Saturday 4th – Monday 6th November 2017
Launch of Russian translation of ‘Playing with Dynamite:A Personal Approach to the Psychoanalytic Understanding of Perversions, Violence, and Criminality‘ and Seminar
Further details are available here.
Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th August 2017
17th International Symposium in Group Analysis – Crossing Borders: Social, Cultural and Clinical Challenges
Group Analytic Society international (GASi) in cooperation with the Berliner Institut für Gruppenanalyse e.V. (BIG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gruppenanalyse und Gruppenpsychotherapie (D3G), Berlin
Estela presented on:
- Working with Violence: Persecution of psychoanalysts in Argentina’s dirty war
- The therapeutic challenge: group analytic therapy applied to those “excluded and misunderstood” from and by society
More details here.
More details on the IAFP website here.
Saturday 20th May 2017
Maternal Perversion: The Consequences for Children
Asociación Andaluza de Psicoterapia Psicoanalítica, Seville, Spain
This workshop will cover:
Main differences between male and female perversion
Difficulty in detection
Prediction, evaluation and management of female hazards.
Resources to adequately care for mothers and babies
The workshop will take place at:
Hotel Don Paco, Plaza Padre Jerónimo de Córdoba, No. 4 and 6, Sevilla.
For the venue call: 954 50 69 99
To book and for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 19th April – Saturday 22nd April 2017
‘Creative processes in psychotherapy and psychiatry’
18th World-Congress of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry
30th – 31st March and 1st -2nd April 2017
Escuchar al cuerpo sentir la palabra
Hotel Hoyuela, Santander
Wednesday 8th March 2017
24th February 2017
Seminar: “I’ll see you in court”; Working as an expert fitness – The Unconscious in Court: Bad faith, perversion and/or unawareness?
Circolo dei lettori , Palazzo Graneri della Roccia, Via Bogino 9, Torino, Italy
For more details email: email@example.com
A Series of Lectures and Workshops on Perversion
Moscow Psychoanalytic Society (IPA)
Saturday 3rd December
1) An introductory lecture on the theory of perversion: traditional and modern approaches, the differences between male and female perversions, the contemporary understanding of female psychosexuality and its psychopathology.
2) Lecture on the specific unconscious conflicts / psychodynamics of different types of perversion (pedophilia, exhibitionism, etc) with illustrative vignettes.
3) Presentation of case(s) of long-term psychoanalytical individual treatment of perverse patient(s) to illustrate the theoretical issues discussed earlier in the lectures, complemented by the principles of psychoanalytic treatment of perversion (both individual and group).
Sunday 4th December
1) Workshop on principles of forensic psychotherapy of perverse patients with illustrative vignettes
2) Small group supervision of a case presented by one group member
This event coincides with the publication of the Russian Translation of Mother Madonna Whore. More details here
Friday 25 – Sunday 27th November 2016
Saturday 19th November 2016
Conferencia y seminario posterior sobre: La perversión materna (Conference and seminar on maternal perversion)
En el Centro Psicoanalítico del Norte de la APM
Saturday 1st October 2016
Psychodynamic Perspectives on Sexual Perversions
IAFP and Confer Partnership Conference
13th – 14th September 2016
Body languages: gender and diversity
JORNADA DE C.O.W.A.P EN EL
PRECONGRESO FEPAL CARTAGENA
LOS LENGUAJES DEL CUERPO: GÉNERO Y DIVERSIDAD
PANEL del Comité de Psicanalisis y Ley de IPA
“El que-hacer de los analistas hoy ante la judicialización de las violencias feminicidas y sus des-bordes”.
Dr. Plinio Kouznetz Montagna (SBPSP, chair por Latinoamérica del Comitê Psicanálisis y Ley): “Presentación del Comité Psicoanálisis y Ley de la IPA”
Lic. Alicia Iacuzzi (APA, consultora del Comité Psicoanálisis y Ley y miembros de la COWAP): “Prácticas psicoanalíticas con Femicidas y Feminicidas”.
Dra. Estela Welldon (miembro de COWAP, fundadora y presidenta honoraria vitalicia de la International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, experta en criminología y perversiones sexuales, reconocida por sus aportes en el campo de la psicoterapia forense):” Perversiones, Violencia, y Criminalidad: las perversiones femeninas”
Coordinadora: Eliana Mello (SPRJ, consultora del Comité Psicoanálisis y Ley):
Saturday 14th May 2016
A presentation and discussion based on ‘From the court to the couch’, chapter 9 of Playing with Dynamite
Colegio de Médicos de Bizkaia, Spain
10 to 11am – Estela speaks
11 to 11:30am – Comments from the psychiatrist and psychotherapist GPAB member, Dr. Jose Luis Lopez Atienza.
11:30 to 12:00pm – Break
12:00 to 2:00pm – Discussion with the room
Tuesday 10 May 2016, 7-9pm
A lecture & the launch of ‘TRANSLATING ANZIEU’, a new book by Professor Naomi Segal.
The book will be presented by Estela Welldon and Andrew Asibong.
The lecture and launch will be followed by a drinks reception.
The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX
Monday 2nd May 2016
Legal and psychopathological profiles of offences against children
University of Catania, Italy
7-10th APRIL 2016
“Families: how to survive them – or not… An analysis of the dangerous family and societal response”
IAFP 25th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE
University of Ghent, Belgium
Saturday 12 March 2016
Psychodynamic perspectives on working with personality disorders
With Dr Colin Campbell, Dr Ronald Doctor, Anna Motz, Dr Celia Taylor, Dr Estela Welldon and Dr Jessica Yakeley
Monday 7th March 2016
Teaching on the Institute for Group Analysis Introductory Course
Thursday 11th February
Trauma within the Family: The Impact on Psychological Development: Maternal abuse
Bristol, BSc Understanding Women and Personality Disorder (Institute of Mental Health/Knowledge and Understanding Framework)
Wednesday 3rd February 2016
Inside the Forensic Clinic: Trans-generational cycles of abuse.
Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London
Friday, 29 January 2016
Les Liaisons Dangereuses: The Uses and Abuses of Sex in Couple and Family Relationships
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Trainers: Marion Bower, adult psychotherapist and Madeleine Woof, couple and individual psychoanalytic psychotherapist
Fee: £118 (£108 if booked and paid for by 11 December, 2015)
Venue: TCCR, 70 Warren Street, London W1T 5PB
This workshop draws on the work of Estela Welldon in relation to perversion and how female perversion regulates mood and distance and can play a significant role in couple relationships. We look at this with clinical examples. Perversion can play a part in families and we examine the impact on children. Little attention has been given to the relationship of girls and their abusers in sexual exploitation cases. We examine the dynamics of this situation and the importance of understanding these in order to plan treatment and prevention.
The workshop covered the following issues
The nature of perversion
Sadism, Masochism and projective identification
The role of sado masochism in couples showing mood and distance regulation
Female perversion. The work of Estela Welldon. The use of the whole body and its products (children)
Perverse aspects of the exploitation of girls
The girl’s experiences
Perpetrators as protectors
Perversion as part of a psychological defensive organisation
The work of Rosenfeld, Reisenberg-Malcom and Steiner
28 November 2015
9.30am – 6pm
THE FORENSICS OF POPULAR CULTURE
The Wesley Centre 81-103 Euston Street London NW1 2EZ
Day Rate: £75 (£65 MiW/IAFP Members/£45 students)
Representations of crime and criminal behaviour have long been central to the history of popular culture and now dominate the landscape of the popular cultural imagination. From Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books through to Hollywood films such as The Silence of the Lambs and television shows such as Law and Order, the forensic dilemmas underpinning dramatic fiction have regularly fascinated audiences. In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in long-form television series that grapple with forensic dilemmas involving gangster and mafia groups, murderers, drug barons and corrupt political figures and organisations. Our fascination with these shows has been intensified by technological shifts that allow us to ‘binge-watch’ box sets so that aspects of the experience of addiction also arise in us as avid viewers and fans.
This one-day symposium brings together members of IAFP and the Media and the Inner World research network to explore the psycho-cultural appeal of well-known television dramas, in which the forensic themes of murder, violence, and revenge play a key narrative role. Focusing on highly successful television series such as Forbrydelsen/The Killing, Breaking Bad and House of Cards, this event will apply the expertise of eminent forensic psychotherapists and senior academic researchers to discuss why and how audiences relate to such programmes and their dark, compelling themes and characters. The production of such drama is now big business thanks to the box-set mindset it invokes, and it is significant that forensic ideas often lie at the heart of the storylines.
What fantasies are at play when engaging with the psychopathologies of crime on show in such programmes and what makes them such compulsive viewing? What do these forensic themes and their dominance in popular culture tell us about the psychodynamics of contemporary society and the fantasies that circulate within it? How can an understanding of these processes enhance the practice and theories of forensic psychotherapy and also create a dialogue with academic researchers in the field of media and cultural studies?
Friday 27th November 2015
6:00pm – 9:15pm
Aspects of Female Sexuality
The Tavistock Centre, Belsize Lane
A performance of ‘Far from Fiction’ a play by Sally Willis, followed by talks from Estela Welldon and Anna Motz, and finally a panel discussion.
Saturday 17 October 2015
Why are we Murderous? The Psychodynamic Treatment of the Forensic Patient
La Fondation Européenne pour la Psychanalyse announces its first London Conference:18-20 September 2015
PERVERSION NOW / PERVERSION ET MODERNITE
Contemporary Western civilisation seems to be subject to ideological and technological changes which test the limits of the symbolic, and with it, what psychoanalysis nominates as the phallic function. New phenomena have emerged : exhibitionism via the internet, unfettered sexual behaviour , desire saturated by the immediate jouissance of the always new and accessible object, a transformation of social, conjugal and parental relations. What are the consequences of these social mutations for the idea of perversion and its praxis ? Is the term ‘perversion’ as it is used in the clinic today, consistent with the ‘perversion’ Freud described beginning with his ‘Three Essays’?
If there is less repression of desire in our time, does that lead to a confusion in how we speak about perversion as a psychic status and as a practice? What constitutes transgression today? Are people more inclined to transgress now than formerly ? Can these cultural shifts be considered to over-ride psychic structure? Further, how is the term ‘perversion’ understood in different cultures?
With changing cultural discourse as regards the paternal function, has the difference between the sexes been called into question, no less than the relation between generations, indeed subjectivity itself ? Should psychoanalytic thought resolve to think differently about ‘perversion’ and its relation to the Law, differently from what was laid out at the beginning, starting with the nodal point of the oedipal complex ? Are we bearing witness to a prevalence of jouissance over desire ?
This conference will be conducted in both English and French. All papers` will be translated prior to presentation, and it is anticipated that there will be interpreters on site for Q&A sessions. A call for papers will be made soon. For further information please contact the conference organizers: Diana Caine, Hélène Godefroy: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Steering Committee: Cristina Jarque, Gyorgyi Koman, Gorana Manenti, Gérard Pommier, Hephzibah Rendle-Short, Kristina Valendinova.
Scientific Committee: Graziella Baravalle, Orsola Barberis, Nestor Braunstein, Lola Burgos, Luigi Burzota, Diana Caine, Roland Chémama, Marcelo Edwards, Xavier Fourtou, Hélène Godefroy, Alfonso Gomez Pietro, Christian Hoffmann, Cristina Jarque, Gyorgyi Koman, Monique Lauret, Silvia Lippi, Gorana Manenti, Gérard Pommier, Hephzibah Rendle-Short, Belén Rico, Kristina Valendinova, Alain Vanier, Laure Wesphal, Anne Worthington, Colin Wright.
