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11:00 - 12:30


online in advance £ 18.00


Nissan Lecture Theatre
St. Antony's College
62 Woodstock Rd
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6JF
United Kingdom

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anticipating suicide

In order to understand a suicide attempt, it is incumbent upon the clinician to understand the nature and function of a pre-suicide state of mind, which is influenced by a suicide fantasy that reflects the self's aggressive relationship with its body and its primary objects.  Anticipating Suicide begins with Freud's view in Mourning and melancholia (1917) that "sadism alone ... solves the riddle of the tendency to suicide..." and will explore the nature of ruthless and sadistic violence.  Five common suicide fantasies will be discussed and illustrated with clinical vignettes.  The father's critical role in the outcome of a pre-suicide state will be described with particular attention to the way it is experienced in the counter-transference.

Registration, tea and coffee start at 10.30 am. Tickets are also available on the door at £20.

This event is organised by the bpf  Wessex.

the speaker

Donald Campbell is a training and supervising analyst, Distinguished Fellow and past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society.  He is also a former Secretary General of the International Psychoanalytical Association.  He worked for 30 years at the Portman Clinic, an NHS out-patient facility in London, assessing and treating in psychoanalytic psychotherapy children, adolescents and adults who were violent or delinquent or suffered from a perversion.  He has published on the subjects of suicide, violence, metaphor, child sexual abuse, fetishism, doubt, adolescence and horror films.


how to get there

By train: 22 -30 minutes’ walk or bus from Oxford Station.

By car: the nearest Park and Ride to St Antony's is Peartree OX2 8JD, from where you can take the 300 bus to just outside the College entrance.

accessibility:  The venue has full wheelchair accessibility 

disclaimer: The bpf will not be held responsible for travel/hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed.

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online in advance £ 18.00