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A tribute to the work of Cormac Gallagher

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A Tribute to the Work of Cormac Gallagher


The symptom of the psychoanalytic group and the transmission of psychoanalysis


The School of Psychotherapy at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and UCD School of Medicine will hold a two-day international conference on 30th November – 1st December 2018 in UCD Belfield, Dublin. The topic of the conference addresses the challenge for those in the field of psychoanalysis to follow psychoanalysis and to accurately represent it so that it can be encountered and can intervene effectively in 21st century civilisation and its discontents.

Psychoanalysis offers a very specific practice position for the treatment of mental suffering. It provides a rigorous theoretical basis which articulates mental phenomena both normal and pathological. It is founded on the account of the dynamics of unconscious mental functioning proposed in the work of Sigmund Freud. It requires its practitioners undergo an extensive experience of psychoanalysis. With these fundamentals in mind how can psychoanalytic practitioners and the psychoanalytic group carry out the task of transmitting the knowledge and experience of psychoanalysis to other practitioners in the field of the mental, as well as generally?

Freud discovered early in his work that resistance accompanies the work of analysis ‘step by step’. Psychoanalysts are not off the hook regarding resistance. Do psychoanalytic groups risk joining other forces of explicit denigration in forming around collective resistance to the psychoanalytic field, to what Freud opened up? How best can a psychoanalytic group carry out the task of representation to provide a potential encounter with the field, with subjectivity? Can there be a symptom of the group which can advance the field creatively, productively and at the same time psychoanalytically?

The conference will hear constructive discussion in response to these questions. It will have very strong relevance for any practitioner in the field of the mental who grapples with a question about the theoretical basis and clinical direction of their practice. The conference will include contributions from psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and group analysts.

The conference is a tribute to the work of Cormac Gallagher which launched and has grown Lacanian psychoanalysis in Ireland through his practice, his teaching, his setting up, with colleagues, the School of Psychotherapy in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and his internationally valued translations of the work of Jacques Lacan (www.lacaninireland.com).

Speakers include: Jean Allouch (Paris), Gérard Amiel (Grenoble), Lionel Bailly (London), Terry Ball (Dublin), Maria Belo (Lisbon), Mary Cullen (Dublin), Marion Deane (Dublin), Donat Desmond (Derry), Christian Fierens (Brussels), Peter Gunn (Melbourne), Tony Hughes (Dublin), Terence Larkin (Dublin), Guy Le Gaufey (Paris), Robert Levy (Paris), Patricia McCarthy (Dublin), Malachi McCoy (Dublin), Charles Melman (Paris), Gerard Moore (Dublin), Barry O’Donnell (Dublin), C. Edward Robins (New York), Helen Sheehan (Dublin), Brendan Staunton (Dublin), Shay Ward (Dublin)

Qualifies for 14 External CPD points from the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

This event has been approved for Learning Credits for the members of the PSI: PSI members attending this event will earn 4 Credits for each day attended.

Provisional programme

Friday 30th November

8.15: Registration

9.00: Opening remarks: Prof. Muiris Fitzgerald

Session 1: Chair: Dermot Hickey

9.10: Barry O’Donnell: Refuse Collection

9.35: Malachi McCoy: The hole of the Hospital

10.00: Mary Cullen: Lacan’s pursuit of the psychoanalytic discourse

10.25: Donat Desmond: Working with Trauma - the pitfall of burnout

10.45: Discussion

10.55. Break

Session 2: Chair: Stephanie Metcalfe

11.25: Helen Sheehan: The imagos of Freud and Lacan: towards understanding structure.

11.50: Peter Gunn: Writing Out of School

12.15: Brendan Staunton: Four Concluding Moments with Cormac

12.40: Discussion

12.50: Lunch

Session 3: Chair: James O’Connor

2.10: Gerard Moore: Come out from behind the Couch(s)

2.35: Ed Robins: Theatricality & The Perversion of Power: A Lacanian Key to Donald Trump

3.00: Terry Ball: Transmission, Transference and the Psychoanalytic Act

3.25: Discussion

3.40: Break

Session 4: Chair: Donna Redmond

4.10: Robert Levy: Existe t il un espace qui garantisse la transmission de la psychanalyse?

4.40: Maria Belo: Le psychanalyste s’authorise de soi-même… et de quelques autres

5.10: Discussion

6.00: Wine reception

Saturday 1st December

Session 4: Chair: Mary Cullen

9.00: Shay Ward: The Transmission of Psychoanalysis to Trainees and Consultant Psychiatrists. How Do We Show the Relevance of Psychoanalysis to Psychiatry?

9.25: Patricia McCarthy: Sursum Corda (Let us lift up our hearts)

9.50: Jean Allouch: Où il y a symptôme et sinthome

10.40: Discussion

11.00: Break

Session 5: Chair: Barry O’Donnell

11.30: Charles Melman: Qu'est-ce que la vérité pour un psychanalyste? [What is the truth for a psychoanalyst?]

12.10: Discussion

12.30: Lunch

Session 6: Chair: Ros McCarthy

1.45: Guy Le Gaufey: The Logical basis of analytic solitude

2.15: Terence Larkin: tbc

2.40: Marion Deane: Reality: from Indo-European to the Internet

3.05: Lionel Bailly: Doing to Lacan what he did to Freud

3.30: Discussion

3.40: Break

Session 7: Chair: TBC

4.10: Gérard Amiel: An eternal love of paranoia

4.40: Tony Hughes: A Borromean Approach to the Transmission of Psychoanalysis

5.05: Christian Fierens: To move or not to move - From a group’s symptom to a transmission through the sinthome

5.35: Discussion

5.50: Closing remarks

6.00: End of conference

8.00: Conference Dinner (Beaufield Mews, Stillorgan)

For further information see www.tsop.ie or contact info@tsop.ie

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