Saturday 6 June
Holiday Inn, London Kensington 9.30am to 6.00pm
A British Psychoanalytic Council Conference–
Perversion, violence and criminality – child sexual abuse
Estela Welldon and Jon Brown
An overview of developments and learning both in the clinical and public arenas.
Bridging the clinical and academic study of psychoanalysis with political discourse and social policy
A day of thought-provoking presentations, workshops and debate on innovations in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
PP NOW 2015 will address the themes of Conflict, Poverty and Trauma with sessions and presentations showcasing the impact psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking can bring to better understand some of the major social issues affecting our society today and what the profession can bring to support these key modern agendas.
25 April 2015: 09:30 –4pm St Anne’s College, Oxford
PERVERSITY IN THE CONSULTING ROOM: HEAR FROM THREE SPECIALISTS IN THE FIELD ON WORKING WITH PERVERSE STATES OF MIND
Mother, Madonna, Whore
. The Idealisation and Denigration of Motherhood- 27 years after publication and still in print what does it really mean? – Estela Welldon
Estela Welldon is a psychoanalytical psychotherapist who worked at the Tavistock Portman Clinics NHS Trust. Presently she is in private practice and lectures worldwide. Founder and Honorary President for life of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, she has written about group analytical psychotherapy in Forensic Psychotherapy and is best known for her clinical work with mothers who harm their children and her theoretical conclusions which quashed the myth that ‘perversion’ was largely a male preserve and opened up a whole new field of therapeutic enquiry. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree by Oxford Brookes University for her contributions to the field of forensic psychotherapy. Her most recent book is Playing with Dynamite: A Personal Approach to the Understanding of Perversions, Violence and Criminality (Karnac 2011)
Perverse psychic functioning as a disabler of the Transcendent Function:
A Jungian approach to working with perversion – Fiona Ross
Fiona Ross recently retired from clinical practice as an SAP training analyst and as a chartered psychologist. She has many years teaching experience in analysis and psychotherapy and has a particular interest in perverse states of mind and behaviour. She is the author of two books on this subject, Understanding Perversion in Clinical Practice: Structure and Strategy in the Psyche (Karnac 2003) and Perversion: A Jungian Approach (Karnac 2013).
Beauty and the Beast: Perversion within the couple – Anna Motz
In her presentation Anna Motz will be describing the sadomasochistic forces of destructive relationships, and their impact on children. Anna Motz is Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist in Oxford, an Adult Psychotherapist and past president of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. She is the author of Toxic Couples: The Psychology of Domestic Violence (Routledge 2014), The Psychology of Femaie Violence: Crimes Against the Body (Routledge 2008) and editor of Managing Self Harm: Psychological Perspectives. She works within the forensic services with perpetrators and victims of violence and perversion.
27 February 2015 6.30-8.30pm
The Dark side of Female Sexuality – An open lecture by Estela Welldon
MD DSc (Hon) F.R.C.Psych.BPC Hon.Memb. A.Psa.A
DEREE – The American College of Greece
7th Level Auditorium, Aghia Paraskevi Campus – 6 Gravias Street
In this lecture Dr Welldon will explore in depth what is so called “the dark side of female sexuality” illustrating all aspects with clinical vignettes from her vast experience of clinical work of many decades with both female and male perversions.
Society prefers to think of women either as Madonnas (the perfect pure mother) or as Whores (the perfect sexual object). Society prefers to blame Oedipus for incest rather than Iocasta for her incestuous role. Such is our idealization of motherhood that whereas we are ready to believe that males with an early history of faulty mothering may suffer from perversions we, (society) are incapable of looking at the role that some women take in their mothering function.
After years of clinical experience, Dr. Welldon acknowledges that women are able, most times despite themselves, to fall into inadequate and abusive attitudes towards their babies. The choice of motherhood can be made for unconscious perverse reasons. For example, to attain the role of master, to be in complete control of another being – especially when feeling powerless, helpless and unwanted, mothers exert those angry, destructive and vengeful feelings on their babies. Medea, in the killing of her children, when feeling destitute, is a palpable example of that.
So, a new theoretical concept about female perversion was created, confuting Freud’s axiom that men suffer from perversions but women do not. The main difference between male and female perverse action lies in the aim. In men the act is aimed at an outside part-object, in women it is against themselves, either against their body as a whole, or against their creations, that is, their babies.
The study of power politics might throw a new light on the understanding of motherhood function.
Part of the Graduate Academics Master Class Series. For more information please see here.
A PDF of the days events can be found here. To reserve your place, please contact Ms Maria Kritikou via email:firstname.lastname@example.org
30 November 2014, 3-6.30pm
The Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, Islington, London, N5 1RN
Celebration and Book Launch:
‘Between Skins; The Body in Psychoanalysis, Contemporary Developments (Wiley-Blackwell‘) by Nicola Diamond
The event includes a roundtable discussion about the body in psychoanalysis from psycho-cultural and clinical perspectives.
Estela Welldon, Candida Yates, Mario Marrone, Tori Settle and Jacob Johanssen. There will also be a poem recital by poet, Tim Atkins.
3pm, refreshments from 3-4pm, Speakers start at 4 pm onwards
RSVP: Dr. Nicola Diamond: email@example.com
Dr Nicola Diamond is a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London, and teaches at the Tavistock Clinic. She is also a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, previously at The Women’s Therapy Centre and Helen Bamber Foundation, currently in private practice, BPC reg, member of BPF.
‘Pornografia es mujer. Por que el desprecio a la mujer y el respeto al hombre’ which appears in the book INTOLERANCIA A LO FEMENINO by Nohemi Reyes and Doris Berlin (2014).
‘The True Nature of Perversions’ which appears in AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY, 32(1), 2014.
