The APT-Birmingham Public Lecture

Saturday 18th January 2020


Alessandra Cavalli

In this talk I will describe how in my work with children unprocessed weaning and the absence of a good experience of separation can lead the child to identify with aspects of the lost caregiver as a defence against pain. I will discuss how this state of affairs becomes a hindrance to individuation. I will highlight what is the meaning of identification as a defence and clarify the link between mourning and individuation.

Alessandra Cavalli PhD (UK) child and an adult analyst in private practice, is a training and supervising analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology. She supervises therapeutic work with children in care in Mexico (Juconi) since 2008 and has a team of 8 child psychotherapists in London who work with her on the project and travel regularly to Mexico. In 2013 she started a training course in child psychotherapy in Moscow with a group of Jungian and non-Jungian child psychotherapists from London. She has published extensively in the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is co-editor with Lucinda Hawkins and Martha Stevns of the book “Transformation”, published by Karnac in 2013.

Time and Place

This event will be held at The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS ( between 10:15 – 12:45.
The cost for the lecture is £50.00 for WMIP members and £60.00 for non-WMIP members.

Please email your application form and make payment by BACS or send your cheque with your application form by post. Bookings should ideally be made at least a fortnight before the lecture to be attended.

Please make BACS payments as follows:
Bank: Barclays, Sort Code: 20-08-44, Account No: 03737950
Account Name: The Training in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy
(Please use your name as a reference)

Alternatively please send cheque made payable to ‘The Training in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy’ and return with the completed form to:
Sue Harford, Administrator to the Training Committee, Unit 1A, West Stockwith Park, Stockwith Road, Misterton, Nottinghamshire. DN10 4ES.

For further details and queries contact:

Sue Harford, Administrator to the Training Committee,
telephone: 07789 545908, email:

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Administrator to the Training Committee
Unit 1A, West Stockwith Park,
Stockwith Road, Misterton,
Nottinghamshire DN10 4ES.

Telephone: 07789 545908

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