APPWA Events

Upcoming APPWA Events can be found below:


Past Events - Dr John McClean

26th October 2019
APPWA and participants enjoyed the return to Perth of Dr John McClean, a Sydney based training analyst, who presented a very accessible seminar on understanding the distinction between mourning and melancholia. The movie "Mr Holmes" was used as a catalyst to thinking about the importance of being able to re-embrace into the psyche the 'lost good objects.'

Past Events - Dr Eng-Kong TAN

Saturday 31st August and half day Sunday 1st September 2019
APPWA was delighted so many Perth colleagues were able to enjoy the nourishing experience of DR ENG-KONG TAN. Dr Tan explored how psychoanalytic psychotherapy can benefit from applying Mindfulness Skills and Techniques for the Therapist, the Client and the Therapeutic Process. Psychotherapists who practice mindfulness meditations improve their establishment and maintenance of an evenly suspended attention. It also promotes a capacity for a necessary holding, caring and compassionate psychological posture and helps the therapist manage challenging countertransferential moments.

When the client also learns to engender and remain in mindfulness as much as possible, the therapeutic process increases in efficacy. The collaborative co-mindfulness opens up time, space and safety for speaking and bearing with the previously unspeakable and unbearable. Such interpersonal mindfulness invites and sustains the deep, meaningful, and integrative analytic process. Therapeutic repair of inevitable ruptures occurs much more readily and competently.

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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