Extracts from EW’s ‘Mother, Madonna, Whore’, have been published inn Baroness Helena Kennedy’s programme notes for the recent production of ‘Medea’ at the National Theatre, London. More information here.
3 September 2014
I ENCUENTRO LATINOAMERICANO DE CINE Y PSICOANALISIS
Estela Welldon, Londres, UK
Coordina: Carlos Barredo, APdeBA
Organizan Comunidad y Cultura de FEPAL y Universidad del Cine
TALLER I PODER Y VIOLENCIA EN LA ESCENA
– El cine de Tarantino en el diván (Sociedad Psicoanalítica de Porto Alegre)
Pandolfo Ana Cristina – Oliveira Souza Nivea- Brunstein Carla- Meyer
Da Silva- Amoreai de Almeida Jorge – Frank Cristiano
-Sadomasoquismo en el cine: Films Portero de noche y La lección de piano.
XI DIÁLOGO LATINOAMERICANO INTERGENERACIONAL ENTRE HOMBRES Y MUJERES
IPA – COWAP | BUENOS AIRES | 2014
PARENTALIDADES Y GÉNERO. Su incidencia en la subjetividad
SEDE: Facultad de Ciencias Económicas – Universidad de Buenos Aires
Avenida Córdoba 2122 – ARANCELADO
12.30 a 14 hs.
Salón de Actos: PANEL: “Incesto Materno y Paterno:¿ Vinculo Maligno o Solución a una disfunción familiar?
Estela Welldon (Consejo Psicoanalítico Británico)
Coordinación y en Diálogo: Juan Eduardo Tesone (APA, SPP)
July 29 2014
Letter to the Editor of the London Review of Books by Estela Weldon can be read on the International Psychoanalysis website here.
I was very interested to read Jacqueline Rose’s article on mothers since the main focus of my work as a psychiatrist has had to do with women who suffer from the strange feelings they have about their babies. In my book Mother, Madonna, Whore: The Idealisation and Denigration of Motherhood (1988), I argue that the main difference between male and female perverse action lies in the aim. Whereas in men the act is aimed at an external part-object, in women it is against themselves: either against their bodies or against objects of their own creation – that is, their babies.
‘In some women,’ I wrote, ‘any sexual pleasure related to their breasts ceases not only in pregnancy, but for years after weaning has occurred. This phenomenon has been described to me by many women who experience a tremendous sense of loss when they renew lovemaking with their partners and become aware of this missing dimension that had previously afforded them such erotic excitement.’ This was the assertion that resulted in the book’s banning by feminist bookstores and in an outcry from some psychoanalysts, who maintained that perversion was the exclusive domain of men. But, as Juliet Mitchell wrote in a prologue to the latest edition, ‘at the centre of female perversion is the perversion of motherhood.’ The mother can use her child for her own sexual gratification, sometimes to an extreme degree. ‘Our whole culture supports the idea that mothers have complete dominion over their babies,’ I said later. ‘Thus we encourage the very ideas the perverse mother exploits. We help neither her nor her children, nor society in general, if we glorify motherhood so blindly as to exclude the fact that some mothers can act perversely.’
Review of Joining the Resistance by Carol Gilligan Polity 2011 — Anna Motz (2008) Estela V Welldon (988) can be read here.
23 January 2014, 7pm
‘The Madness of Medea: Meike Ziervogel and Lisa Dwan in conversation’
Chaired by Dr Estela Welldon
Are women who kill their children monsters? Actress Lisa Dwan has performed, to wide critical acclaim, French author Veronique Olmi’s play ‘Beside the Sea’, about a woman who kills her two children. Meike Ziervogel in her novel ‘Magda’ enters the head of the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbel’s wife, who killed her six children. In association with Peirene Press.
The talk will be chaired by Dr Estela Welldon, psychoanalytical psychotherapist and author of ‘Mother, Madonna, Whore: The Idealisation and Denigration of Motherhood’ (1988) and ‘Playing with Dynamite: A Personal Approach to the Psychoanalytic Understanding of Perversions, Violence, and Criminality’ (2011).
Part of a season of performances, talks, films and events accompanying the ‘Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors’ exhibition 10 October 2013 – 2 February 2014.
Full details can be found here. A podcast of this event can be head here.
‘Stopping the Cycle of Abuse‘ by Estela Welldon published in The American Psychoanalyst, Volume 48, No.2 can be read here.
13th December 2013
WINTER CONFERENCE: 21st Century Sexuality
Royal College of Psychiatrists, London E1.
Details can be found here.
28 September 2013, 9.30am – 5.00pm
WAGNER, FREUD AND THE END OF MYTH
The Anna Freud Centre, Freud Museum London
Freud once asserted that his intention was to re-interpret myths and stories as products of the inner world, and thus ‘transform metaphysics into metapsychology’. But had Wagner got there before him? By taking the mythic dimension and bringing it into the human realm, Wagner anticipated Freud in his depiction of unconscious processes of the mind, while Freud’s ‘science of the unconscious’ gives unprecedented insights into Wagner’s monumental achievements. This conference is a result of the conviction that, like Freud, “Wagner was grappling … with fundamental psychosexual issues that affect us all” (Barry Millington, 2013) and that a fruitful dialogue can exist between their two bodies of work.
All full PDF of the conference can be downloaded here. Booking information can be found here.
Anthony Cantle (psychoanalyst)
Gavin Plumley (musicologist)
Private Theatre and Hysterical Opera: Wagner’s influence in Freud’s Vienna
Inge Wise (psychoanalyst)
Die Walküre: A Tale of Oedipal Longings and Desires
Tom Artin (writer)
The Ring in a Nutshell: A Glimpse at The Wagner Complex
Bryan Magee (philosopher) in conversation with Stephen Gee (psychotherapist)
Precursors of the Unconscious: Wagner and the Philosophers
11.30 – 12.00pm Estela Welldon (forensic psychotherapist)
The Chaste and the Driven: Power struggles in Wagner’s women
Far from being the passive victims of popular imagination, Wagner’s women are often complex, paradoxical and driven characters, representing diverse aspects of femininity and female desire. Wagner’s mythic narratives unveil power struggles between men and women, and between women themselves, representing warring currents of emotion within female psychology.
