. (Please pay particular attention to the clinical material in Part III “Aspects of Fantas”

Green, A “The Intuition of the Negative in Playing and Reality” in Kohon, G The Dead Mother: The Work of Andre Green London: Routledge (1999)

Building on our discussions of Winnicott last year, we will look at how Green builds on an understanding of the importance of transitional phenomena and introduce one of Green’s key contributions, a deepening understanding of the work of the negative in psychoanalysis.

Session 2

Green, A “Potential Space in Psychoanalysis: The Object in the Setting” & “Negation and Contradiction” in On Private Madness London: Karnac (1997)

We will look at how Green examines the object relations tradition (such as asking fundamental questions such as what constitutes on object there) and continue our exploration of the forms of the negative.


20 January 2018

Ilric Shetland: clinical afternoon

3 & 17 February 2018

Penny Florence: Thinking Gender: Some Key Concepts and Implications of Feminist Psychoanalytic Thought

My approach will be applied and from a feminist standpoint. The emphasis will be personal and will focus on close reading and active, equal participation.   A list will be provided and participants will be asked to select in advance from it. But it would be useful for everyone to have at least looked at Elizabeth Grosz, specifically at one or more of these texts:

Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth (2008).

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (1994)

Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction (1990)

The idea is to aim to speak from particular viewpoints that take us outside our own assumed Subjectivity (insofar as this is possible). Indeed we might begin with exploring this thought, possibly in light of Grosz’s latest work The Incorporeal (2017), but this book is arguably outside our brief.

The two sessions will examine some key concepts in the context of Grosz’s feminist take on Lacan and Deleuze especially, but also on other thinkers (they are quite a range).

The first session will look at specific passages in, for example, Kristeva, Irigaray, Butler or Ettinger.

The second session will look equally closely at examples selected by participants (including myself) from art and/or film/moving image.

By comparing approaches to these concepts, each seminar seeks to use them in discussion, rather than try to define or to offer overviews. An advantage of this approach is that it should sketch a sense of the reach of a very broad, yet located, terrain.

3 & 17 March 2018

Angelika Golz: Further teaching and explorations of group analytic thinking

In this further exploration of group analysis I would like to pick up from where we ended , with the questions about  the therapist’s role and his/her interaction/communication/intervention.

We would look in more detail at vignettes from the book below, and I would like to use an article from our Group Analytic Journal, by the American group analyst Billow.

We will also have an opportunity to have another experiential group, at our second session.

A modern account of the practice of group analysis, written by two senior group analysts:

Behr, H. and Hearst, L. (2005) Group-Analytic Psychotherapy: A meeting of 

minds.London: Whurr.

Training weekend 24/25 March 2018

Philip Derbyshire: Biotechnics

‘Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God.  When he puts on all his auxiliary organs he is truly magnificent: but those organs have not grown onto him and they still give him much trouble at times.’  Freud, Selected Works, volume 12, p.280

What I want to do this weekend is look at the ‘trouble’ Freud notes but does not really explore, the perturbations that technology causes as it begins to penetrate and become assimilated with the body.

The starting point is a reflection on ‘trans’ – the shift from one gendered body to another – not as, or not simply as, a question of therapeutics, a solution to a problem of felt dysphoria, but as bound up with certain technological possibilities that are increasingly deployable: pharmaceutical and surgical interventions that depend on a growing facility and power.  The design of new bodies then seems one amongst a number of rational-instrumental alterations of the corporeal self, a span of technics that includes increasingly targeted chemical enhancements of sexual desire/activity, especially in gay male culture; the mediation of sexual activity by easily available pornography and the transformation of self-image through the pornographic; the performance of self through social media, where the prosthetic image acts as an alienated moment of intimacy (an inflection of Lacanian extimacy perhaps), among others.  In each case it is as though instrumental reason – for Freud a sublimation of the death drive – is transforming the body and its imago in an expression of power, with the individual’s desire being articulated with social apparatuses.

The context of all this is a growing demand on subjects to re-invent themselves – in the tradition of Sloterdijk’s ‘You must change your life’ – a process which Nietzsche and Foucault once saw as a exercise of freedom, but now seems more linked with compulsion and an anxiety at prospective incapacity, as though permanent mutability were an ethical desideratum and fixity a failure.

So the attempt would be to link these phenomena together looking at figures like Butler, Foucault, Haraway and members of the Frankfurt School but also Guattari’s utopian fantasies of machinic connection to see what understanding we can gain about these new biopolitics that emerge with what Harari calls ‘Dataism’ the yoking together of surveillance and measurement of the body to transform the body in the service of data flows.

A reading list will follow but an older version of the problem is highlighted in ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’ by Donna Haraway, and a newer tour d’horizon in the last chapters of Homo Deus (2016) by Yuval Harari.  Both are of their time.

PLEASE NOTE: Weekend is at Epiphany House

Summer Term

28 April 2018

Stephen Gee: Dreaming

The royal road to the unconscious. We will explore what Freud meant by according dreams such prominence  in psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Part 1: Hamlet’s problem; Freud’s diagnosis

Selected passages from The Interpretation of Dreams and Hamlet.  Research every reference you can find in Shakespeare to dreaming.

Part 2:  Dream machine. A look at Deleuze and Guattari on the productivity of the unconscious.

Part 3:  All the sessions a dream  – Bion and the alphabetisation of the unconscious.

