The IPAA 2019 conference will cover themes of the theory and practice of Ferenczi and the Budapest School including:
Innovations in therapeutic approach.
Counter-transference in the therapeutic relationship.
A therapeutic model for treatment of Adult Survivors of Sexual abuse.
Balint Groups and Multi Disciplinary Team approaches in Health Service settings.
Final Programme 09.30 Registration 10.00 Welcome 10.05 President’s Address – A Budapest State of Mind – Fergal Brady 10.45 Dr Marcus Bowman – The Development and Consequences of Freud’s Seduction Theory 11.10 Coffee Break 11.30 Dr Arnold Rachmann – The Evil Genius of Psychoanalysis 13.00 Lunch 14.00 IPAA@The Movies – A special documentary on Ferenczi made as part of the ‘Major Figures of the 20th century series’ – Introduced by Dr Judith Mezaros 15.00 Dr Judit Mezaros – ‘Why Ferenczi Today? 15.20 Coffee & Animated Short: The Confusion of Tongues – Em Cooper (2018 Emmy Nominee). 15.40 Dr Arnold Rachman – ‘The Confusion of Tongues’ 16.00 Panel Session – Chair: Ros Forlenza 16.20 Bringing Psychoanalysis To The NHS: The Balint Group – Christine Christie 17.00 Video presentation: Circumcision, Self-analysis and Countertransference by Robin Buick RHA. 17.45 Conference Close
In this workshop, we will work with ‘the pain that heals’ with the archetype of the Wounded Healer, with what is wounded within us that still needs to be released, and we will
learn how to Heal from Within. No healing can happen from a closed heart. We
need to value our vulnerability and in doing so our hearts will open.
Compassion is where our heart pain will lead us. Join me for a two-day workshop on Healing Your Heart.
At the Irish Psycho-Analytical Association this week much of our usual dialogue has been replaced by talk of the opera. In particular the opera Thais by Massenet.
In Thais, a Cenobite Monk, Atanael, travels to the city of his birth to try to convert Thais, a courtesan and priestess of Venus. He is warned against this course of action by others advising that he will suffer the revenge of Venus. He and Thais have a long and dramatic journey together replete with the conflict between earthly love and the eternal love of god in heaven.
Ferenczi (1873-1933) was one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis. He
became a student of Freud in 1908 and remained a close associate of his for the
rest of his life. A Hungarian of Jewish descent, he lived and worked in
Budapest where he established one of the most innovative schools of
psychoanalysis outside Freud’s Vienna. Read more…
At the Irish Psycho-Analytical Association we have been having conversations about the current political upheavals. This week marks the expiry of the time period during which the U.K. was to leave the European Union. As we write it is not clear what kind of withdrawal agreement is going to be in place, if any.
The splitting from Europe is worrying on the island in no small part not only for economic reasons but also for what it might mean for the future of the Good Friday Agreement. Read more…
We asked Dr Marcus Bowman to tell us a little about Seduction Theory an area he will discuss at IPAA19 on May 11. Read on for a brief preview of his presentation…
“In the 1890s Freud was trying to clarify what were the factors leading to the psycho-neuroses – that is, hysteria and obsessional neurosis.
Freud knew that one common kind of trauma that could result in hysteria was so-called “seduction” in childhood, in other words, the induction by an adult of a child into some kind of sexual activity. Read more…
We asked IPAA President Fergal Brady to tell us a little more about The Budapest School and why it is important for psychoanalysts today….
I want to take a few minutes to address a question we are being asked in relation our IPAA Conference 19. What is the Budapest School?
“I suppose it’s only fair to say that it was not a School in the first instance in that there was never a single location or a lineage of teachers who were working from a particular point of view.
The Hungarian Psychoanalytic Society was
founded by Sandor Fereczi and three others in 1913. It was as much a cultural
phenomenon as anything else and involved some of the burgeoning Avant Garde
scene in Budapest at the time. It was a creative multidisciplinary group which
included literary and medical influences. Something of that early spirit is
retained and included in the innovative and creative approach to the work of
psychoanalysis that grew out of those beginnings.
Sandor Ferenczi himself was the catalyst
for great change, but sadly, great change that would not relay even properly
take hold until long after his premature death from pernicious anaemia at just
59 years of age.
His fearless instinct for the therapeutic
encounter and acute listening to his patients led to some innovations which we
are only reaping today and which through this conference we hope to bring to a
wider audience in Ireland. There is a focus put on the countertransference experience
of the analyst, the psychoanalytic training; the mother child relationship and
the doctor patient relationship. Relationship is key.
There were huge upheavals in Hungary over
the period in the sixty years after the foundation of the Hungarian
Psychoanalytic Society. This resulted in the exile to different part of the
World of some major Hungarian figures. These included Michael Balint, Margaret
Mahler. Melanie Klein was an analysand of Ferenczi’s, she had sought him out
for treatment of her depression. These Hungarians and many more brought the
essence of Ferenczi’s way of working to Psychoanalytic Societies the World
Listening acutely to his patients, especially his women patients led Ferenczi to develop theories and a way of working with trauma which differed from the views of Freud. We will describe and develop these ideas in the programme for our conference and hope to bring the attendees to a new level of understanding if what has become a major international movement within the psychoanalytic field, the Budapest School.”