Stephen Gross (Jungian analyst)
Freud and Wagner: The Assault on Reason
8th June 2013, 9.30am
‘Dancing with Death: Understanding the Psychodynamics of Perversion’
Presented by Estela Welldon & Tim Keog
Australian National Maritime Museum
‘The role of perversion and malignant narcissism in sex offending: Implications for treatment: Psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists have come to understand that sex offending arises from a failure to internalise a capacity to form a mature sexual and loving relationship, which instead becomes replaced by sexualised or violently sexualised modes of relating. In working with sex offenders, one comes to see how intricately linked such offending is to maintaining (albeit precariously and or desperately) the offender’s sense of self.
The therapist also comes to appreciate the relevance and nature of the of- fender’s link with his victim, which is connected to his level of malignant narcissism and the nature of his perverse phantasies. The presentation will refer to clinical examples to illustrate the utility of these constructs in understanding and treating the sex offender.’
The full programme booklet can be downloaded here.
Female and Male Perversions’ in Psychoanalyse im Widerspruch: Sexualitäten.Psychosozial-Verlag:Heidelberg. 53-76:49:2013.
25th May 2013, 9am – 5pm
Crime in Mind and in Action: A Dialogue between Psychoanalysis and the Law
One Day Conference at Villa Citelli, Sicily Italy.
The psychoanalytic understanding of crime provides valuable insights into offending, which in turn can be of value in the context of legal process. In this one day seminar “Crime in Mind and in Action; A Dialogue between Psychoanalysis and the Law” we invite you to join nationally and internationally renowned speakers in discussion and exploration of important concepts existing at this interface.
Speakers include: Dr Estela Welldon (Founder and Honorary Elected President for Life of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, Hon Consultant Psychotherapist Portman Clinic, London, UK), Prof Giuseppe Speciale (Professor of History of Law, University of Catania), Prof. Tommaso Rafaraci (Professor of Penal Procedure, University of Catania), Peter Aylward (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Broadmoor High Secure Hospital, West London Mental Health Trust), and Dr Francesco Spadaro (Psychiatrist of the Department of Mental Health of Catania, and Full Member of the Italian Society of Psychonalytic Psychotherapy).
All details can be found here. Please click on image for larger version.
11th May 2013
Seminar in Savona, Italy.
Perversion of Motherhood Theory and clinical vignettes the whole morning with an interactive lecture which comprises many questions and examples from the audience. Afternoon; Legal aspects, Working with other professionals such as lawyers, social workers, probation officers, etc etc. Preparing Court reports about the Assessment of Maternal abilities and some clinical cases from the participants.
12-13th April 2013
X Diálogo Intergeneracional Latinoamericano entre hombres y mujeres.
“INTOLERANCIA A LO FEMENINO”, held at W.T.C. Cd. de México.
Organizado por C.O.W.A.P. Latinoamérica y la Asociación Psicoanalítica Mexicana.
7th March 2013
Group Analysis and Forensic Psychotherapy at IGA London.
7th February 2013, 8.30 -10.00 pm
Public & Scientific Event Series 2013
Held at British Association of Psychotherapy House:
‘In the Shadow of the Volcano: the Dynamics of Conflict in the
Consulting Room’ – “Is there such a thing as an impossible patient?”
DIARY 2012 – 1980
(Below is a selection of Estela Welldon’s lectures and workshops
as invited guest from 1980 to 2012)
17th November 2012
‘Erotic Transference and Malignant Bonding’
WPF Therapy One Day Conference
Dr Elphis Christopher and Dr Estela Welldon
During the morning both speakers will present a paper. Dr Christoper will speak on erotic transference. “Our cures are brought about by the fixation of the libido prevailing in the unconscious transference……the cure is affected by love” Freud to Jung 1906. She will explore erotic transference and counter transference and their relevance to psychotherapeutic work illustrated by clinical vignettes. Dr Welldon will speak on malignant bonding, a term she uses to describe perverse actions which take place in a couple against their own or other’s children. We are no longer talking of who is the victim or perpetrator within the couple: they are partners with equal participation in the design and execution of their actions in response to their own severe very early traumatic experiences.
The presentations will be followed by discussion, small experiential groups and a large plenary group.
More info here.
Saturday 6th October 2012 (10am-4pm)
CATALYST 2012 conference – Love Attachment and Perversion
Coffee and registration from 9:30am
Mercure Hotel, Boundary Road, Norwich
20th October 2012
Polish Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy’s Conference, Gdansk, Poland
‘Do we keep up with reality?’
14th September 2012
‘Understanding Adult Offending Behaviour by exploring Childhood Experiences’ lecture by Estela Welldon, held at Andrew Sims centre for Professional Development. More info here.
9th June 2012
‘Group Racker’, Venice, 10-1pm Seminar – “Le perversioni come attacco al corpo della donna gravida.” More infohere.
17th May 2012
Institute of Group Analysis
Theoretical overview of perpetrators and victims in child sexual abuse with a particular focus on women who abuse. Also distinguishing incest and paedophilia, and group analytic work with female sex offender. More info here.
21st April 2012
Lecture/seminar at SIPP Emiglia-Romagna
Bologna de la SIPP. More information can be found here.
19th April 2012
‘Reflections on Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed at Freud Museum, London’ with Anouchka Grose and Estela Welldon.
An informal discussion between psychoanalysts Anouchka Grose and Estela Welldon, who will give their personal responses to the Freud Museum’s current exhibition Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed.
More information can be found here and a recording of this event can be downloaded here.
