All individuals interested in learning more about psychoanalytic practice, wishing to develop their own therapeutic skills or wanting to be more involved in the South African Psychoanalytic Community are invited to explore and consider joining any of the member groups listed below.
Member groups may be subject to specific application criteria and others may be closed groups. Please contact the individual groups to find out more.

Durban Psychoanalytic Couples Group (DPCG) (DBN)

Area: Durban

Contact Person: June Marwick;, 031 201-9916 / 082 848 2040

Durban Psychoanalytic Group (DPG) (DBN)

Area: Durban

Contact Person: June Marwick; or 031 201 9916 /082 848 2040

Nature and Function of the Group: The Durban Psychoanalytic group has been running without interruption since 1995 previously under the chair of Dr Anne Dale and since 2010 under the chair of Mrs. June Marwick. This is a non-profit-making organization that works to further the growth of professionals who work within a psychoanalytic framework.

The purpose of the group is to develop and foster psychoanalytic knowledge and skills, to promote psychoanalytic thinking about patients whether children, adolescents, parent-child, adult individuals or couples. This thinking includes among other concerns, exploring the meaning of dynamics, of defences/ resistances, of enactments, of transferential issues for patient and therapist, attachment patterns, and meaning and maintenance of the therapeutic frame. This work also includes the promoting of professionalism and ethical considerations within psychoanalytic work.

For the first few years of the group, the work was constituted in the following way: full day meeting once a month for:

  • Infant Observation Course
  • Presentation of cases for supervision
  • Academic literature discussion

This was under the direction and management of Sheila Miller and Judith Davies [Tavistock (London) trained psychoanalytical psychotherapists] who alternated in attendance/ supervision at meetings. The Infant Observation course was completed over two years. It no longer forms part of the work for this group.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Currently the group meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month for meetings of between 4 and 5 hours. Meetings involve:

  • Presentation of cases for peer supervision or supervision by guest psychoanalytic therapist
  • Exploration of theoretical material (papers; journal articles; books)
  • Presentation of topics by guest psychoanalytic therapist for group exploration

The group consists of nine members who have a committed interest in pursuing psychoanalytic understanding as practicing psychotherapists. Individual supervision and personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy is strongly encouraged for members. At present this is a closed group for purposes of building and deepening understandings in a stable and consistent manner. However, consideration would be given to applicants should a place become available.

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