21st—22nd September 2019

Nurturing the buds: Creating space for growth

This year's Open Day will highlight the importance of recognising and facilitating the emerging capacity to think about previously unthinkable trauma, both in the consulting room and in the world outside.

Meet our guest speakers


Dr. Clara Nemas, MD, IPA


A training and supervising analyst of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association (APdeBA), Child and adolescent psychoanalyst, member of FEPAL and member of the IPA China Committee, of the Asia-Pacific Planning Committee (APPC). Dr. Nemas maintains a full-time private practice in Buenos Aires and was Vice-president and Scientific secretary of the APdeBA. Dr. Nemas has published numerous papers on ethics, psychoanalytic theory, and clinical technique in working with adolescents. She is currently involved in continuous education in seminars on Kleinian Developments, the teaching of Meltzer´s ideas and she runs a group for young colleagues on the project of becoming an analyst. She is also involved in the Latin American Working Party on Comparative Clinical Methods.


Ms Pamela Nathan


Pamela Nathan is a clinical and forensic psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and sociologist in independent private practice in Kew, Melbourne. She is currently Director of the Aboriginal Australian Relations Program, Creating A Safe and Supportive Environment (CASSE) and is working with violence and trauma in Central Australia. She continues to practice, teach, workshop, supervise and publish, in journals, booklets and papers, in the psychological and psychoanalytic arena.


Dr. Gil Anaf


Dr Gil Anaf is a Training and Supervising analyst with the Australian Psychoanalytical Society. He is currently Chair of the Adelaide Institute for Psychoanalysis. He has an ongoing interest in the interface between psychoanalysis and politics, having published papers in that area, and been involved in submissions to government to maintain the public’s access to analytic treatment. Dr Anaf works in private practice.

Saturday Programme

21st September 2019 at The Conservatory, Ayers House



Registration and coffee


Welcome to Country

Presented by Uncle Lewis


Welcome address from the APAS President, Ms. Julie Meadows


From guilt to concern: Developing the capacity to think and mourn in the face of social trauma

Presented by Dr. Clara Nemas / Chaired by Ms. Julie Meadows

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When we do not possess a mental apparatus that is capable of containing trauma and pain and transforming them into thinkable emotions, these experiences can be evacuated as destructive actions. Exchanging glances between the past and the present, between the "other" and oneself, may help us make links and allow for containment of emotions that can help us expand our thinking capacity and diminish the tendency to act out.


Morning tea


Growing recognitions

Presented by Dr. Gil Anaf / Chaired by Ms. Julie Meadows

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The public culture of Australia remains today, as it has for the previous two centuries, riven by disputes over the status of Indigenous people in Australian civil society (Langton). A personal reflection based on psychoanalytic insights from the consulting room suggests a useful platform from which to think about reconciliation and reparation. For Aboriginal people, this paper may refer to deceased persons.




Awakenings on ancestral lands

Presented by Ms. Pamela Nathan / Chaired by Dr. Timothy Keogh

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The aim of this paper is to highlight the important role psychoanalysis can play in the Central Australian landscape of intergenerational trauma, sustained by Aboriginal people and catalyzed by colonialism. Ms. Nathan will refer to the work of CASSE (Creating A Safe and Supportive Environment), a psychoanalytic organization, working to change minds, transform and save lives. She will talk about awakenings on ancestral Lands.


Making Emotions Thinkable: Nurturing buds of thought

Presented by Dr. Clara Nemas / Chaired by Dr. Robin Chester

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This paper has as its starting point Bion´s contributions to the theory of thinking - the realization that as human beings we are only potentially thinking animals. The capacity to think cannot be taken for granted. This is a very painful revelation which produces an intense narcissistic wound. In this presentation, Dr. Nemas will discuss the contribution of psychoanalysis in recognizing and nurturing the buds of thought.

Sunday Workshops

22nd September 2019 at various rooms, Ayers House



Registration and coffee


Welcome address from the APAS President, Ms. Julie Meadows


Workshop 1: Management of suicidal patients in the emergency department (Parlour)

Presented by Dr. Shanthi Saha / Room: Parlour

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The workshop will present a theoretical overview of management of the suicidal patient in the ED based on psychodynamic/psychoanalytic principles followed by discussion of a clinical vignette. This will be followed by a large group discussion where participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences.

While this workshop will be most relevant for clinicians working in the Emergency Department, the principles can equally be applied to the management of patients in crisis suffering borderline pathologies. The analyst will also aim to integrate the ideas on the development of a space for thinking presented by our visiting analyst Clara Nemas at the Saturday Open Day.

