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“Creativity in the Face of Chaos” residential conference, Waiheke Resort

February 15 @ 2:00 am - February 17 @ 12:30 pm

“Creativity in the Face of Chaos: Using the ideas of Wilfred Bion, Annie Reiner and Neville Symington”

A Residential Conference at Waiheke Resort, Palm Beach, Waiheke Island, Auckland

2pm 15th February – 12:30 pm 17 February 2019

How do we keep our mind open while working with our clients? We face so many pressures inside and out. How do we develop a creative space so that our pasts and our theories don’t close off potential for growth in ourselves and the people we see?
This time together provides opportunity to explore the intensities and uncertainties of the therapeutic encounter, through the format of ‘social dreaming’, presentations, clinical vignettes, and discussions. We warmly invite all colleagues to participate in this unique event.

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Guest Speakers

Annie Reiner (author of ‘Bion and Being’) is a poet, artist, psychoanalyst and author of children’s books as well as those on psychoanalysis, notably on the understanding of Wilfred Bion’s ideas. She offers a fresh and spacious approach in thinking about clinical ideas. She has a very straightforward way of presenting and stimulating new ways of thinking about clinical work.

Neville Symington (author of ‘The Making of a Psychotherapist’ and many other publications), a psychoanalyst from Sydney, is well known to many here. He has published many books and articles on psychotherapy and has an interest in demystifying psychotherapy to make it more accessible.

Both present work that is rooted in their experiences of being with clients and patients. Both travel widely to teach and supervise and we feel very fortunate that they could accept our invitation and have them work here together.

Please follow this link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDz0VkIb6eYA0VrWwC5IRiHbcLCWtSvk3wGqBDt_QIy8vNHg/viewform?usp=pp_url


Organising Group:

Tom Davey, Jennifer Howarth, Mary King, Gerald Maclaurin, Richard O’Neill-Dean, Judy Robson


Email: jenniferhowarth0@gmail.com

(Due to space the conference is limited to 70 people.)



February 15 @ 2:00 am
February 17 @ 12:30 pm


Jennifer Howarth