29th – 31st March 2012
21st Annual Conference of International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy, San Servolo, Venice
Corruption, Deception and Collusion: Attacks on the Mind. More info here.
16th March 2012
Book launch of ‘Maternal Lineage’ edited by Paola Mariotti
Estela Welldon in conversation with Paola Mariotti, chaired by Alessandra Lemma
6:30- 8:00pm at Institute of Psychoanalysis at 112a Shirland Road, London W9 2EQ.
More info here.
15th March 2012
Introductory lecture at IGA
Forensic Psychotherapy and Group Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. More info here.
3rd and 4th February 2012
A mutual meeting of Psychotherapeutische Fachambulanz für Sexualstraftäter München and the local working group of the Deutsche Psychoanalytische Gesellschaft (German Psychoanalytical Society).
There will be a public lecture at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Munich on Friday evening followed by supervisory sessions for members during the Saturday.
10th December 2011
‘Playing with Dynamite: A personal approach to forensic psychotherapy’
A discussion of Dr Welldon’s latest book Playing with Dynamite: A Personal Approach to the Psychoanalytic Understanding of Perversions, Violence, and Criminality (2011) at the Freud Museum, London.
3rd December 2011
An ‘Audiences with Authors’ event at the London Centre for Psychotherapy for discussion of Playing with Dynamite: A Personal Approach to the Psychoanalytic Understanding of Perversions, Violence, and Criminality (2011).
19th November 2011
Guest Speaker – Lecture on Perversions in Men and Women – Psychoanalytic Association in Madrid.
21st October 2011
Leading discussion of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010) as part of the 12th season of Screen Memories at the Institute of Group Analysis.
13th October 2011
Confer – Lecture.
16th-17th September 2011
Guest Speaker at the Italian Psychotherapic Psychoanalytic Society (SIPP-EFPP), sezione Sicilia Catania, at the meeting “Funzionamento Perverso della Mente e Perversione”.
8th and 9th September 2011
Keynote speaker on Friday 9th September at the Forensic Trainee Conference, Brighton Grand Hotel.
Talk entitled: The Malignant Bonding: Couples who Kill.
24th June 2011
Guest Speaker – Seminar on Forensic Psychotherapy to the Psychoanalytic Association of Verona.
20th – 22nd May 2011
Guest Speaker – IX Diálogo Latinoamericano Intergeneracional entre Hombres y Mujeres – La Psicosexualidad en el siglo XXI: Un desafío para el Psicoanálisis – Organizado por C.O.W.A.P Latinoamérica y la Asociación Psicoanalítica Chilena, APCH – El 20, 21 y 22 de mayo 2011 en el Hotel Marriott Santiago, Chile.
28th April 2011
Launching of a new book – “Playing with Dynamite: A Personal Approach to the Psychoanalytic Understanding of Perversions, Violence, and Criminality” at the 20th Anniversary Conference of the IAFP , “Murder in Mind” in Edinburgh, 28th – 30th April 2011.
21-25th March 2011
Guest Speaker – 16th World Congress of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry, Munich – “The Interpersonal Dynamics of Identity” – Lecture entitled: ‘Dancing with Death: Psychoanalytical Understanding of Perversions’.
18th February 2011
Conference in Milan with Istituto di Psicoterapia del Bambino e del’Adolescente Comitato Scientifico Incontro con Felicity De Zulueta ed Estela V. Welldon – Le cattive madri: quel senso perduto o mancato della maternita.
2nd December 2010
‘Images of Violence and Sexual Abuse in the Work of Louise Bourgeois’
A screening and illustrated talk by John Wood, Portman Clinic. Estela Welldon will lead discussion on Thursday 2nd December 2010, 6-30 – 9.00 pm (presentation at 7pm) at The Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.
Most famous for her enormous spider sculptures that opened the Tate Modern, and grace the front of places like the Guggenheim in Bilbao, this artist has acknowledged the autobiographical meaning of her work and the family trauma that is depicted.
Louise Bourgeois delves into unconscious and visceral experience in a way that can inform our work as therapists of trauma. Amidst her demonstrations of perverse and abusive relationships there is also a profound seeking after Creativity, Humour and Beauty.
6th November 2010
Barcelona Spain the Gradiva Association plenary annual lecture on Female perversions. More info here.
2nd November 2010
“From Self-Harm to Sadomasochism; From Individuals to Couples”.
Dr. Estela Welldon. Discussant: Dr. Carine Minnie. The eighth meeting of the Couples Convivium, at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.
1st November 2010
Confer – A seminar in the series “Working with Impossible Patients”: “I Was Brought Up As if I Was a Little Princess”.
16th October 2010
Verona, Italy: Annual Lecture and workshop followed by supervision to an Italian organization called: “Itinerari Psicoanalitici” formed by psychotherapists and psychoanalysts from the Venetian lands such as Brescia, Verona. Vicenza, Padova, Treviso, Pordenone and Belluno. The theme of this year’s annual conference will be: “Maternal destructivity: form perversions to filicide”.
1st October 2010
Keynote speaker on ‘Women and Forensic Pathology’ at both Faculties of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Summer School at the Royal College of Psychiatry.
17th September 2010
IGA Screen Memories Estela Welldon with the directors of the film ‘Three Miles North of Molkom’.
13th May 2010
WPF Therapy Lecture: ‘Dancing with Death: A Psychoanalytical Understanding of Perversion’
at 7.15pm, 23 Magdalen Street, London, SE1 2EN.
‘Dancing with death’ is a metaphor for seeking serious danger, as such perversion is seen as a manic defence against the dreaded black hole of depression. But, as well as being associated with the death instinct, perversion secures survival. Both features have to be born in mind in therapeutic work, and in considering technical and transference/ countertransference aspects of treatment. More info here.
25-27th March 2010
The International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy 19th Annual Meeting: ‘Tales of Transgression: Narratives in Psychotherapy’ held at Keble College, Oxford.
