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Approaching Autism through Psychoanalysis


The workshop is grounded in a modern Lacanian reading of Freud’s work and will draw on recent work on autism by practitioners working in clinical settings with a psychoanalytic approach

Course Details

The diagnosis of autism has increased hugely in recent years. In spite of the shortcomings, improved children’s’ services are enabling more people with autism to enter college and the workplace. The dearth of adult services means that more autistic adults are coming to counselling for support in leading fulfilling lives within various networks and communities. Many counsellors do not feel equipped to respond to the specific challenges that autism presents to ‘the talking cure’. This workshop will present a psychoanalytic framework drawing on Freud, Lacan and first-hand accounts of autism. The aim is to move from theory to practice over the course of the day.


Venue: Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick.
Duration: 1 Day
Next Start Date: 9th November 2019
Time: 10am-5:00pm
Award: Attendance Certificate
Fees: Full Price:€100
PCI College Student:€80


Counsellors are increasingly being asked to work with autistic clients and their families. This workshop will help us to reflect on how we can remain true to psychotherapeutic principles and, at the same time, offer a meaningful and effective response to these clients.


Course Content:

  • History of the concept of autism
  • Thinking about autism from a psychoanalytic perspective
  • Implications for treatment

  • Putting the approach into practice



Eligibility:  This workshop is recommended for teachers, guidance counsellors, youth workers, social workers, social care workers, psychologists and counsellors & psychotherapists, others working with adolescents and students currently in professional training. Entry is by application form.

Tom Ryan, MA, MIAHIP,

Tom is a psychotherapist in Cork City. He works for Aspect, a service that supports adults with A.S., and also in private practice. Tom teaches with PCI College. He has a particular interest in psychoanalysis and is a member of ICLO, the Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation.


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