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Lecture: Time In Practice, Analytical Perspectives On the Times of Our Lives

Mary Lynne Ellis
CPD Programme Institute for Psychotherapy and Social Studies (IPSS)

Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 10.30 – 12.30pm

Mary Lynne’s book: Time in Practice: Analytical Perspectives on the Times of Our Lives

Jessica Benjamin, Beyond Doer and Done with commentaries by, and panel participation of, Noreen O’Connor and Alan Norrie

Link to Podcast: Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Jessica Benjamin, Beyond Doer and Done with commentaries by, and panel participation of, Noreen O’Connor and Alan Norrie

Birkbeck College, University of London
Clore Management Centre, London WC1E 7JL

2 November 2017, 18:00 — 20:00

Booking: Free entry; booking required. For more information see Birkbeck University of London

Mourning’s Dissonance: Who am I Who Mourns and Whom do I Mourn?

AGIP (Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy),

1 Fairbridge Road,
London N19 3EW

Saturday 3 June 2017 from 10.30 – 12.30pm

£25, £20 AGIP Members, £10 trainees. To book, contact AGIP: tel: 020 7272 7013 or email office@agip.org.uk

For more information and to book online click on this link Mourning’s Dissonance

Self-Identity? Listen and Hear Exiles Speaking

Central Saint Martins Art College – 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT)

Dr. Noreen O’Connor:  Lecture in a series of interdisciplinary lectures organised by the MA in Gender Without Borders at Kingston University.

To book and for more details, please click the following link: Self-Identity? Listen and Hear Exiles Speaking

Mourning’s Dissonance

Central Saint Martins Art College – 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
Wednesday, 2 March 2016 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT)

Mary Lynne Ellis: Lecture in a series of interdisciplinary lectures organised by the MA in Gender Without Borders at Kingston University.

To book and for more details, please click the following link: Mourning’s Dissonance

Analytic Perspectives on Time in Therapy: A Workshop

CPD Programme at the London Art Therapy Centre, London N19 5JT
Saturday 14 March 2015. Owing to demand, repeated on 20 February 2016, and on 23 September 2017

10.00 – 4.00pm    £90 fully employed/employer funded; £80 part-employed; £60 students

Mary Lynne Ellis’s book Time in Practice; Analytical Perspectives on the Times of our Lives (Karnac 2008) is an original exploration of the importance in the analytical relationship of an attentiveness to lived, conscious and unconscious experiences of time. In this workshop, led by Mary Lynne, participants will use artwork to explore diverse interpretations of time in its continuities and discontinuities and in all its dimensions, past, present, and future.

The workshop will also include critical discussion of the explicit and implicit theories of time in the work of Freud, Jung, Klein and Winnicott. We will explore the contribution of modern European philosophers (Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Foucault) to psychoanalytic practices. In the light of their work we will reflect on how change occurs in the analytical relationship. The workshop is for art therapists, psychotherapists and counsellors (qualified and in training).

Intercultural Perspectives in Psychoanalytic Practice

Lectures for the MA in Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Refugee Therapy Centre, London N4 3RF, 2013 – 2014

Feminist Perspectives in Analytical Psychotherapy     Noreen O’Connor

Transference and Counter-transference     Mary Lynne Ellis

Gender and Sexuality     Mary Lynne Ellis

Speaking of Trauma - A one day workshopSpeaking of Trauma: A One-Day Workshop

Saturday, February 9th, 2013, 11 – 4.15 pm,
at PhilosPsyche, London N7

Fee: £65

How can we speak of traumatic experience, the shattering of a continuity of our sense of ourselves? How can we tell anyone of an ‘experience’ that is beyond our speech, beyond our imagination?

In this workshop, led by Mary Lynne Ellis and Noreen O’Connor, we shall focus on two principal relational aspects of responses to trauma:

(1)  of an individual either through a “bolt from the blue” of accidental incursion on an individual’s developmental historicity – including transgenerational infiltrations.

(2)  of a group, a country, a community, in which power is maintained by torture and murder – operating with varying rhetorical justifications.

What are the challenges to us as therapists when we listen to an individual’s struggles with the spectres of trauma? In the face of the invitation to witness? What are the possibilities and limitations of psychoanalytic theories in responding to the individual’s speaking (verbal and non-verbal) of such experiences? How can a phenomenological perspective extend our attunement to the effects of trauma?

We shall present a short individual case study for reflection with textual references to Freud, Jung, and Levinas. We will also discuss the film Nostalgia for the Light (2010) in which the Chilean director Guzmán poignantly, in the context of the legacy of the military dictatorship in Chile, raises questions in relation to our lived experiences of time and of memory.

Participants are encouraged to bring case material and their reflections on the film, which we suggest that people view in advance of the workshop. The course will be of interest to qualified counsellors and therapists whose trainings have been in, or included studies in, psychoanalytic theory or analytical psychology.

12th Chilean Congress of Psychotherapy
The Other: that Great Diversity

23 – 26th August 2012 at Reñaca, Chile

Presentation by Mary Lynne Ellis, Speaking of Sexualities: the Clinical Contribution of Merleau-Ponty and Foucault. Chair: Claudio Martinez, PhD., Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.