Plenary: Narratives of Evil in Women Professor Marina Warner : The Wicked (Step)mother and the Fairy Godmother: The Many Mothers of Fairytale .Discussant: Dr Estela Welldon.
10th December 2009
‘Under the Skin’ with Estela Welldon in conversation director/writer Carine Adler. Download flyer for this eventhere.
13th March 2009
IGA/GAS film seminar.
Estela Welldon spoke with Hanif Kureshi about the film ‘The Mother’ following a screening of the film. More infohere.
20th March 2009
Estela Welldon gave the keynote address at the IAFP Annual Conference, Konstanz, Germany. Download further information about this conference here.
1st December 2008
Dr Welldon addressed the question: ‘Is perversion an envious symbolic attack against mother’s body and its capacity for fecundity?’
She provided clinical material supporting her thesis that underlying both male and female perversions is an unconscious, symbolic envious attack against mother’s body and the procreative process. She used observations from my clinical work at the Portman Clinic to conceptualize and recognize the existence of female perversions that occur in relation to the function of motherhood (Welldon, 1988[i]).
She also discussed the recent work by a British feminist academic on matricide with a new approach to the Oresteia myth to facilitate and support hertheoretical stance in relation to gender, sexuality and perversion.
Held at 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3, 8pm.
16th November 2008
Screen Memories Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)/Gas film group 8th season. A discussion of the film ‘Red Road’.
15th November 2008
Dr Welldon spoke on ‘The Inner World of Victim and Perpetrator’ as part of the Autumn workshop ‘Trauma: Individual and Group Experience’ held by the Group Analytic Society, London and the Institute of Group Analysis, Warsaw, Krakow, Poland.
12th November 2008
Estela Welldon appeared on a panel with Lord Chris Smith and Marcel Berlins to discuss Brett Kahr’s musical Rue Magique, King’s Head Theatre, London, more info here.
9th November 2008
Playwright, actor, director Steven Berkoff was in conversation with Estela Welldon as part of the Connecting Conversations series held at the Hampstead Theatre, London. Topics included Berkoff’s fascination with the darker side of humanity and his interest in Shakespeare’s villains. Connecting Conversations brings together experts in psychoanalysis with leading practioners in other fields.
Download a flyer about the Connecting Conversations series here.
3rd October 2008
One Day Conference ‘My Brother’s Keeper? Working with Forensic Families’. Estela Welldon and Anna Motz spoke on ‘Trauma Within The Family System’.
22-23rd October 2008
Lima Peru ‘El Vinculo Madre-Hija en la Postmodernidad’ Keynote Speaker, Estela Welldon.
31st October – 1st November Sao Paolo, Brazil, Estela Welldon: ‘Perversao Femina, Abuso Sexuale e Criminalidade’
16th May 2008
”MOTHER, MADONNA, WHORE: 20 YEARS ON – DEVELOPING THE WORK OF ESTELA WELLDON”. A one-day conference celebrating the work of Dr Estela Welldon was held at the Portman Clinic, London.
View Programme here and read extracts from Estela’s paper from this conference ‘Dancing with Death’.
5th Aril 2008
‘Attacco alla Madre’, Universita di Catania.
23rd February 2008
Key presenter at the Racker group in Venice on: GRUPPO E FAMIGLIA NEI SERVIZI Una sosta per pensare. This will be exclusively in Italian.
8-10th February 2008
IPA-COWAP Lisbon 2008
, Sexuality in a Multicultural Society: Interdiction and Permissivity – Psychoanalytical Approach
Key Speaker on:
Sexuality and Violence: The different Psychoanalytic approach according to the Genders.
‘I am determined to be a Good enough Mother: even if it kills them’.
7th February 2008
Lecture Group Analysis and Forensic Psychotherapy at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA).
October 20th 2007 A.P.R.A.G.I. TRAINING Sede di Torino and Coirag Working Seminars and lecture: Il Legame maligno: la trappola del legame sadomasochista.
October 6th 2007 Annual lecturer at Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy in Bristol on From the Court to the Couch: Cases of Perversion.
45th Congress of the International Association of Psychoanalysis: Remembering, Repeating & Working Through in Psychoanalysis & Culture Toda, Berlin July 25 until Saturday, July 28, 2007
Member of a Panel of IPA.org.uk
15th World Congress of the WADP “What is new in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy? Creative Dimensions in Modern Treatment” May 15-18, 2007 in St. Petersburg. Incest: A therapeutic challenge: Treatment in Groups of both victims and perpetrators.
May 11th to 13th 2007 in Regensburg Germany Main Speaker on “Sadomasochism” The German Society for Sex Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sexualforschung) .
23th March 2007 Understanding Female perversions and screening of the Piano Teacher, info here.
16th March 2007 organised by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Main speaker: Estela Welldon. Are perversions different from personality disorders? Easthampstead Park Conference Centre.
15th February 2007 Plenary lecture on Forensic Psychotherapy and Group Analysis at the IGA London.
11 and 18th January 2007 Group Analysis in the treatment of victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse at IGA website link here.
Jan 26th, 27th and 28th 2007 Cowap 3rd European Conference on Incest and Paedophilia. Main speaker on “Specific Characteristics of Paedophilia amongst other Male and Female Perversions.
Film screening of the film Under the skin based on Mother, Madonna, Whore with lecture following Perverse Solutions to mother-daughter conflict.
Cinema and psicoanalisis November 12th 2006 Psicoanilisi e cinema understanding violence in films Conegliano Antenna Cinema Sam Peckinpah: passione e ragione.
November 10 2006: I DISTURBI GRAVI DI PERSONALITA’
2° Congresso Nazionale 10-11 NOVEMBRE 2006
Castiglione delle Stiviere (MN) Problematiche diagnostiche in merito alla capacità genitoriale di pazienti con disturbi gravi di personalita’. More info here.