Dr Shanthi Saha, is an analyst with APAS as well as a Psychiatrist. She draws on her experience of working with suicidal patients in the psychiatric hospitals and emergency departments over the past 15 yrs. Dr Shanthi Saha runs a 12 week clinical seminar course on the escalation of suicidal patients in the ED. She currently works mostly in private practice as an analyst.


Workshop 2: Helping buds to bloom: The value of the psychodynamic formulation when working with couples (Ballroom)

Presented by Dr. Timothy Keogh & Ms. Roslyn Glickfeld / Room: Ballroom

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The workshop will examine the potential value of a psychodynamic formulation to couples psychotherapy, underpinned by a theoretical framework that describes the psychic pathway to separation and individuation. The formulation is seen as a dynamic hypothesis, which is refined as an intervention develops, rather than a set of static, saturated and overvalued ideas. Participants will be invited to work within the large group with the clinical material presented, to experience the process of deriving such a formulation.

Timothy Keogh PhD, is a training analyst with APAS as well as Vice-President of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis and a Co-Chair of COFAP (The IPA’s Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis).


Workshop 3: Balint Group (Library)

Presented by Mrs. Leonie Sullivan / Room: Library

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The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the Balint model. This will be followed by an opportunity for the group to work with a narrative offered by a member of the group. There will be an experience of the group working with a dilemma presented. Of particular note, no special preparation is required for the case presentation and participants will be asked to present the case briefly, informally and without notes. Slips of memory and the tongue are seen as part of the work of the group in understanding the material.

Balint groups can provide a setting in which members can explore the multiple layers of transference and counter transference that unfold from point of first contact and assessment through to termination. Balint Groups provide a different reflective space from that of supervision. It is often only when the group takes on the work of the case that what needs further thought/understanding becomes clear.

By the careful setting of the frame, the group provides a safe thinking place as participants experience the benefits of their emerging thoughts about what has been presented. As with psychoanalysis, a solution is not the primary aim of the work, but may arise as the depth of understanding the material develops even after the group has ceased to meet.

This is a 2 hour experiential workshop for a maximum of 15 participants. Previous Balint experience is not necessary. Participants are required to commit to attending the entire workshop, thus providing a continuity of experience for each other. All participants should be in clinical contact with patients and be willing to present a case. It is necessary to pre register in order to avoid any clinical complications, places will be allocated in the order of registration.

Mrs Leonie Sullivan is an analyst in private practice in Sydney. She has a special interested in running Balint Groups.


Morning tea


Workshop 4: The service user network for adolescents: Promoting coping

Presented by Dr. Barry Jones / Room: Parlour

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Dr. Barry Jones is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist trained both in psychotherapy and child and adolescent psychiatry. He designed an award-winning psychotherapy day programme for adults with personality disorders in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia to introduce a psychotherapeutic model for self-harming adolescents.

Dr. Jones will offer some clinical examples to highlight how his work with patients has informed a model of care to support young people struggling to cope with self-harm. This model is now currently being piloted in New South Wales. Dr Jones works in private practice in Sydney.


Discussion Group: Unpacking themes of the Open Day

Panel: Dr. Clara Nemas, Ms. Julie Meadows and Dr. Shanthi Saha / Room: Ballroom

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This is an open forum for participants to ask the panel any questions arising from the papers presented on the previous day, to facilitate further unpacking of the ideas presented.


Open Days closing address

Dr Shanthi Saha / Room: Ballroom



Attend the full weekend or just one day (either Saturday or Sunday). Early Bird and concession rates also available.

Saturday & Sunday
21st and 22nd September 2019


Saturday Only
21st September 2019


Sunday Only
22nd September 2019


Refunds (less $50 administrative fee) will be given only for cancellations received in writing by Friday 23rd August 2019. For registration enquiries, email


The Venue: Ayers House

288 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Ayers House is a historic mansion in Adelaide and is named after Sir Henry Ayers. It is the only mansion on North Terrace to have survived. Ayers House was renovated to what is now a tourist and cultural centre with a museum, restaurants and private event rooms.

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The following hotels located close by to Ayers House have agreed to offer a special accommodation rate to all delegates attend the APAS Open Days.


The Majestic Garden Roof Hotel

55 Frome Street, Adelaide

Please contact the Hotel reservation team and quote APAS Conference at the time of your booking.


The Pullman Hotel

16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide

10% discount offered on accommodation. Use client business identification code SCP1684213 or AU592AU585.


The ibis Hotel

122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

10% discount offered on accommodation. Use client business identification code SCP1684213 or AU592AU585.


The Stamford Plaza

150 North Terrace, Adelaide

10% discount offered of Fully Flexible Room only Rate.
Call Reservations and quote the code APS200919 at the time of booking.