Myth and Fairy Tale

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«MYTH AND FAIRY TALE: FROM NARRATIVE TO PSYCHOANALYTICAL SPEECH»

March 16-18 2018, ξενοδοχείο Divani Palace Acropolis


The aim of the conference is   to be a   space   of dialogue and exchange of thoughts and reflections in relation to the connection of psychoanalysis with the function of myths and fairy tales. As early as 1910, Freud, using the myth of Oedipus, emphasizes the inseparable relationship between mythology and psychoanalysis, while his reference to “mythical and historical” times is well known, distinguishing the unconscious from the conscious functions.

The Myth, always present in all times and places of human existence, was, among other things, an attempt to interpret the universe   , human nature and the forces that control it. In a symbolic way and through the archetypes of its structure, it metabolizes anxieties, passions and the inexplicable, transforming them into culture. Related to the Myth but also differentiated, the Fairy Tale as it is passed from generation to generation is the connecting web of each community   , a single nucleus of community evolution over time, offering the audience the “fairy tale”, the consolation. Narrator and audience through a constant interaction, using constant patterns and shaping new ones, preserve the memory and give the fairy tale its own historicity. Passing effortlessly from humans to animals and plants with an animistic, symbolic function they try to give meaning to the mental evolution and the conflicts that it presupposes.

In psychoanalysis and clinical practice the exploitation of Myths and Fairy Tales has always been active. In an attempt to explore the unconscious several times mythical archetypes come to symbolize impulses and conflicts, the relationship with the self and the object. Let us not forget that the therapist and the patient try to form their own narrative towards the “mythical monsters” of the unconscious, through the dream, the free association, the game but also through the “reading” of the transference – anti-transference movements.

In 1897 Freud wrote to Fliess  : one understands why Oedipus the Tyrant   highlights an impulse that we all recognize, because we all feel within us the traces of its existence.

 Invited speakers

Aggelopoulou Anna , Social Anthropologist, Psychoanalyst Sorbonne II Paris

Georgousopoulos Kostas , Author – Critic, Honorary Doctor of the University of Athens

Katrinaki Emmanuella, Dr. of Social Anthropology

Rustin Margaret, Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Center, Child Analyst and Clinical Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society

Rustin Michael, Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Center and at the University of Essex, Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society Continue reading “Myth and Fairy Tale”

Psychoanalysis in the era of the internet

Nisos Publications

Psychoanalysis in the era of the internet
Virtual reality and the unconscious
D. Anastasopoulos, A. Zacharia (edit.)

 

PSYCHOANALYSIS IN THE ERA OF THE INTERNETThe electronic media and cyberspace have become part of the conscious and unconscious control of reality, while in essence we are moving away from it. The operation of the internet (Skype) in the analytical session sets a complex parameter. Contrary to the controlled parameters of a psychoanalytic session, problems of unknown aetiology and treatment can arise here, even in the most familiar and equipped user. A first investigation is made of the formation of this new analytical environment, with references to its effect on fundamental factors of the analytical session, such as transfer-counter-transfer, resistances, context, nonverbal communication, absence of physical presence, ethics. Excerpts from clinical literature provide examples of therapeutic interaction in online psychotherapeutic communication. The goal is not to curse or idealize, but to highlight what the use of modern technology can and cannot offer to psychoanalysis and under which conditions.

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10th Syros Summer Workshop

Σύρος Ερμούπολις
Struggling with Integration

Since 1998 the Syros Summer Workshop on Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Studies has become a living tradition. The Workshop combines Greek island summer weather with psychoanalytic studies and takes place in the neoclassical building of the Hermoupolis Town-Hall in the Cycladic island of Syros. It is organised by the Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy under the auspices of EFPP. From the first Workshop (May 1998), EFPP and IPA members from all over Europe have been joining this event in this sunny and picturesque Greek island of the Aegean Sea.  Successful Workshops of the past enjoyed the presentations of invited speakers, like: Margot Waddell (U.K.), Jean Begoin, (France), Gianna Williams, (U.K.), Imre Szecsody, (Sweden), Roberto Basile (Italy), Luc Moyson (Belgium), Serge Frisch (Luxembourg), Prof. R.D. Hinshelwood, Majlis Winberg Salomonsson (Sweden). All presentations (theoretical and clinical) are discussed in small Anglophone and Francophone groups and then they are reported back to the plenary for a general discussion. The high quality of presentations in the plenary meetings and the exchange of ideas in the discussion groups, have always been characterised by a friendly atmosphere, the same atmosphere that has accompanied us after each day’s work to the seaside and the local tavernas. This is perhaps one of the reasons that most of the Syros Summer Workshop participants come back for the next event.

This year we invite you to the 10th Syros Summer Workshop 2nd-4th June 2017.

 The themes of the workshop will be: ‘Struggling with Integration’.