November 9th 2006: ACTUAL PARENTS – INNER PARENTS
Key speaker at the Fifth Conference of the Child and Adolescent Section of the EFPP, European Federation for psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector, in collaboration with the VAKJP (Vereinigung Analytischer Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapeuten in Deutschland. More info here.
20th October 2006 IGA London
Transamerica directed by Duncan Tucker (US 2005 ) Film screening and Discussion led by Dr Estela Welldon, group analyst, consultant psychotherapist and psychiatrist. More info here.
Alghero Congresso Nazionale di Psiquiatria Forense, Maggio 2006; La Psicoterapia Forense
10th June 2006 London Centre for Psychotherapy
‘ Women’s alienation from themselves, their body, and others.’
The psychotherapist’s emotional and clinical response to destructive female psychopathology.
The Labyrinth of Sex 2 Pornography in women
New Perspectives on Psychotherapeutic work with sexuality organised by Confer on November 30th 2005 Tavistock Clinic.
ANNUAL STUDY DAY of the Society of couple Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy “‘Exploring the Meaning of Perversion in Couple Relationships’ Dr. Estela Welldon, ‘The Malignant Bonding May 6th 2006.
Congresso Psichiatria Forense “Il paziente difficile” 27 al 29 maggio 2005
Lecturer at University of Padova on Incesto: una sfida terapeutica December 2005 University of Ghent. Department of Psychoanalysis Seminars of Perversions, psychodynamic understanding and their treatment every year since 2000 till present.
Panel Member at the 28th International Congress of Psychology on “Aspects of Crosscultural and Interdisciplinary Forensic Psychology” Beijing August 8 to 13. 2004.
Oxford Brookes University Fellows Lecture on From the Court to the Couch 10th February 2004.
Seminars on Paedophiles and Incest Perpetrators. Group Racker Venice 2004
Main Speaker at V Dialogo Latinoamericano Intergeneracional centre Hombres y Mujeres . Violencia sexual. Incidencias en la construccion de la subjetividad. Buenos Aires 21, 22 y 23 de octubre de 2004.
Invited to conduct an Open Seminar for the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, on Perversion and Creativity 2003.
Jan Craig Memorial Lecturer “Where’s the Harm in It?” Pornography and the Internet 2003 Southampton UK.
Keynote Speaker at “Bambini che assistono alla violenza domestica”. My lecture was entitled “Bambini che assistono alla violenza. Quale Futuro? Firenze, 11,12 e 13 dicembre 2003 III Congresso Nazionale CISMAI Coordinamento Italiano dei Servizi contro il Maltrattamento e l’Abuso all’Infanzia.
Main Speaker at North London Forensic Service 6th International Conference 15 & 16 September 2003, Queens’ College, Cambridge on Women as Abusers.
“Gender, Competence and Power in Group” USA, Washington DC: Fifty-First Annual Conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association Panellist and Discussant, February 1994.
“Group Psychotherapy with the Forensic Patient: Assessment, Selection and Preparation; Beginning of the Group; Power and Authority; the Group in Action; Techniques of Leadership” London: The Portman Clinic Diamond Jubilee Conference: Understanding Dangerousness, November 1993.
“The training in Forensic Psychotherapy” London: Tavistock Clinic – Psychotherapy Training in a Changing World. A Symposium for Trainers in the Public Sector, July 1993.
“Continuing Work and Treatment” London, Westminster Social Services – Two-Day Conference on Working with Child Sexual Abuse, June 1993.
“A Master Lesson with the Judges and Magistrates on how to improve the criteria for the sentencing with adolescents and their families” Turin, Italy: APRAGI, May 1993.
“Single Sex Groups for Women” London: Institute of Group Analysis: Workshop on Gender and Groups, October 1992.
“Love and Hate in Women’s Development” (Symposium Panellist) Montreal, Canada: XIth International Congress of Group Psychotherapy, The Treatment of Male and Female Sexual Offenders and Victims in the same Psychotherapy Group, August 1992.
“The Application of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Sexual and Social Disorders” Sydney, Australia: Institute of Group Analysis – One-Day Workshop, 1991.
“Group Treatment of Sexual and Social Deviants” Dublin: The Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 1990.
“Gender and Power in Groups – Practical Aspects” Athens: Hellenic Association of Group Analytic Psychotherapy, 1990.
Amsterdam: Xth International Congress of Group Psychotherapy, 1989.
“The Portman Clinic Experience dealing with Violent and Acting Out Patients” (Convenor of Workshop); “Gender Development in Group Process” (Co-Conductor of an Institute Workshop.)
“Incest: Group Psychotherapy for Incest Victims and Offenders” Topeka, Kansas, USA: Menninger Foundation, 1988.
“International Perspectives in Coping with Distress: The Institutionalisation of Perversion” New Orleans, USA: 44th Conference of American Group Psychotherapy, 1987.
“The Sexually Abused and Sexual Abusers in Group Psychotherapy” Zagreb, Yugoslavia: 9th International Congress of Group Psychotherapy, 1986.
“The Sexual Offender” South East Thames Region: Three-Day Workshop for Clinical Psychologists, 1985.
“The Relationship between Psychoanalysis and Violence: Sexual Violence in the Family” Topeka, Kansas, USA: Menninger Foundation, 1985.
“Group Therapy of Sexual Offenders and Criminals” New York, USA: 42nd Conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, 1985.
“Working with Sexual Offenders in Group Therapy” Banff, Alberta, Canada: 4th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy, 1983.
“The Reflected Image: Encounter and Self Discovery within Groups” Southampton: Southampton General Hospital Postgraduate Centre – Co-Leader of a Three-Day Workshop on Self, 1982.
“Group Psychotherapy of Patients with Sexual Problems” Copenhagen: VIIth International Congres
on Group Psychotherapy, 1980.