APPWA Events

Upcoming APPWA Events can be found below:


Dr Eng-Kong TAN

Saturday 31st August and half day Sunday 1st September
APPWA is delighted to announce that DR ENG-KONG TAN MBBS,MPM,FRANZCP, a medical practitioner, consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, will be coming to Perth to present two seminars on 31st August and 1st September. The seminars will explore the concepts of mindfulness and spirituality within a psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic framework. APPWA highly recommends you experiencing the unique offering Dr Tan brings to psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

PAST EVENTS - Core Concepts Seminar Series - 2018-2019

October 6th 2018 to May 25th 2019
In response to past event attendees' requests, APPWA Members facilitated a series of seminars exploring core concepts in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. These included: Why be a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who is evidenced based; Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - scope, frame, setting & patient selection ; Assessment; Infant Observation and Developmental Perspectives; Transference and Counter-transference; Defences; and a summary Case discussion.

Past Events - Pam Shein - Psychoanalyst - Impact of the Absent Object

Saturday 9th March 2019
Pam Shein, Psychoanalyst, presented a paper looking at the experience of a young girl in psychoanalysis who was unable to tolerate the impact of the absent object. Pam exquisitely described the little girl's journey about separation, via the transference and countertransference, using adhesive identification to projection and projective identification. The little girl's use of omnipotent defences to survive.

Past Events - Neville Symington, Psychoanalyst - The Healer's Task

Tuesday - 6th November 2018
Renowned Psychoanalyst, Neville Symington, presented a one-off evening seminar on: What is the Healer's Task? & Where is the Medicine of Healing in Psycho-Analysis?

Eighty seminar attendees listened to Neville's presentation exploring the process of healing and the healing moment. The audience was invited to reflect upon the form and function of language and its' relationship to communication. This, together with qualities residing within the analyst, patient, and their medium, enliven a co-created space for 'working through' to occur. Neville regaled a rich array of past exchanges with eminent analysts that had both left an imprint on his thinking and influenced the way he engages in his work. Neville was once again an illuminating presence conveying a deep understanding of the human experience and its' impermanence within the universal permanence.


2018 Friday May 4th to Tuesday May 8th May, Perth, WA
Dr Jeanne Magagna undertook a whirlwind tour of Perth during which she presented seminars at 7 different events. Her warmth and engaging personal style provided a supportive cradle for audience participation and discussion on topics such as omnipotent defensiveness, the transferential relationship, creativity, despair, early intervention / prevention, anorexia and the importance of a trilogue approach to treatment that actively incorporates psychotherapists, parents / carers / teachers and patient. She emphasised the positive neurological outcomes of psychotherapy and highlighted how successful intervention may provide patient's with improved capacity for containment of distress, increased empathy, and a stronger sense of connectedness with others.


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