We are delighted to announce our three invited speakers: Continue reading “10th Syros Summer Workshop”

Narcissism and mental phenomena in adolescence

Nisos Publications

Narcissism and mental phenomena in adolescence
D. Anastasopoulos, A. Zacharia, M. Matsouka

 

Narcissism and mental phenomena in adolescenceAdolescence, as an autonomous stage and not as a simple transition from childhood to adulthood, is synonymous with provocation and self-sacrifice, unbridled selfishness and altruism. Limits are tested, imagination and fantasies gallop, mental movements intensify. Everything that happens is new but always reminiscent of something else. The multiple rapid physical and mental changes caused by the advent of puberty, with the emergence of impulses and changes in body image, mobilize adaptive mechanisms of similar intensity (such as regression, strengthening narcissism) and archaic mechanisms. Some of these mechanisms operate at levels of intensity and extent that blur the boundaries between normal and abnormal. Thus, phenomena appear which, while considered psychotic, in the adolescent – contrary to the adult – do not necessarily establish psychopathology, let alone psychosis. What used to be called “normal madness” often refers to the enhancement of developmental narcissistic traits, which have special features and expression. A deeper understanding of these phenomena and their evaluation with the simultaneous consideration (in a psychosocial developmental environment, as well as personal history) of internal and external subjective experiences, will lead to the selection of the necessary therapeutic interventions. The evolution of psychoanalytic thinking in the study of both development and narcissistic pathologies, contributed to a fuller understanding and shaping of their treatment.

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Internet and Psychoanalysis

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Internet and Psychoanalysis

Η  The Hellenic Society of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy(ΕΕΨΨΠΕ) is organizing a conference with the topic :

Internet use and transformations of the therapeutic space: Thoughts and experiences from psychoanalytic psychotherapy of children and adolescents

The following speakers participate with the following topics:

Anastasopoulos Dimitris
Psychiatrist – Child psychiatrist, Instructor and supervisor of HACAPP and ΕΕΨΨ. Honorary member of ΚΕΨΨ. Chairman of HACAPP

Lecture Topic: To exist or to be portrayed in a relationship. When presence is represented or substituted


Skleidi Olympia
Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for Children and Adolescents, Instructor at HACAPP

Lecture Topic: Space and Time on the Internet and the Inner World


Athanasiadou Efi
Clinical Psychologist, PhD., M.Sc, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Instructor and member of the Board of HACAPP

Lecture Topic: Internet and adolescence. The importance of a transitional space in a transitional age


The lectures will be followed by workshops

Date and Time:
Saturday, 7 November 2015, 10:00 – 15:00

Venue :
building of the Association of Greek Archaeologists
Ermou 134
(ΗΣΑΠ Thiseio Station)

 

9th Syros Summer Workshop

Since 1998 the Syros Summer Workshop on Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Studies has become a living tradition. The Workshop combines Greek island summer weather with psychoanalytic studies and takes place in the neoclassical building of the Hermoupolis Town-Hall in the Cycladic island of Syros. It is organised by the Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy under the auspices of EFPP. From the first Workshop (May 1998), EFPP and IPA members from all over Europe have been joining this event in this sunny and picturesque Greek island of the Aegean Sea. Successful Workshops of the past enjoyed the presentations of invited speakers, like: Margot Waddell (U.K.), Jean Begoin, (France), Gianna Williams, (U.K.), Imre Szecsody, (Sweden), Roberto Basile (Italy), Luc Moyson (Belgium), Serge Frisch (Luxembourg), Prof. R.D. Hinshelwood (UK). All presentations (theoretical and clinical) are discussed in small Anglophone and Francophone groups and then they are reported back to the plenary for a general discussion. The high quality of presentations in the plenary meetings and the exchange of ideas in the discussion groups, have always been characterised by a friendly atmosphere, the same atmosphere that has accompanied us after each day’s work to the seaside and the local tavernas. This is perhaps one of the reasons that most of the Syros Summer Workshop participants come back for the next event.

This year we invite you to the 9th Syros Summer Workshop 5th-7th June 2015. The themes of the workshop will focus on parent-infant psychotherapy and short-term work with adolescents.

We are delighted to announce our three invited speakers. The speaker of the first day, Friday 5th June, is Majlis Winberg Salomonsson MSc, Lic. Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, member of Swedish Psychoanalytic Association. The title of her presentation is: “Troubled babies – troubled kids?”

