Scientific Programme For Summer School

St. Patrick’s College, University of Maynooth
27th – 31st July 2022


The School begins on Wednesday 27th July at 5 pm with welcome and introductions, followed by the first of 4 daily lectures. Two of these will be presentations by Irish Group Analysts, and 2 by colleagues from other European countries. There will be time for general discussion of the lecture themes. The Irish Group Analysts will include references to local culture. A welcome reception is held on Wednesday evening to meet old friends, and make new ones.

The remainder of the week features a mixture of small groups, large groups and supervision groups. We will also have some short pop up presentations interspersed.

We finish earlier on Friday afternoon, so attendees can relax on campus, in the nearby village, or taking the short journey into Dublin City. Weather permitting, a barbecue is planned for Saturday evening, and being Ireland, expect to see musicians and storytellers. The summer school will end on Sunday at 1pm.

We hope that some of you might be able to extend your stay, to enjoy our local scenery, art galleries, or museums.


Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke is an Irish Group Analyst and highly acclaimed poet. Her two poetry collections The River and When The Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2015 & 2019) ‘bear witness to the rhythms of birth and death, celebration and mourning, endurance and regrowth’. Fellow poet Paula Meehan has said of her “(Her) poems burn with the ferocity of their intent in supple and profound music… There’s a visionary at work here, a shaper and shifter, moving us in language that is plain, exact and true”. Jane was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary Award 2021 for the completion of her third collection.

Christine Christie

Christine Christie has always lived and worked in Belfast, throughout the worst of the troubles, but wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else. A Group Analyst, Psychotherapist and UK Balint Leader, she is interested in the multiplicity of Irish Identities, and musical traditions.

Anne Aiyegbusi

Dr Anne Aiyegbusi is a group analyst, forensic psychotherapist and registered mental health nurse. After taking early retirement from an NHS director of nursing role, Anne now works part time as a Principal Psychotherapist and Group Analyst within the NHS. She is a director, consultant nurse and psychotherapist at Psychological Approaches CIC. Anne is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Institute of Group Analysis and is the member for anti-discrimination and intersectionality. Anne has presented papers at national and international psychotherapy conferences for many years. She has also published a number of peer reviewed articles, book chapters and co-edited and co-authored books. She is currently writing a book about forensic psychotherapy and racial trauma.

Alfonso D’Auria

Alfonso D’Auria is a Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and Group Analyst in private practice in Rome. He is a full Member of GASI, Il Cerchio – Italian Association of Analysis Group, and also, COIRAG (Confederation of Italian Organizations for Analytical Research on Groups), In addition, he is a Conductor of Large Groups and Balint Groups.

Social Programme

We are planning a comprehensive social programme alongside the scientific one. This will include the welcome reception and barbeque, and also other on site events. There will also be trips to the nearby village of Maynooth.