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Neville Symington

Neville Symington trained as a Psychoanalyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London. He became Director of the Camden Psychotherapy Unit and later moved to the Tavistock Clinic, where he was Head of the Psychology Discipline in the Adult and Adolescent Departments. In 1986 he migrated to Australia and in the following year became Chairman of the Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis and in 1999 President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society, a position he held until 2002.

He is the highly acclaimed author of eleven books on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, including The Analytic Experience a classic text based on a series of lectures given at the Tavistock Clinic; Narcissism a new theory, Emotion and Spirit, The Clinical thinking of Wilfred Bion, The Making of a Psychotherapist, The Spirit of Sanity, A Pattern of Madness, How to choose a Psychotherapist and The Blind Man Sees. More recently Neville has written a novel - The Priest's Affair.

Past and present Confer events
The Neville Symington Papers
Saturday 6 and Sunday morning 7 June 2009

Live Supervision
Friday 5 June 2009

Book of the Month
Grief Works by Julia Samuel

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood...

In Grief Works we hear stories from those who have experienced great love and great loss - and survived. Stories that explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears, strips away our layers of protection and reveals our innermost selves...
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