Many times parents search for psychological help when they experience problems in their role as parents of infants. They are worried about the baby’s situation and symptoms in the baby concerning sleep, crying, nursing, colics, mood and regulation of activity. Often they experience difficulties in attaching to their child. In Sweden, problems of this kind are often taken care of by the Child Health Centre Care, CHCC. In a new treatment method, Mother-infant psychoanalytic treatment (MIP), the therapist tries to obtain a dialogue both with the child and the mother, and to take into account the mother’s feelings of depression and insufficiency. Majlis will present the psychoanalytic work that she and Bjorn Salomonsson conducted in Sweden with mother-infant dyads and the follow-up study comparing MIP and CHCC when the children where 4½ years. Through the clinical material that will be presented, Majlis will explore the aspects (both clinical and theoretical) of this novel treatment method of baby worries or mother-infant relational disturbances, namely the mother-infant psychoanalytic treatment (MIP). The clinical material will focus on the psychotherapeutic work with a 6 year old girl who went into individual treatment illustrating the development of a child from the above study.

The speaker of the second day, Saturday 6th of June 2015, is Anders Jacobsson, Lic. Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Member of the Swedish Psychoanalytic Association. The title of his presentation is: “Father lost and found”.
Starting with a brief introduction on Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (STPP), Anders will present James Mann’s method Time Limited Psychotherapy (TLP) and the way that this method is modified and applied at the Erica Foundation in the work with adolescents and young persons. Anders will include some data from relevant research at the Erica Foundation. In the clinical part of his speech, Anders will present the therapeutic work with an adolescent boy. The psychodynamic work with this adolescent who lost his father will illustrate the problems, challenges and advantages in applying a short term psychotherapeutic method where loss is a main trauma.

The speaker of the third day, Sunday 7th June 2015 is Athanasios Alexandridis, M.D., PhD (Psychology), child and adult psychiatrist, training analyst of the A.P.F., the H.P.S. and the I.P.A. The title of his presentation is: “The psychosomatic model of parent-infant consultations: the first encounter”.

Pierre Marty and Michel de M’ Uzan, the founders of «IPSO – P. Marty», use the term ‘psychosomatic investigation’ to describe a model for the initial exploratory consultations offered to psychosomatic adult patients. This model was modified by the paediatrician and psychosomatic therapist Leon Kreissler for the assessment of infants and children. According to the theory of ‘psychosomatic family system’, the whole family is regressed or disorganized and the ‘child-symptom’ is only the visible side of this condition. Thus, Kreissler suggests lengthy consultations with the whole family at the beginning of the investigation. As the initial attention is focused on the urgent issues, the therapists invite the family to do ‘psychological work’, through a psychoanalytic process, where the psychopathology and the transference – countertransference movements are taken into consideration, but not interpreted upon. This assessment process, consisting of a few (or more) consultations, clarifies the mental, somatic and psychosomatic pathology and determines the necessary treatments: psychotherapeutic, medical, educational and/or psychosocial. The model will be illustrated by clinical example of the speaker.
We are looking forward to welcome you to the familiar premises of the historic Town-Hall building in Hermoupolis Syros, 5th – 7th June 2015.

The joint organisers
John Tsiantis MD, DPM, FRC Psych
Professor of Child Psychiatry, Medical School Athens University
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, clinical supervisor
itsianti@med.uoa.gr
Effie Layiou-Lignos M.Psych.Psych.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, clinical supervisor,
Child Psychiatric Clinic, Medical School Athens University, Children’s Hospital “Aghia Sophia”
effie.lignos@gmail.com
Programme

Friday 5th June 2015
17.00 – 17.30: Welcome introductory remarks
17.30 – 19.00: Majlis Winberg Salomonsson: “Troubled babies – troubled kids?”
19.00 – 20.30: Discussion in two small groups
(Anglophone & Francophone)

Saturday 6th June 2015
09.00 – 10.15: Discussion in plenary session.
10.15 – 10.45: Coffee break
10.45 – 12.00: Anders Jacobsson: “Father lost and found”
12.00 – 12.15: Break
12.15 – 13.00: Discussion in small groups
(Anglophone & Francophone)
13.00 – 14.00: Discussion in plenary session

Sunday 7th June 2015
9.00 – 10.15: Athanasios Alexandridis: “The psychosomatic model of parent-infant consultations: the first encounter”
10.15 – 10.45: Coffee break.
10.45 – 11.45: Discussion in small groups
(Anglophone & Francophone).
11.45 – 12.00: Break
12.00 – 13.00: Discussion in plenary session.
13.00 – 13.30: Closing up of the meeting

Conference Fee

The participants have to share the expenses for the invited speaker, secretarial assistance and other administrative expenses.
The total cost will be 180 Euros per person.
Conference fee needs to be paid upon registration in order to secure participation.

