Critical Listening Workshop with Ian Miller


Ways of Thinking About What Therapists Do

With Ian Miller

Saturdays: 22 September 2018; 3 November 2018; 9 February 2019; 30 March 2019 (All seminars are 10.00 – 2.00 pm)

How does each of us listen clinically? What do we hear and in what forms? Certainly, the gestural shapes of sound and narrative, affect us. And so too, do the ways in which our patients’ narratives take shape in our minds, with questions answered even before we ask them: the who, the how, the why, the when, the where and what.

What does this shifting, sensuous presentation tell us about the “I” who is speaking? How do we consolidate our registrations of the patient? Most critically, how do we use such experience in our response? What therapeutic goals are layered in what we say and do? And how do we observe the effects of what we say and do upon the patient?

These four serial workshops, focused upon clinical listening in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, will create an ongoing field of learning from the small group meeting of interested participants, with focus upon carefully crafted literary narratives, serving as first-person presentations analogous to clinical case presentation. Each workshop will follow the same format, beginning with the formal presentation of an aspect of clinical process. Following discussion, we will meet together in two group sessions, listening intently and discussing selections from Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, Daniel Defoe, and William Faulkner. The range of our listening will span the spectrum of psychotherapeutic presentations, including the highlighting of discrete clinical situations faced by therapists in the daily conduct of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Ian Miller is a Dublin-based psychologist and psychoanalyst. His most recent book, “On the Daily Work of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy”, co-written with Alistair Sweet, was published in February 2018.

Cost: £400 for all four workshops. Please note that places on the workshops are limited. To book:

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