We organise a wide range of engaging events and conferences throughout the year, with something to suit different levels of experience.

Whether you are taking your first steps on a psychoanalytical journey, or are just curious to discover more about this fascinating field, you are always welcome.

Many of our events are live-streamed online, so if you are unable to attend an event in person, you can still take part.


Upcoming events


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Summoned by the Tides: Cultivating a Mind in Mindless Worlds

A ten lecture series by Maurice Whelan

Our 24-hour news cycle informs us about problems and politics in all corners of the world. Our minds overflow with information. This series selects two issues: clerical sexual abuse of children; the election of Donald Trump as US President. To collect information is one thing. To think is another. This is a series about thinking. If we learn to think clearly about the two selected issues, we will have a clarity of mind that will help us to think about anything. Central to the series are the beliefs that where language is debased thought is debased, and that literature promotes life-giving beliefs and ideas that sustain the mind. Our mind begins dependent on others. But it is something we must learn to care for. When we know what damages and what protects our mind and our capacity for thought, we discover how it can grow and create.


Thursdays 7.30-9.00pm
29th Aug,
5th, 12th, 19th Sept
31st Oct, 7th, 14th, 28th Nov
5th, 12th Dec, 2019

Sydney Institute
5 Penshurst Street, Willoughby NSW 2068

Live or via Video Conference


Between the Mind & the Brain

Small group seminars by Dr Peter Smith

A small-group seminar program consisting of a weekly evening seminar over four weeks, led by Dr Peter Smith, a Training Analyst of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society and Member of its Melbourne Branch.

Aim: to explore the relationship between Psychoanalytical models of the Mind and Brain, using material from a book written by British Kleinian Psychoanalyst, Ronald Britton: “Between Mind and Brain: Models of the Mind and Models in the Mind”.

This seminar program would be of interest to clinicians who are actively engaged in clinical work. This could be in any setting public or private.

Format : This program will be delivered in a face-to-face small group setting. (maximum number of 8 participants) A capacity to physically attend is required. Some pre-reading from the book will be required for each seminar. Its anticipated the group discussion will be open and informal.


Thursday evenings , November 7, 14 , 21 & 28, 2019
7:30 PM to 9 PM

Melbourne Institute for Psychoanalysis,
400 Tooronga Road, East Hawthorn

Tim Alexander

$330. Payable upon acceptance of a place. Each of the participants receive a copy of the book.

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Pre Congress


The Desiring Woman: ambiguities, displacements and contradictions in a changing world

The Committee on Woman and Psychoanalysis (COWAP) presents a pre-congress to the IPA Asia - Pacific conference in 2020.

Panel Topics include : Sexual and Gender Diversity; Motherhood and Reproduction; Self-defeating behaviour and masochistic states; Aboriginal women; Maternal Subjectivity and the Feminine; Sexual and Gender identifications; Transference /CT: erotic and maternal; Family violations and social violence and others.


28 April, 2020

Sydney University
Sydney NSW

Keynote Speaker
Virginia Ungar
President IPA


Introductory courses

Our analysts offer short discovery courses in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to introduce practitioners to the basics of psychoanalysis

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