APPI Congress 2019: ‘Is Trauma Real?’

Saturday 16th November 2019
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire

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“Is it not remarkable that, at the origin of the analytic experience, the real should have presented itself in the form of that which is unassimilable in it – in the form of the trauma…?” Lacan, Seminar XI, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis.

The traumatised analysand has been the focus of psychoanalysis since its inception, from the ‘shell shocked’ war veterans of Freud’s early clinic to the Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disordered clients of the modern clinic. However, the presentation has evolved in its symptomatology and the phantasy that binds it. In a society scarred by brutal acts of terrorism and destabilised by incomprehensible breaches of trust by institutional authorities, can the signifier still function as  a commandment “even in the field of jouissance”? (Soler, 2005, p23). How do Lacanian psychoanalysts differ from the other post-Freudians in the treatment of this neurosis?

Keynote address by Martin J. Daly, Psychoanalyst

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APPI AGM, 27 March 2020.

APPI Annual General Meeting
Friday 27th March 2020 at 7pm
Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Contemporary Clinical Pathways in the treatment of Eating Disorders: 28 September 2019

Saturday 28th September 2019
Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

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Speaker: Harriet Parsons, Training & Development Manager, Bodywhys, and former Chair of APPI.
A clinical conversation on treating those affected by eating disorders, and their carers. This event will include an opportunity for the presentation of case material.

Harriet Parsons Training & Development Manager at Bodywhys and a former Chair of APPI. A graduate of DBS and the St Vincent’s MSc programme, she also works as a psychotherapist in private practice at the Lumina Psychotherapy practice in Dun Laoghaire.

Those interested in presenting a case during the final closed session of this seminar, please contact for more details.

Places are limited so those interested in attending are advised to book as soon as possible.

1.30 Registration

2.00 – 2.15 Welcome, Helena Texier, Chair APPI

2.14 – 4.00 Presentation by Harriet Parsons

4.00 – 4.30 Break

4.30 – 5.45 Case material and clinical conversation

5.45 – 6.00 Closing comments

Who should attend: This event is open to members and students from all psychotherapy modalities, psychiatrists, medical doctors and anyone working clinically. It is not open to the general public.

What is Lacanian Psychoanalysis? With Bruce Fink. 11.05.2019


Saturday 11th May 2019

Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2.

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Following on from the work of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan a young psychiatrist and psychoanalyst revolutionised the way we see & use Psychoanalysis today. From his statement that the unconscious is structured like a language and his use of topology, to his theories on desire & the mirror stage, the way we view & deal with the individual in the Psychoanalytic Clinic has been transformed by this unique approach. Introduced into Ireland by Cormac Gallagher, Lacanian Psychoanalysis is now widely used within Irish Psychoanalytic circles.
The aim of the day will be to question; What is Lacanian Psychoanalysis and it’s role within the Clinic? How does it differ from other Psychoanalytic approaches? What are the benefits of using this approach?
The day is aimed at Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychoanalysts from all traditions and the general public.
Along with our keynote speaker Bruce Fink, we will have five additional papers & a panel discussion to both illuminate and grapple with these very questions. Speakers on the day are Terry Ball, Denice Brett, Elizabeth Monahan, Florencia Shanahan & Andrea Tcacui.
Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor who trained in France with the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne in Paris. He has translated several of Lacan’s works into English—including Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English, Seminar XX: Encore, Seminar VI, Desire and its Interpretation, and Seminar VIII, Transference—and is the author of numerous books on Lacan, including The Lacanian Subject, A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Lacan to the Letter, Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique, Against Understanding (2 volumes), and Lacan on Love. Most recently, he published A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice. A board member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, he has also penned several mysteries involving a character loosely based on Jacques Lacan: The Psychoanalytic Adventures of Inspector Canal, Death by Analysis, Odor di Murderer/Scent of a Killer, and The Purloined Love.
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CPD points available for attendance

APPI AGM: 29.03.2019

APPI Annual General Meeting 2019
Friday 29th March 2019 at 7p.m.
Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2,
D02 R598

Dreams and Sleep, Darian Leader Seminar: 09.02.2019


Saturday 9th February 2019
11.30- 14.30
Grand Canal Hotel, Grand Canal Street Upper, D04 X5X7

How and why do we sleep? What keeps us awake?

