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The Self Divided: Stories of Madness

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The Self Divided:
Stories of Madness

(4 CPD points awarded by ICP)


Severe mental illness presents many challeneges to mental health practitioners. Whilst diagnosis of disorders such as schizophrenia, border line personality disorder or bi polar depression can be designated by psychiatry the treatment modality is often not as straighforward. R.D. Laing the scottish psychiatrist challenged psychiatry's reliance on pharmacology as a treatment and pioneered listening to patients and taking their descriptions as their lived exeriences.

The Irish government is currently re imagining the Irish mental health strategy, A Vision for Change and this will be an opportunity to develop and enhance services and treatment modalities to those dealing with severe mental illness.

In light of this, this seminar will hear first hand the approach that Ronald Laing pioneered. Haya Oakley worked directly with Laing and will share her experiences and the insights she gained. We are also delighted that the writer Patrick McCabe is generously presenting how his art, his literary contributions, can provide a glimpse inside the often unsettling and frightening experience of severe mental illness.


10-1130am Haya Oakley in conversation with Ross Skelton

Haya Oakley

Haya Oakley has been practising psychoanalysis in London since 1968. After a brief spell at the David Cooper ‘anti-university’ group she joined the Philadelphia Association where she worked with R.D. Laing and colleagues, training psychotherapists and working in ‘therapeutic households’. In 1997 she set up, with others, The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has been a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists since 1982 and is a founder member of The College of Psychoanalysts UK and Honorary Fellow of UKCP.

Ross Skelton

Ross Skelton established the degree courses in clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis in Trinity Council. He has published numerous articles on psychoanalysis and logic as well as studies on Louis MacNeice. His Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis (2006) took seven years to write and won the Distinguished Academic Publication Choice Award. An Associate Professor of Philosophy (emeritus), he is currently a practising psychoanalyst and lives in Dublin

1130-12pm coffee break


12-130pm Patrick McCabe in conversation with Dr. Olga Cox Cameron


Patrick McCabe

Patrick Mc Cabe is the author of several novels, including The Butcher Boy (1992), which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction; The Dead School (1995), and Breakfast on Pluto (1998).

The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

Winterwood was published in 2006, and was named the 2007 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year. His short stories have been published in the Irish Times and the Cork Examiner and his work has been broadcast by RTÉ in Ireland and the BBC.

Olga Cox Cameron

Dr Olga Cox Cameron is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Dublin for the past twenty nine years. She lectured in Psychoanalytic Theory and also in Psychoanalysis and Literature at St. Vincent's University Hospital and Trinity College from 1991 to 2013 She has published numerous articles on these topics in national and international journals. She is the founder of the annual Irish Psychoanalysis and Cinema Festival, now in its tenth year.

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