New SITE Introductory Course in Truro

An Introduction to the Site training in Clinical Psychoanalysis

The Site for contemporary psychoanalysis is one of the most successful London based psychoanalytic trainings. It is this success that has made possible the setting up of a sister training in Truro, a now well established regional UKCP registered  training. In addition to the training, the Site Cornwall is now offering a 9 week introductory course. This course is an introduction to the Site training, as well as an introduction to clinical psychoanalysis.

The Site is well known for its critical and comparative engagement with the theories and practices of psychoanalysis. Rather than being rooted in one body of psychoanalytic thought, the training explores the different psychoanalytic schools—Lacanian, Object Relations, Kleinian, Relational, Jungian, Freudian—and reflects on the place of those schools within the contemporary social field. This course will introduce you to the breadth and diversity of  psychoanalysis as well as the Site’s distinctive approach.

Who would this course interest?

If you are already working as a counsellor, it  is an opportunity to broaden your knowledge base within the field of psychoanalysis and to  enhance your clinical practice. It will also give you the opportunity to learn about different supervision approaches. If you are thinking of doing a psychoanalytic training, then this course will give you a broad introduction to the ideas and practices that a training will involve. The course will also be of interest to those who want to find out more about the relevance of psychoanalysis to the dilemmas and conflicts of contemporary life.

There will be information available about the Site training and attendance certificates for CPD purposes. Once you have booked, reading lists for each seminar will be available.

Who teaches the course?

The course is run by the Site SW training committee and all the seminar leaders are active members of the Site in the SW.

What will be taught?

Consistent with the Site’s critical and comparative engagement with contemporary thinking and practices, the syllabus is refreshed every year. The 2017 teaching programme is still being finalised. Last year’s seminars can be seen below. Please contact Dr Sally Sales (details below) for further information.

Date & times

The course will run on a Thursday evening between 6.00 and 8.00 from May 11th to July 6th 2017.


The seminars will take place at Pendeen Room, Epiphany House, Kenwyn, Truro, TR1 3DR

Epiphany House is a mile from Truro Town centre

For directions see

Cost & Booking

The course is £140.  To book please complete the form HERE by April 12, 2017

For further enquires Dr Sally Sales can be contacted on 01726 870169 or

2016 Seminar Programme 

May 12th: What is psychoanalysis? (Sally Sales)

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

May 19th: Locating psychoanalysis in the wider psychotherapy field (Lyn Meyer & Karen Jackson)

This seminar will locate psychoanalysis within the broader field of psychotherapy, exploring the ways that psychoanalytic thinking is both different from and similar to other forms of psychotherapy

May 26th: Important figures 1 Klein (Linda Buckingham)

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

June 2nd: Important figures 2 Winnciott & object relations (Ilric Shetland)

Ilric will introduce the thinking and clinical work of Winnicott and the object relations tradition with which he is strongly associated.

June 9th: Important figures  3 Lacan (Sally Sales)

Sally will introduce the very different tradition of psychoanalysis that Lacan established in the 1950s and 60s in France.

June 16th: What is psychoanalytic supervision? (Linda Buckingham & Ilric Shetland)

This seminar will discuss the role and practice of supervision across different psychoanalytic traditions

June 23rd: What is critique on a psychoanalytic training?  (Sally Sales)

The Site training is known for its critical and comparative ethos. This seminar will discuss how critique informs the teaching and clinical practice

Course Teachers

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 3 year project on adoption, kinship and class. Her most recent publications are Adoption, Family and the paradox of Origins: A Foucauldian History (2012) and ‘Contested attachments: rethinking adoptive kinship in the era of open adoption’ (Child and Family Social Work, March 2013).

Lyn Meyer trained with the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is a member of the Site Council and the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian studies. She has a practice as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a Clinical Supervisor.

Karen Jackson trained with the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and practices as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in the West of Cornwall. She has also worked for the past sixteen years as a Counsellor for the University of Falmouth and the University of Exeter in Cornwall

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

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 low cost clinic in Cornwall.