Denis Flynn presents:

Melanie Klein’s Depressive Position: an overview of psychic change

Monday 21st August 2023 from 8 – 9.30pm AEST
Online via Zoom
Chair: Pam Shein
Price: $88 inc. GST

A recording will be available for a one week period following the event. A Zoom link will be sent in the confirmation email via Trybooking and a few days prior to the event.


Denis Flynn
Denis Flynn is a Training and Supervising Analyst and a Child Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society / IPA working in private practice. Trained also as a Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic he worked for many years in the NHS with children and families and was for ten years Head of the Inpatient Adolescent Unit at the Cassel Hospital. He has taught widely here and abroad and held academic positions at University College London (Hon. Senior Lecturer) and at the University of Essex (Visiting Professor). He is currently Chair of Education at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He has published Severe Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents: Psychotherapy in Applied Contexts, Brunner-Routledge (2004), The Internal and External Worlds of Children and Adolescents: Collaborative Therapeutic Care, Eds Day, L., and Flynn, D, Karnac (2003), other papers / chapters on adult psychoanalysis, and has two short books on the early and later work of W.R. Bion in preparation for publication.

Pam Shein
Pam Shein is an Adult and Child Analyst and a Training Analyst with the Australian Psychoanalytical Society. She works in private practise in Sydney.

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DATE 6 – 8 OCTOBER 2023

SYDNEY – In Person 

Harriet Wolfe, M.D. is President of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), Past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She has a private practice of psychoanalysis, and individual and couples psychoanalytic psychotherapy in San Francisco.
Other Keynote Speakers to be announced at a later date.

Past Events

Professor Rachel Blass
Encountering Freud: An introduction to Freud’s thinking through the study of some central texts

5 week series Mondays 8 – 9.30pm AEST (11am UK time) starting 24th April, 2023

This course will provide an introduction to the essential issues that concerned Freud and shaped his analytic view of the person and of cure. The readings for each meeting will ground the ideas presented, allow the participants to question them, and will open the participants to a deeper dialogue with Freud himself.

A recording will be available for a two week period following each event.

Monday 24th April | Chaired by Ms. Rise Becker — Freud’s essential contribution: His revolutionary understanding of the person, illness and cure and why we prefer to deny this understanding.
Bibliography: Freud, S. (1917). A Difficulty in the Path of Psychoanalysis. SE: 17: 135-144.

1st May | Chaired by Ms. Julie Meadows — The birth of psychoanalysis proper: The move from traumatic seduction to a conflictual inner world.
Bibliography: Blass, R. B. (1992) Did Dora have an Oedipus Complex—A Reexamination of the Theoretical Context of Freud’s “Fragment of an Analysis”. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child 47:159-187. And several pages from a number of Freud’s texts relevant to the move in question.

8th May | Chaired by Dr. Louise Gyler — Unconscious meanings: Their pervasiveness in dreams, pathology and everyday life.
Bibliography: A selection of Freud’s texts including parts of his The Interpretation of Dreams.

15th May | Chaired by Dr. Karyn Todes — The Oedipus Complex as a model of Freud’s thinking on the complexity of our love relationships and their ethical grounds.
Bibliography: Freud, S. (1923). The Ego and the Id, Chapter 3. SE. 19: 28-39.

22nd May | Chaired by Ms. Sonia Wechsler — The analytic process: How and why established equilibrium is changed through it.
Bibliography: Selections from Freud’s Papers on Technique, SE 12.

Professor Rachel Blass

Rachel Blass is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and on the Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis where she is the editor of the Controversies section. She was formerly a professor of psychoanalysis at universities both in Israel and England. She has published a book and numerous papers that elucidate the foundations of analytic thinking and practice, with a special focus on Kleinian psychoanalysis and its Freudian roots. Her writings have been translated into 15 languages. While she lives and practices in Jerusalem, via the internet she also teaches and supervises in the US, Australia and several countries in Europe and Asia.

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Film night co-hosted by

  • The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Victorian Branch
  • The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Binational Faculty of Psychotherapy
  • The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Victorian Section of Psychotherapy

“An encounter conversation with Associate Professor Edwin (Ed) Harari OAM” 

Date: Thursday 21st September 2023 from 6pm

Venue: Ian Potter Auditorium at Melbourne Brain Centre

This is the first of a series of video graphed encounter conversations with retiring psychiatrists and/or psychotherapists. These legacy interviews aim to capture testimonies and experiences of being and becoming a psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist and how it may have influenced the interviewee’s life and world.


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18:00                 Arrivals
18:00 – 18:35     Acknowledgement of Country and Opening remarks.
18:35 – 20:20     Viewing of video graphed conversation with Ed Harari and Gabriel Feiler
20:20 – 20:45     Supper
20:45 – 21:30     (Close): Facilitated discussion with audience.

Professor Ed Harari’s biography

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
  • Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Fitzroy, Victoria
  • Previously in charge of Family Therapy Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Private practice

Ed has substantively contributed to both our general psychiatric and psychotherapy communities. Ed’s input has had a profound impact in relation to the teaching and learnings of psychiatry and psychotherapy in a range of areas and continues to do so. These diverse areas include Consultation-Liaison hospital-based work, Psychosomatics, European Continental Philosophy, Applied Neuropsychoanalysis, Psychotherapy for those with severe mental illness, eating disorders and notably Family therapy. Spanning decades Ed’s contributions include countless lectures, collegiate debates and published literature spanning abundant journal articles, book reviews, correspondences, letters to the editor of the Age and book chapters.

Ed is a passionate advocate related to issues of profound importance to the practice of psychiatry and to the quality and range of psychiatric services available to our patients for their wellbeing. He has played a huge role in educating the public and specifically has written a series of papers related to maintaining intensive psychiatric treatment to specific categories of emotionally traumatised people.

Videography provided by Shannon Jacobs of SJVP

Dr Gabriel Feiler biography (interviewer)

Gabriel is a psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He works in private practice and as a consultant psychotherapist with St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne where he is involved in supervision and teaching of psychotherapy for psychiatry trainees and provision of systemic reflective practice for multidisciplinary clinical teams. Gabriel has been involved with professional development events and advocacy related to embedding more psychotherapy teaching, training, and reflective practice into psychiatric curricula. He graduated with the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (VAPP) in 2021 and is a current member of the VAPP council and ethics committee. He was previously the secretary of the Victorian RANZCP Faculty of Psychotherapy.