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: 08444 631 341, email:

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Stockwith Road, Misterton,
Nottinghamshire DN10 4ES.

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Infant Observation course

For anyone interested in undertaking our Infant Observation course, we are offering people the opportunity to meet with one of our Infant Observation seminar leaders, Becky Wylde, at our January 2020 public lecture. This can be arranged during the coffee break or at the end of the lecture. Please contact Sue Harford at and she will co-ordinate.

If you arent able to attend the lecture but have queries you would like clarifying in relation to this course, please email Sue directly and she will be happy to help.

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