Neuropsychoanalysis: Clinical Implications

Course overview

A workshop with Mark Solms

The workshop will consist of clinical presentations which Mark will consider from the perspective of changes in psychoanalytic theory resulting from advances in affective neuroscience e.g. the affective basis of consciousness itself (the conscious id); the meaning of symptoms; repression; the actual task of psychoanalytic treatment to exemplify the implications for clinical technique of these changing conceptions.

This follows on from the October workshop in which Mark outlines his theoretical developments. Attendance at this workshop is not a pre-requisite although some prior knowledge of his ideas will be helpful to orientate the delegate to the clinical discussions.

We need 4 participants to volunteer to present a case each. This consists of a brief history of the patient and reports of 2 recent sessions. All material needs to be anonymised to comply with regulations on confidentiality. Please contact Dr John Hook if you would like to present.

This workshop is a joint event by the Bloomsbury Neuroscience Group and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, in association with the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the London Neuropsychoanalysis Society.

To learn from clinical presentations about the implications for clinical technique of changing conceptions of the id, the unconscious and repression.

9.30 Welcome & Session 1: Clinical presentation 1 (by a workshop participant) and discussion by Mark Solms

11.00 Break

11.30 Session 2: Clinical presentation 2

1.00  Lunch

1.45  Session 3: Clinical presentation 3

3.15  Break

3.30 Session 4: Clinical presentation 4

5.00 Questions, discussion and feedback

5.30 Close

Professor Mark Solms is a psychoanalyst, neuroscientist and author. He was the founder, together with Jaak Panksepp, of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, and he is Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.
Additional resources for this course will be provided using Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.
Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

Dates for a new intake of this course will be posted her in due course. In the meantime if you have any queries or would like to be added to the course waiting list please contact us at

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