Psychoanalysis and Mental Health Workshop Part 2

Saturday 4th March 2023
10:30 - 13:00 GMT
Carmelite Community Centre 56 Aungier Street D02 T258 Dublin 2


A Clinical Workshop with Florencia F. C. Shanahan.

In several countries around the world psychoanalysis is included in the academic and clinical training of mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers) as well as in the design and delivery of mental health services for adults and children. Even if this is not the case in Ireland, many practitioners oriented by psychoanalysis work and have worked in mental health and other institutional settings.

This second clinical workshop explores the question of diagnoses in mental health – its clinical and ethical importance for psychoanalysis, how it relates to the direction of the treatment and what that entails. In similar manner to the previous workshop in October, this workshop aims at interrogating the various possible relations between psychoanalysis and mental health, both from a theoretical perspective and from the point of view of its actual practice in a diversity of settings. It will be based on the elaboration of clinical situations.

This is proposed as a conversation where practitioners may question and debate the place and function of psychoanalysis today with regards to hegemonic models of understanding and approaching mental health, and explore the paradoxes inherent to working in the intersection of discourses.

This conversation will include an invited panel of APPI members: Linda Clarke, Susan McFeely, Rik Loose and Claire Hawkes – all of whom have been involved in a variety of mental health settings for many years. Emphasis will be placed on participation, discussion and inclusion of a diversity of experiences, with the aim of advancing Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis taking as departing point the actual practice sustained currently and in concrete contexts in Ireland.

Who is this event for?

This event will be of interest to those working in mental health including psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.


This is a clinical event in which clinical material will be discussed. Attendees asking questions and offering comments during the event must respect the confidentiality of clients by avoiding all identifying details. We expect all attendees to privilege any clinical material shared during the event, and to forebear from sharing it outside the event.


Two CPD points are awarded for this event.


The talk will not be recorded.

No recording is permitted.