The Psychodynamics of Addiction

Merchants Quay Ireland is pleased to offer a half-day workshop in the psychodynamics of addiction exploring the role of the unconscious in addictive cycles. This training course is an opportunity for individuals working within the addiction or related fields to gain an understanding of both subjective and unconscious formations that permeate substance misuse and to reflect on their work and practice from these perspectives. This training is for anyone with a serious interest in the area of substance use and its interface with the unconscious and who interacts on either a paid or voluntary capacity with people  who may have drug or alcohol related problems.

Course: The Psychodynamics of Addiction—from a unified self to a divided subject the place of subjectivity in the pathology of addiction

Trainer: Peter Kelly, MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Venue: The Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Schedule: 19th July 2019, 10am – 4pm

Eligibility: This training is for anyone with a serious interest in the area of substance use and its interface with the unconscious and who interacts on either a paid or voluntary capacity with people who may have drug or alcohol related problems. CPD points are available for this training.

Cost: €90.00

How to apply:Please download the course application form by clicking here. and sending to Peter Kelly at peter.kelly@mqi.ie.

Closing date: Closing date for receipt of application form is Friday 5th July 2019.

Course Outcomes

  • Have an understanding of the relationship between addiction and language and the implications for counselling (talking therapies).
  • Have an appreciation of psychodynamic perspectives in relation to addiction in terms of a divided subjectivity and how toxic media functions in and for this division.
  • Have a sense of both unconscious formations and the logic of the unconscious and its interface with addictive cycles.
  • Distinguish between symptom and structure in the pathology of addiction and the implications for treatment.
  • Have an understanding of how ego deficits, defence mechanisms, secondary gains, and transference are played out in the clinical picture of addiction.
  • Have an ability to reflect on how unconscious formations influence the recovery process, and vice versa, in other words, how the recovery process influences unconscious formations.

 

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