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Anton Hart

“Psychoanalytic Ethics that go Beyond Oaths or Codes: Seeking Safety from Within the Analytic Dialogue Itself”

5th - 11th February, 2018

We are delighted and honoured to welcome again Anton Hart PhD. Anton presented an excellent workshop for IARTA in 2016 and in this colloquium, he presents for our discussions an excerpt from his soon-to-be-published book above.

Anton introduces us to his paper as a starting point for our discussions as follows;

“There are reasons to be dissatisfied with conventional approaches to ensuring that we conduct ourselves ethically when practising psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Neither externally based guidelines - in the form of oaths, codes or held theoretical views - nor internally based structures - in the form of analytic ideals, values, intentions or beliefs - are sufficiently reliable in the protection of the patient from unintentional harm during the course of treatment. The complexity, ambiguity and unconsciousness inherent in both the psychoanalytic process and within its participants make reliable legislation of safe conduct a virtual impossibility.

This poses a challenge for how we should think about doing safe and ethical psychoanalytic treatment. Psychoanalysis (and all psychotherapists) are always imperfect, always subject to ways of participating in the process that may be harmful for the patient rather than healing. As we are all interpersonally constituted, how we engage, including with our patients, emerges through multiple, reciprocally-induced, dissociation-tinged enactments of various sorts, including those that will involve some degree of re-opening of past wounds and, possibly, their re-inflicting.

The question is not if we will harm in the process of trying to heal, but when. Can a way to reliably mitigate this be found?

This paper articulates a relational approach to ethical psychoanalytic practice that emphasises the analyst’s authorization of, and receptivity to, the analysand’s own capacity to perceive and to express problems in, and possible negative impact of, the analytic relationship. Reflection on both the ethical promises and the pitfalls of the relational tradition will be presented. Case material will be used to develop these ideas”.

A full text is available for download here (full chapter to be sent after sign-up completion.)

Anton is joined by a panel: Heather Fowlie, Karen Minikin and Carole Shadbolt.

All their biographies are available at the end of this document.

The colloquium will be moderated by Suzanne Boyd and Mica Douglas.

Our procedure is as follows

The colloquium starts early on 5th February with our panelists responding to Anton’s work and initially a discussion will take place based on their responses. After a day or so, the floor will be opened by the moderators inviting you to join the discussions should you wish.

We refer you to the good practice guidelines on IARTAs website. Specifically, the use of clinical material and the necessity of maintaining confidentiality as this is a public forum. Please undertake to familiarise yourself with these guidelines as you join us.

We are again working across different time frames, Anton joins us from the USA so we will need time to talk across these zones.

We ask you also to keep your postings to not more than 500 words please.

During the life of the colloquium as moderators, we will comment on the process of our discussion as we observe it.

Technical Support

As usual we are offering technical support and we warmly welcome to our team Lewis Gowers who is leading this aspect and has taken over from our colleague, Graeme Summers. Please direct requests for technical support to Lewis here rather than through the mailing list. This keeps technical issues out of the work of the colloquium.

We look forward to joining you on another colloquium and look forward to creating a rich learning community together again.

All best Wishes,

Suzanne Boyd and Mica Douglas.


Anton Hart, PhD is a Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst and on the faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. A member of the IPA and APaA, he is a fellow of the Board On Professional Standards and an Alternate Member of the Executive Council. He supervises at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Mt Sinai/St Luke's -Roosevelt, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

He has published papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety. He served as Associate Co-producer for the film Black Psychoanalysts Speak in which he was also featured.

He is Co-founder of the White Institutes Study group on Race and Psychoanalysis.

He is in full-time private practice in New York City.

Heather Fowlie, MA MSc (Psych) TSTA Dip.Supervision, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. Heather is Head of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Faculty at The Metanoia Institute, London. She chairs Metanoia’s Equality and Diversity Committee.

She is a founder member of IARTA and is particularly interested in integrating other models of psychotherapy, especially Object Relations into a relational frame.

She has written and edited publications on Relational TA and is currently writing a book, Relational Transactional Analysis - a Primer.

Karen Minikin, BA (Hons) MSc (Psych) CTA TSTA UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.

Karen works in East Sussex as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She also provides management development for organisations. She originally trained and worked as a teacher in secondary education. Her practical and professional interests include working with cultural identity, trauma, group dymanics, and integrating relational psychoanalytical approaches within transactional analysis.

Carole Shadbolt, MSc (Psych) CTA TSTA CQSW Dip App. Soc. Sci. Dip Supervision, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.

Carole is a founding member of IARTA. She works in Oxfordshire and London as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer.

She has a commitment to addressing issues of diversity and culture and their integration and place within relational transactional analysis. She has written and lectured on these issues, as well as presenting on relational principles with IARTA colleagues.

She serves on the Equality and Diversity Committee at Metanoia.

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