Monday evening CPD events

WMIP CPD meetings take place on the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year. They are generally open to Institute Members and the public but on occasion they are closed for members only or members and their guests. Coffee and Biscuits from 6.30pm. Meetings 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

Monday 27 March 2017

7.00 - 8.30 pm

"Male Sexual Identity: From Self-Caricature to Whole Person"

presented by Marilyn Miller

This meeting is not open to the public.

This presentation will focus on an intensive psycho-analytic psychotherapy carried out over a seven year period.

This work has been selected as one of three similar carried out over more than three decades, which have led me to think deeply about the infant origins and alternative adult destinies of identity, in this instance, male sexual identity.

Dreamwork and brief moments of new therapeutic understanding will be presented, drawing on the counter-transference (Heimann 1950). Mutative interpretation, (Strachey 1933), became possible at such moments and tended to follow containment of long 'fallow' periods of fragmentation, disorientation and simple not knowing. Such interpretation allowed mental organisation to shift from diverse, superficial 'identificates' (Sohn 1986) to a more flexible, complex and deeply rooted sense of self.

The presentation will offer an opportunity to review some aspects of these complex clinical experiences and hopefully begin to examine what we mean by (male sexual) identity in a changing socio-political context.

The emergence of a more integrated and flexible humanity, with deeper roots, and a release from constricting internal caricatures, with perverse organisation, lies at the core of this reconstructive clinical experience.

Marilyn Miller (formerly Miller-Pietroni) is a psychoanalytical psychotherapist who trained and then taught at the Tavistock Clinic for many years. She went on to lead mental health, family and children's services in the City of London and St. Bartholomew's Hospital. Her book: Understanding Counselling in Primary Care: Voices from the Inner City (2000/with Alison Vaspe) records her work at Marylebone Health Centre. Her research examines the deep text of T.S.Eliot's The Waste Land, as dream language, that reveals the dynamic couplings present in and around the creation of the poem. Her play, 'Ero(e)s' draws on that work. She is now a Governor of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, an External Examiner of their Couples' training, and continues in private practice in Shropshire.

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This is a closed event and is free for WMIP Members

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available

Venue: Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House, St. James Road, Edgbaston, B15 1JP
Five Ways train station and on-street parking nearby.

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