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The Clinic of Discreet Madness: Work Psychoanalytically with couples

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In keeping with APPI’s two-year theme Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century the Executive Committee and the Education Action Group are delighted that Marie Walshe has designed and will deliver a two part short course: The Clinic of Discreet Madness: Working Psychoanalytically with couples.

Despite Lacan's oft-repeated assertion that 'there is no sexual rapport', the sexual couple in a stable relationship continues to be an enduring social phenomenon and ideal relationship for most subjects. In addition to the couples formed by his analysands, various other relationships benefited from Freud's discovery of the key psychoanalytic concepts of the unconscious, transference, repetition, and the drive, including, for instance, Little Hans' parents and the parents of Dora.

The "discreet madness" of our analysands on the couch, whether Romeos or Juliets, is the focus of much of our work with individual subjects. Working with the couple, both Romeo and Juliet together on the couch, requires a modulation of our work, a different set of acts. This module will examine the clinic of the couple, the psychoanalytic foundation of that clinic, the typical symptoms and dilemmas presented. It will include an introduction to the principles of other therapeutic applications including systemic, Bowenian and EFT therapy. Who is the course for? Practitioners wishing to extend their practice to working with couples who take this module will gain an appreciation of the difficulties to be faced in modulating their work to facilitate a dyad as the analysand. It is also designed for practitioners who are already working with couples and who wish to upskill and acquire a CPD qualification. The module also offers an opportunity for practitioners working with young people to broaden their understanding of the working of this system as a symptomatic construct.

Workshop 1 Theoretical Component Saturday 15 September 2018 09.00 – 13.00

Workshop 2 Practical Applications Saturday 22 September 2018 09.00 - 13.00


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