Open Seminar Series Contemporary work in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy


 Monash University School of Psychology and Psychiatry
Thursdays: 4 – 5.30 pm, 28 July – 1 September
Location: Mindful, Building C 50 Flemington Street, Flemington



Jacqueline Adler is a child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist with a background in social work and psychology. She is in private practice and teaches in the Masters of Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the VAPP training program in adult psychotherapy. She has a particular interest in infant observation and currently conducts infant observation seminars for the VAPP training program and for the RANZCP psychotherapy training.

Marell Lynch is the Area Manager West for Berry Street Take Two Intensive Therapeutic Services. Previously she has worked in CAMHS and extensively with children in and out of home care. Her background is psychology, social work, child psychotherapy and family therapy.

Susan Selwyn has held a long-standing appointment with Monash University in clinical teaching and individual supervision for the Master of Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy programme. She has extensive clinical experience in psychotherapy and clinical psychology both in the public and private sectors with infants, young children, adolescents and adults. Sue was the founding President of the Victorian Association of Child Psychotherapists, and more recently Chair of Ethics for the VAPP.

Registration is essential. Places are limited so please be sure to register your attendance early. No registrations or payment will be accepted on the day. Refunds are not possible, but designation of another person to attend in your place will be accepted. Registration closes 21 July 2011 and registration and credit card payment must be made prior to this date through under the category "School of Psychology and Psychiatry".

Cost for the complete series of six seminars is $198 (GST Inclusive).






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Seminars 1 and 2: The Work of Frances Tustin (Jacqui Adler)



28 July



These seminars address the very primitive emotional states explored by Frances Tustin. Some of the unique concepts she developed through her work with autistic children are introduced. Tustin wrote about the presence of hidden autistic encapsulated states in non-autistic children and adults, and how these states, if undiscovered can hinder and impede progress in clinical work. Her work has been taken up by a number of contemporary psychoanalytic writers and clinicians and an international conference is held every two years where her ideas are further explored.



4 August



The work of Anne Alvarez (Marell Lynch)



11 August



Seminar 3


examines Alvarez’s early theoretical papers.

18 August



Seminar 4


considers what Alvarez contributes to the field of neurobiology and developmental psychology.

The work of Valerie Sinason (Susan Selwyn)



25 August



Seminar 5


Sinason’s work with a psychoanalytic understanding of the debilitating psychological outcomes of severe learning disorders and of multiple disabilities.Clinical vignettes and case examples will be given of her frankness underlying effective treatment.

1 September



Seminar 6


Treatment of clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder and victims of ritual abuse.