Darian Leader, psychoanalyst and author, weaves together cultural, social, economic and psychoanalytic influences in pursuit of the truth about insomnia

One in three adults sleeps badly. Sleeping pill prescriptions have increased dramatically over recent times. Bookshelves and browser histories are littered with experts promising to ‘fix’ our insomnia.

But is this so-called sleep crisis anything new? It seems our relationship to sleep has always been irregular and changeable, shaped by social conventions, commercial imperatives and personal psychologies. Beneath the headlines and the promised ‘cures’, it seems that there is no such thing as a perfect night’s sleep.

Darian Leader reveals the history and pathology of sleeplessness – from the industrial revolution to Freudian dream analysis to the fears around blue light on our phones. Along the way, he dispels the pervasive myths and anxieties around this most universal human experience.


Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and the author of Introducing Lacan, Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?, Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late, Freud’s Footnotes, Stealing the Mona Lisa, Why do People Get Ill (co-written with David Corfield), The New Black, What Is Madness, Strictly Bipolar, and Hands.

He practises psychoanalysis in London, and he is a member of the College of Psychoanalysts and a founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.


Photo Credit: Angus Muir

3 CPD points for attendance

Psychoanalysis in the Shadow of Dictatorship. 11.01.2019

dictatorshipFriday 11 January 2019
19:30 – 21:30 GMT

The Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, D02 E044 Dublin

Rafael Alves Lima is a psychoanalyst and member of the Laboratory of Social Theory, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (LATESFIP-USP), member of the Clinical Network of Jacques Lacan Laboratory (IP-USP), member of the Margens Clínicas collective which offers psychoanalytic assistance to victims of Brazilian State violence, and former member of the Testimonial Clinics project, with the Ministry of Justice of the Federal Government (Brazil). He is visiting the UK for three months from the University of São Paulo, where he investigates the history of psychoanalysis during the Brazilian military dictatorship. He is the author of (translated titles): “For a Foucaultian historiography for psychoanalysis: power as method” (Via Lettera, 2015). Organizer of “Clinicity: psychoanalysis between generations” (Juruá, 2015). Co-organizer of “For a revolutionary psychoanalysis: Otto Gross” (Annablume, 2018) and “Biopolitics and Psychoanalysis” (Via Lettera, in press).

Psychoanalytic theory and practice is located within contemporary socio-cultural discourse and operates in some kind of “relation” to political regimes. To help us think about this, Rafael will speak about the challenges for psychoanalysis of new authoritarian political regimes and recent trends towards populism. What are the effects for psychoanalysis of the decline of traditional forms of authority, traditional institutions, and the increasingly polemical and uncivil nature of public and political discourse? In Brazil, the current political situation has led to the grave situation in which Jair Bolsonaro has become President of the country and there are real threats that psychoanalysis in Brazil will inevitably have to deal with. The seminar will assess the role of authority and leadership, and the impact of socio-cultural and political changes on current and future practice of psychoanalysis, with a special analysis of the situation in Brazil.

2 CPD points awarded

Man Deserts: 10.11.2018.

mandesertsSaturday 10 November 2018
9.15am to 5pm
The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire (Martello Suite)

The EC of APPI are delighted to present ‘Man Deserts – Where Have All The Fathers Gone?’ This event will be co-hosted with IFPP. The conference will debate the propositions in Rob Weatherill’s book The Anti-Oedipus Complex, Lacan, Critical Theory and Postmodernism (Routledge 2017) and will consider the relevance of the symbolic father in contemporary psychoanalysis. The event will take place in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 10 November 2018 from 9am to 5pm. We are pleased to welcome Dorothee Bonnigal-Katz, a psychoanalyst living and working in London, who will speak at the event.Dorothee recently presented a paper entitled From Machismo to Medusa: The Question of Masculinity and Maternal Omnipotence at ‘The Fragile Phallus’; an event at the Freud Museum in London which examined the notions of ‘fragile’ and ‘toxic’ masculinity. We are also delighted to have strong representations from APPI on our speaking panels and we look forward to a lively day of energetic debate and engagement.

Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz is a psychoanalyst and a translator. She is a member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, UKCP, CPJA and CP–UK. She is the founder and clinical lead of the Psychosis Therapy Project, a specialist psychoanalytic therapy project for people experiencing psychosis. Her work as a translator includes a number of psychoanalytic texts such as Dominique Scarfone’s Laplanche: An Introduction (2015) and The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious (2016). Her latest translation, Laurence Kahn’s Apathy, Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Patient recently came out in the New Library of Psychoanalysis series (Routledge, 2018).


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