Travel and accommodation arrangements

All Syros Summer Workshop arrangements are handled by Mrs. Mary at Teamwork Travel Agency in Syros.
Mary, our local Syros workshop “correspondent”, will be able to take care of all your travel arrangements, and provide all the necessary details. She is amazingly helpful, friendly, very efficient and experienced.
Please contact her through email at mary@teamwork.gr or phone.
Tel.: 0030 22810 83400 (fax: 0030 22810 83508) mentioning Syros Summer Workshop

Further information for registration and programme:
The Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy hipp@otenet.gr

Adolescence and Psychotic Phenomena

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Adolescence & Psychotic Phenomena

The Hellenic Association of Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (HACAPP) organized a conference on the topic of:
ADOLESCENCE AND PSYCHOTIC PHENOMENA: FROM DEVELOPMENT TO PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
on April 4-6, 2014, in Athens,Divani Acropolis Palace Hotel.

Invited lecturers:

Margot Waddell, Fellow of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis, Consultant Child Psychotherapist in the Adolescent Dept. of Tavistock Clinic, London

Lut de Rijd, Psychoanalyst, Teaching member of the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis, Ηead of the intensive residential Psychotherapy for Adolescents, UPC-KU Leuven.

Luc Moyson, Trainer and Supervisor in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Leuven University, Belgium, Former Chair of the EFPP, Team coordinator in the Intensive Residential Psychotherapy for Adolescents, UPC-KU Leuven.

Greek lecturers:

Participating Associations: Hellenic Psychoanalytic Association (H.P.A.), Hellenic Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (H.A.P.P.), Cyprus Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (C.A.P.P.), Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (H.A.C.A.P.P.).

Lectures:

M. Waddell(UK)The time of the stranger: A psychoanalytic look at adolescence and the complex relationships between development and borderline situations in the teenage years.

Abstract: This paper addresses the relationship between the various kinds of learning that take place during adolescence – the contrast between the balance or inbalance of those that Bion designated as learning from experience, or as learning about things, between K and -K. There can be a genuinely exploratoy and developmental purpose to the acquisition of knowledge, on the one hand, and a more questionable use, in terms of the motives and function of that knowledge, on the other. Through a number of clinical examples, the paper traces the factors that bear upon the internal relationship of the emotional and psychological experiences of early development and the external reality of the culture and circumstances of the transitional years. Both have a powerful bearing on the outcome of the adolescent years – whether developmentally stable, or pathologically disturbed.

L. deRijd (BΕ)How “crazy” is a madman? Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with psychotic adolescents.

Abstract: During adolescence psychosis is often closely related to adolescent development. This makes it very difficult to differentiate between an adolescent breakdown with psychotic symptoms and a structural psychosis. For that reason psychotic symptoms should be taken as a starting point for psychoanalytic psychotherapy to prevent, if possible, that the breakdown gets fixated into a more enduring psychosis and positive development is impeded. The dynamic view of psychopathology Klein and her followers, particularly Bion have, stating that psychotic and non-psychotic parts of the personality exist together in every individual, is very helpful here. Also important in the understanding of adolescent psychopathology is Bion’s thesis that psychosis develops when reality is too painful to be contained. For an adolescent, confrontation with incestuous wishes in a physically mature body can be too threatening to think about, so that a disorder of thought will result. Psychotherapy should aim at helping the adolescent to ‘think’ a painful reality. Some clinical vignettes will be given to demonstrate this.

L.Moyson(BΕ)Shame and scandal in the family: Working with families of hospitalized teenagers.

Abstract: Involving families in an in-patient treatment of adolescents is an absolute must. In my contribution, I would like to highlight some important shifts in the psychoanalytic thought process that influenced our work with families. I want to show how we approach the family intakes. As such, I will depict the therapeutic framework within which we develop our psychoanalytic approach and cover the quintessential place of the family therein. I will illustrate how the different team members work with the relatives of our identified patients. The choices that we made will be descibed as well as their consequences for our daily practice. In our work with parents and families, we are confronted with intense countertranference feelings and reactions, including the risks that these evoke. Clinical material will be used as illustration. Continue reading “Adolescence and Psychotic Phenomena”

Infant Observation (Greek Publication)

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Title: Infant Observation
Subtitle: The method of the psychoanalytic infant observation
Editor in Chief: Efi Lagiou- Lignos
Editors: Lida Anagnostaki, Maria Maragidi, Aimilia Mpartzoki, Maria Tselika, Sofia Hasilidi
Introduction: Andreas Giannakoulas
Publications: Kastaniotis Editions

In this book is presented, for the first time in Greece, the method of psychoanalytic observation of the infant and its multiple applications through theoretical texts and clinical examples.
This is the
method introduced by psychoanalyst Esther Bick in the training of child psychotherapists in 1948 and had a huge impact on the training of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists worldwide, as well as on psychoanalytic thinking and research. Systematic observation of the infant is a unique experiential experience of the development of primary relationships and the organization of the psyche, as it acquaints professionals who are going to undertake clinical work, with the unconscious aspects of behaviour and early ways of communication. (FROM THE PRESENTATION ON THE BACK OF THE BOOK).