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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
The Landscapes of Grief

With speakers John Banville, Ciaran Benson, Dr Tanya M. Cassidy, Dr Anthony McCarthy and Dr Julie Sutton

Saturday 26 May 2018 - Dublin

It is a universal truth that we are all going to die. We know this but we tend to ignore the reality, and to struggle with the inevitability that we will lose people we love. Death in our society is unacceptable and 15 percent of all psychological disorders are due to unresolved grief. But within the last two decades, there has been a revolution of understandings and theories that help us understand the process of healthy mourning. This day brings together therapy, landscape and literature to look at theories and processes that facilitate healthy grieving - both in psychotherapeutic practice and in life itself.

We carry the dead with us only until we die too, and then it is we who are borne along for a little while, and then our bearers in their turn drop, and so on into the unimaginable generations. John Banville, The Sea

Recommended Advance Reading: The Sea and Ancient Light - two novels by our speaker John Banville


John Banville
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fifteen novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin... More >>

Ciaran Benson
Ciaran Benson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology in University College Dublin. His interests include the cultural psychology of self and identity, psychology and philosophy of the visual arts, and psychological dimensions of society and social/cultural policy... More >>

Dr Tanya M. Cassidy
Dr Tanya M. Cassidy is an EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) fellow, affiliated senior researcher with the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University, and Visiting Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where she held her MSCA... More >>

Dr Anthony McCarthy
Prof Anthony McCarthy MRCPsych, FRCPI, MSc (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy). Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at The National Maternity Hospital, Holles St., Dublin. Trained in Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis in Dublin. Formerly Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at Guys Hospital London, and later at St Vincent's University Hospital Elm Park Dublin... More >>

Dr Julie Sutton
Dr Julie Sutton is dual trained as a music therapist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She works in private practice and in a specialist regional adult psychiatry NHS service for patients with severe, complex disturbance. With over 30 years' clinical experience she has presented, lectured and examined nationally and internationally... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £100
Self-funded: £75 (PSI, IACP, IAHIP and ICP members)
Self-funded x 2: £180
Self-funded x 2: £140 (PSI, IACP, IAHIP and ICP members)
Organisationally-funded: £200
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Royal Marine Hotel
Marine Rd
Dun Laoghaire

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End