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Dr Phyllis Cohen on Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project

In this second webinar, Dr Phyllis Cohen will describe how a group of psychoanalysts and therapists responded to a catastrophic event of unexpected trauma and grief, creating a program of prevention and intervention with women who lost their husbands while pregnant and their young children who lost a father. Utilizing a multi-therapist team-approach, Dr Cohen and her team designed a program incorporating group interventions for mothers and children, peer support group and supervision for therapists, and video feedback consultations with mothers, based on filmed interactions of the mothers and children and strangers/therapists and children.

Venue: Online Webinar via Zoom

Date:    Saturday, 9th September 2023.

Time:    9 a.m - 11 a.m (Sydney/Melbourne Time)

Price:   $90 (General), $40 (Trainees, Students e.g. Psychiatry Registrars, ANZAP, Westmead trainees) - includes access to video recording for 30 days, excluding clinical video observation content.

More details and booking link - HERE



Reading Group commencing


April 23rd 2023 5pm AEST





ALL welcome! 

You are invited to join stimulating reading and discussion of Dr Ron Lee et al’s 2009 definitive text on the 5 Kohutian postulates. We are privileged to have one of the co-authors chair some of the chapter discussions.

See full details here.

Past events and conferences

EAPSP holds a yearly conference in March and invites international speakers to keynote the gathering.  
Past invited speakers and events have included :

The inaugural Summer School held at International House, The University of Melbourne titled: Advanced papers in Self Psychology (2004),

Two Workshops; Advanced Summer School at University House, ANU, Canberra titled: The Presenting Forms of Narcissism: A Case Approach (2006),

Advanced Summer School at St Vincent's Hospital Function Centre, Melbourne titled: Kohutian Self Psychology (2007),

Dr. Marion Tolpin (2008),

Dr. Neville Symington (2009),

Professor Sid Bloch (2010),

Dr. James Fosshage (2011),

Dr.Jo Beatson (2012),

Dr. Shelley Doctors(2013),

Dr George Atwood (2014) (speaking from New York) with Dr Ron Lee from Melbourne,

Robert D Stolorow (2015) (speaking from California), Dr Edwin Harari  and Prof Sidney Bloch from Melbourne, Dr David Terman (2017) from Chicago,

Dr Ilene Philipson (2018),

Dr George Halasz and Dr Jackie Amos (2019)

George Hagman, speaking from New York (2021).


The Canberra & Region Self Psychology Community

2023 Self Psychology Conference
“Nurturing the Tendrils of Health:
Working with the Forward Edge in Clients, Self and Community” 25 & 26 February 2023

Full Details HERE

See post conference recap here


Integrative Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy. May 2023


About the 3 Sessions/Discussions

We at the Institute of Somatic Psychotherapy (IOSP) are very excited that Carla Leone, PhD has agreed to run a series of three 2 hour online presentations and discussions of three of her papers on the application of contemporary intersubjective self psychology to couple therapy.

The first will focus on her 2008 paper Couple therapy from the perspective of self psychology and intersubjective systems theory and will provide an overview of how major tenets of self psychology can be applied to work with couples. The second class will apply this approach to work with couples dealing with the aftermath of infidelity, based on Dr. Leone's two published papers on that topic. Finally, the third class will address a common dilemma in couple therapy - whether to ever see partners separately - based on Dr. Leone's most recentpaper,currentlyinpress,titledIndividualSessionsasPartofCoupleTherapy? HowConceptsfromSelfPsychology Can Help Us Decide. In each two hour class Dr. Leone will summarize and elaborate on major points from her papers, facilitate an open discussion of the concepts presented, and respond to clinical case material presented by participants.

Are you interested in joining us?

Please use the following booking link

Dates: 6th of May, 20th of May, 10th of June (Sydney time) 2023 Time: 9-11 am
Cost: $255

(if you cannot attend a class we can provide you with a recording of the class)

More about the trainer HERE

Dr Phyllis Cohen -

The Building Blocks Program:

Building Resilience in families in the child welfare foster care system.

Venue: Online Webinar via Zoom

Date:    Sunday, 20th August, 2023.

Time:    3 p.m - 5 p.m (Sydney/Melbourne Time)

See full details here

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