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    The impact of suicide prevention on experienced Irish clinicians
    (Wiley, 2016) Moore, Heather; Donohue, Grainne
    The Irish Poet W.B. Yeats coined the famous refrain “All changed, changed utterly, a terrible beauty is born” in his poem “Easter 1916” (as cited in Martin, 1989, p. 176-177). This quote aptly encapsulates the reality of seven experienced Irish psychotherapists who work exclusively in the field of suicide prevention. Emerging research coming from the person-centred and psychodynamic traditions in the past 15 years have examined the traumatic dimension of suicidal behaviour on clinicians. However, there is limited empirical literature on the impact of suicidality on Irish psychotherapists. In Ireland, it is estimated that 500 citizens die by suicide each year, while approximately 11,000 ‘Accidents & Emergency’ admissions are the consequence of suicide attempts. This elicits the question, how does suicide prevention impact Irish mental health professionals who work with these vulnerable populations? In this article, the process of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was applied to the data of clinicians who were “changed, changed utterly” with identity disruption evident in their self, bodies, intimate relationships and professional identity. “A terrible beauty was born” was demonstrated in the overarching theme of the restorative nature of client engagement in the life of the therapist. This was particularly evident in humanistic practitioners, who where acutely aware of their own sublimation of melancholia. Most striking across all seven transcripts was the mix of the corrosive nature of suicide prevention on the self of the therapist, combined with unparalleled opportunities for personal growth and spiritual reformulation. Author keywords: Suicide, vicarious trauma, resilience, burnout, melancholia
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    The addicted subject caught between the ego and the drive : the post-Freudian reduction and simplification of a complex clinical problem
    (Psychoanalytische Perspectieven, 2000) Loose, Rik
    Texts by Abraham, Rado, Glover and Gross are explored in order to investigate post-Freudian literature on the question of addiction. The reduction of the Freudian field is analysed in order to produce new foundation stones for a theory on addiction by confronting the (post-Freudian) reduced elements with each other. A reading of the post-Freudian literature shows that it is possible to distinguish between different periods in psychoanalytic thinking about addiction. These periods represent, in their own style, a reduction of Freud’s work. A confrontation between the earlier drive-theory and the later ego(self)psychology period, interestingly enough, does not lead to a synthesis of the two into a higher order of thinking on addiction. Surprisingly, it results in the production of new theoretical elements and a shift in thinking about addiction. Thus, despite the lack of fecundity in most post-Freudian thinking on addiction, the possibility nevertheless exists to produce some material on addiction, providing one analyses or interprets, not just the relevant texts, but precisely what is lacking in these texts.
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    'Per via di porre', 'per via di levare', 'per via di tagli' : contemporary symptoms and the art of interpretation
    (Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland, 2010) Loose, Rik
    In Du Discours Psychanalytique Lacan seems to argue that the discourse of the master produces the discourse of the capitalist, or at least, he implies that the discourse of the capitalist is produced by a warping of the discourse of the master. In the discourse of capitalism the terms of the left antipode of the discourse of the master are reversed.
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    APPI and statutory regulation of the title psychotherapist
    (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2005) O'Donnell, Barry
    In the early 1990s, the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI) formed as a learned society. It drew together graduates of the School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent's University Hospital, and others, who had trained abroad. What they had in common was a commitment to the work of Jacques Lacan. The group worked to advance Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis in Ireland through practice, seminars, reading groups and congresses.