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Annual Lecture 2016 - Working analytically with early relational trauma and borderline states of mind - Orpheus' journey to reclaim Eurydice from the Underworld


Saturday 14TH MAY 2016

2.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1


Working analytically with early relational trauma and borderlinestates of mind -

Orpheus' journey to reclaim Eurydice from the Underworld

In this lecture I will argue not only that trauma needs to be reinstated to its rightful place at the heart of analytic work and understanding, but also that we need an analytic attitude (informed by an understanding of trauma) in order to thoroughly, safely, and effectively work through and integrate the patient's early relational trauma (by analytic I mean, primarily, staying as close as possible to what the patient brings).

Whilst it is now widely, though certainly not universally, accepted that borderline states of mind follow from early relational trauma, the ways of understanding and working with the sequelae of the trauma are varied and frequently fraught with difficulty and impasse, sometimes leading to the breakdown of analyses. I will give a detailed clinical example, and explore borderline phenomena in relation to the re-construction and co-construction of the traumatic dynamic in the analytic relationship, idealisation, and working with what feels unbearable, impossible, and inhuman. The central organising concept on which I will call is a developed understanding of Jung's concept of the complex working through these states of mind represents a significant journey through the darkest places' for both analyst and patient, which I will liken to Orpheus' journey through the underworld.

Marcus West is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology working in private practice in Sussex. He is the author of a number of papers published in the Journal of Analytical Psychology and elsewhere, and was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004. He is the author of three books, 'Feeling, Being & the Sense of Self', and 'Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice', and 'Into the Darkest Places - Early relational trauma and borderline states of mind' (soon to be published by Karnac). He is currently the Chair of Psychotherapy Sussex.

Fee: £35 booked in advance, £25 for trainees, £40 on the door (if tickets still available)

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Event Properties

Event Date 14-05-2016 2:30 pm
Event End Date 14-05-2016 4:30 pm
Capacity 70
Cut off date 13-05-2016
Individual Price £35.00
Location AGIP Psychotherapy
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