Refinding the Father in Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy


14th September 2024

WORKSHOP with Dr. Andrew Briggs


The historical absence or neglect of the father in the psychoanalytic literature leaves a theoretical gap which may be influencial for the understanding and the treatment of our patients. Dr. Andrew Briggs describes how this gap together with the vacant role of the father in some couples may act on the unconscious dynamics in the analytic space. Given changing societal roles and more pluralistic and open family norms, the reasons and vicisitudes of the absece of the father are expolred and critically examined during the course of the workshop.

Andrew Briggs, PhD is Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society, London, UK, and Head of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. He is a visiting lecturer to Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and former Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Kent Institute for Medical and Health Studies, University of Kent.

Place: Department for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Vienna

The workshop including the supervisions is held in person,
but it is also possible to join the lecture and discussion (not supervision) via Zoom.

1:00pm Lecture by Andrew Briggs

1:45pm Discussion

2:30pm Break

2:45pm Case 1 Supervision by Andrew Briggs

3:45pm Break

4:00pm Case 2 Supervision by Andrew Briggs

5:00pm Final remarks and end

Registration online – coming soon.

Books by Andrew Briggs at Karnac:

Waiting To Be Found: Papers on Children in Care (The Tavistock Clinic series)

Surviving Space: Papers on Infant Observation (The Tavistock Clinic series)

Towards Belonging: Negotiating New Relationships for Adopted Children and Those in Care (The Tavistock Clinic series)