Dialogue: Mary Lynne Ellis and Rodrigo de la Fabian, PhD, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. The Politics of Listening.

Mary Lynne Ellis: Clinical Supervision Workshop.

Conference: Recognition and Intersubjectivity

22nd August, 2012 at Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile

Presentation by Mary Lynne Ellis: Dynamic Identities; Time and Recognition. With discussant Rodrigo de la Fabian, PhD., Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. Chair: Claudio Martinez, PhD., Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.

Phenomenology in Practice: A One-Day Workshop

Saturday March 24th, 11- 4.15 pm at PhilosPsyche, Tufnell Park, N7 Fee: £60

The philosophical perspective of phenomenology influenced Freud, R.D. Laing and, more recently, contemporary relational psychoanalysts. What is phenomenology? How can a phenomenological perspective enhance our sensitivity to the meanings of our clients’/patients’ descriptions of their lived conscious and unconscious experiences?

We will explore key concepts in the phenomenological work of Merleau-Ponty and Levinas. Notions of embodiment, time (past, present and future), and language are integral to our relationships with each other. We will reflect on the relevance of a phenomenological perspective in understanding the meanings of symptoms such as trauma, addiction, and psychosomatic symptoms in our practice.

The day, led by Mary Lynne Ellis and Noreen O’Connor, will include short presentations and small-group discussions. Participants are encouraged to bring clinical examples for discussion. The course will be of interest to people whose trainings have been in, or included studies in, psychoanalytic theory or analytical psychology.

Identities and Differences; Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Class in the Analytical Relationship

Saturday 26th February 2011, 10.30am – noon

In this talk Mary Lynne Ellis and Noreen O’Connor aim to address the concerns voiced by many analysts as to how to explore the complexities of individuals’ articulations of their identities and differences within the analytical relationship. Through our presentation of clinical material we will reflect on questions raised by our patients regarding their conscious and unconscious experiences of their identities in relation to their sexuality, gender, class, and cultural backgrounds. As our recent book, Questioning Identities: Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Practice (Karnac 2010), emphasizes, such identities are inter-related, consciously and unconsciously, and, for every individual, shift in emphasis. We will discuss how we can develop a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective which also draws on some 20th and 21st century philosophical concepts of, for example, embodiment and language (from the work of Foucault, Merleau-Ponty, Butler, and Levinas), to address questions of individuals’ self-identities. We will also reflect on contributions from autobiography and fiction (Eva Hoffman and Audre Lorde,) which are relevant to this theme.

Venue: Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy,

1 Fairbridge Road, London N19 3EW

Questioning Identities; Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Practice

Seminar Series: January – April 2011            Venue: Tufnell Park, London

(Repeated owing to demand September – December 2011)

These seminars, led by Mary Lynne Ellis and Noreen O’Connor, the authors of Questioning Identities: Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Practice (Karnac, 2010), will focus on key themes in the book. In our experience, questions of identities and differences which emerge in the analytical relationship are often challenging for analytical psychotherapists/analysts.

In the first half of the session a theme from the book will be presented for discussion in the group. The second half will provide an opportunity for small group supervision of clinical work relating to questions of identity brought by course participants.

The course will be of interest to people whose trainings have been in, or included studies in, psychoanalytic theory or analytical psychology.

Mind/Body Relationships
Saturday January 22nd, 10.30 – 1.00pm

“Is it all in the mind?” In the analytical relationship mind/body metaphors frequently express individuals’ despair and suffering: “I can’t sleep”, “My work is killing me”, “I can’t have sex”. We will explore the philosophical/historical roots of the mind/body dualisms inherent in classical psychoanalytic theories. We will consider how the critiques of these (Cartesian) dualisms offered by 20th century philosophers Levinas and Foucault offer can open out different possibilities of conceptualizing/ responding to such expressions of pain in our clinical work.

Gender and Sexuality
Saturday 19th February, 10.30 – 1.00pm

In this seminar we will discuss the limitations of some psychoanalytic theories of gender and sexuality. We will consider how the perspectives of Merleau-Ponty (the phenomenologist), Foucault, and Judith Butler in relation to embodiment and language can contribute to the development of a clinical practice which takes into account the socio-historical and cultural in interpretations of gender and sexuality in the analytical relationship.

Race and Class
Saturday 26th March, 10.30 – 1.00 pm

How can psychoanalytic theorizing and practices develop in order to respond to individuals’ conscious and unconscious experiences of their identities in relation to their class and cultural backgrounds? We will focus on the work of the psychoanalyst Fanon (who was influenced by 20th century European philosophy) and the phenomenologist, Merleau-Ponty, as well as the autobiographical work of Audre Lorde and Eva Hoffman in order to elucidate this question.

Speaking of Language
Saturday April 9th, 10.30 – 1.00 pm

What is the “talking cure”? Wittgenstein writes of language as a “form of life”. What is the relation between language and experience? Does psychoanalysis reveal to us the “contents” of our “inner” worlds or does the language (verbal and non-verbal) between analyst and patient itself open out possibilities of living differently? We will explore how the theorizing of Levinas and Foucault offers us new ways of thinking about the role of language in our experiences of our existences and our identities.