Reading: Bion and Giuseppe Civitarese

12 May 2018

James Mann: Psychoanalysis & Literature

This teaching will have a particular focus on several Kafka stories that illustrate key aspects of psychoanalytic phenomenology. I will seek to tie this in with clinical examples of my own work at all times and to link it in with other philosophical interpretations of Kafka such as Judith Butler and also Thomas Ogden.I would like to conclude with some ideas of what differentiates psychoanalysis from literature and say something about how one might inform the other,eg Beckett/Bion.

26 May 2018

Val Parks: Sexual difference : Writing and Being Written 

The day will look at ways in which relationships between women and men are  puzzled over in psychoanalysis, and how we as analysts, confronted by people oppressed by and trapped in roles which no longer fit, work with these changing variables. We will pick up some of the themes covered in “Lacan Amongst the Feminists” and extend the field into the wider arena of kinship. There is the cliché  that “It takes a village to bring up a child”. What does that mean in the context of the global village?  In the afternoon, we will look at how sexual difference can be written. All too often, women feel their sexuality is written for them. Is it possible to write the feminine? And to speak it?

The main texts will be:

Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis eds. Duchinsky and Walker (Palgrave and Macmillan 2015 ) from which we will look closely at the debate between Mitchell and Judith Butler, hinging on how sexual difference might be transmitted psychically. The papers are “Ideologies of the super-ego :Psychoanalysis and Feminism Revisited” and “Debating Sexual Difference, Politics and the Unconscious”

The Daughter’s Seduction by Jane Gallop, Cornell University Press 1982, especially the chapter “The Phallic Mother : Fraudian Analysis”

French Feminist Thought: A Reader ed. Toril Moi,  Blackwell 1987 especially Michele Montrelay’s “Enquiry into Femininity”

Psychoanalytic Criticism: Theory in Practice by Elizabeth Wright   Methuen 1984, especially her Appendix “Post-feminist Criticism: Writing and Reading (M)otherwise”

A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by Eimar Mcbride   Faber and Faber 2014. A novel which finds a contemporary feminine voice.

If you have the time and inclination, by way of comparison:

“Women and Men in Doris Lessing’s Golden Notebook: Divided Selves” by Gayle Greene in “The (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Interpretation, ed. Garner et al Cornell UP 1985

9 June 2018

Rob Weiss: Psychoanalysis and the Image.

I’d like to trace the concept of the image as it appears throughout psychoanalytic thought, from early notions of the imago to how the image is seen by various analysts to play a part in ideas of identification, alienation and castration. I hope to draw on some Freudian and Lacanian ideas around the image—the uncanny and the double (Otto Rank and others), fetishism, voyeurism and perversion, the mirror stage—but also to bring in some thinkers who use psychoanalytic theory, but who may fall outside of the psychoanalytic canon, such as Roland Barthes, Jonathan Crary, Martin Jay, Victor Burgin and Laura Mulvey.

23 June 2018

Andie Newman: Re thinking the clinical encounter

I will be drawing on some of Freud’s texts (possibly including The Interpretation of Dreams) to open up thinking into questions about what we do in the clinic and why. I will bring case material and invite students to do the same and focus on clinical themes and dilemmas. We could also spend some of the time on very practical questions about setting up a private practice. I remember wishing there was a bit more of this stuff when I was training!

7 July 2018

Barbara Cawdron: Femininity, Female Sexuality and the Maternal

Over this day of teaching we will be considering classical and contemporary psychoanalytic thinking on female sexuality with particular emphasis on the place of the maternal.  We will review the controversies in this area in the early psychoanalytic movement and consider their relevance to our thinking and practice.

This is a wide field and this is a small part of the literature but a substantial reading list. The papers have been divided into seven groups, and I would like one presentation per group, of 10-15 minutes duration. I would like trainees to divide the papers between them such that all the groups of papers are covered. This will involve people working either on their own or in a pair. The presentations can take whatever form you wish but it would be helpful to include a summary of the main points of the papers as well as to use the topic to think critically and clinically about your own analytic experience, on either side of the couch. This should allow plenty of time over the course of the day for discussion. You are invited to read as many as possible of the papers below in order to facilitate that discussion.

With the exception of the chapters by Welldon and Torok, all the papers are available on Pep-Web.  Those remaining  chapters are all in print and easily obtainable. Do let me know if any are not easily accessible.

Group 1

Freud: New Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis: Femininity

Group 2

Helene Deutsch: The Significance of Masochism in the Mental Life of Women & Karen Horney: The Denial of the Vagina: A Contribution to the Problem of Genital Anxieties Specific to Women

Group 3

Klein: The Psychoanalysis of Children: Chapter XI The Effects of Early Anxiety Situations on the Sexual Development of the Girl

Group 4

Alice Balint: Love for the Mother & Mother Love & DW Winnicott: The Theory of the Parent Infant Relationship

Group 5

Estella Welldon: Mother, Madonna, Whore: The Idealization & Denigration of Motherhood (particularly chapters 2, 3 & 4) Karnac 2004

Group 6

Lisa Baraitser: Mum’s the word; Intersubjectivity, Alterity and Maternal Subject Studies on Gender and Sexuality 9:86-110

Group 7 

Maria Torok: The Significance of Penis Envy in Women in Chasseguet-Smirgel Female Sexuality New Psychoanalytic Views Karnac 1988