25 – 28 May 2017
Plenary 1: The Sociocultural Context: Indigenous Culture & Psychoanalysis
Speakers: Pamela Nathan MPsych; Donna Ingram, AUS; Marie Bashir MBBS AD CVO, AUS; Graham Toomey Dip AS, AUS; Craig San Roque PhD, AUS; Brendan Kerin, AUS
Moderator: Cathy Hicks PhD, AUS
15 – 17 September 2017
“Heart of the Matter Deep Listening, Dreaming and Joining the Dance”
Keynote Speaker: Pamela Nathan
25 March 2017
‘THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW’
Featuring Senator Patrick Dodson
** Conference Papers and Presentations available online soon **
“The forum provided… important insights that I have found useful and challenging.”
“The audience were keen to discuss the essay, film and work of CASSE with Pamela and Anne. One member responded by stating that they felt the work was ‘the most important work in the world’. Out of context, this may sounds hyperbolic. Within the context of the essay, the film and the CASSE work, it felt like recognition.” – Anne Jeffs, VAPP
In August 2016, Pamela Nathan, Director of CASSE’s Aboriginal Australian Relations Program, and Anne Kantor, CASSE’s Deputy Chairperson, were invited to present CASSE’S work at the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist’s (VAPP) professional development evening. The presentation centred on Pamela’s writing and work on recognition in the context of CASSE’s Aboriginal Australian Relations Program.
5-6 May 2016
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference, Alice Springs
The inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference gathered together experts and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the wider community from across the country to Alice Springs, the heart of the Aboriginal nations. Over two days those gathered exchanged learnings, share lived experiences, built knowledge and inspired one another as to how we can best strengthen communities to tackle this entrenched tragedy.
CASSE was honoured to be involved in this important conference, presenting the Men’s Tjilirra Movement in collaboration with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). For more information about the conference click here.
“Thanks for a really interesting presentation this evening at the House of Lords of the fascinating work you have been doing with CASSE” – Lord Alderdice.
“Interesting and inspirational” – Oxford University participant on Pamela’s presentation.
Pamela Nathan presented CASSE’s work in conversation with Lord Alderdice at the House of Lords and Oxford in the UK on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2016. The discussions were very well received and built upon previous discussions and co-operative work undertaken by Lord Alderdice with Pamela Nathan when CASSE hosted his visit to Australia in 2011. During the 2011 visit, Lord Alderdice co-presented at CASSE’S Public Forum: ‘Reconciliation Australia – Psychological Perspectives”, and at a town forum in Alice Springs. Further details and videos of this event are available further down this page and on the CASSEtv page. For more information view media release.
8 December 2015
SYDNEY IDEAS – WHAT IS RECOGNITION?
Noel Pearson and Jonathan Lear in Conversation
Noel Pearson is one of Australia’s foremost indigenous leaders and political activists. He titled his first Quarterly Essay, Radical Hope, explicitly referring to the work of the renowned philosopher and psychoanalyst Jonathan Lear of the same title.
Pearson and Lear are both concerned about the survival of indigenous peoples and the possibility to flourish under an indigenous identity within a changing world. In this event, Pearson and Lear discussed the complex question of the recognition of indigenous peoples in light of the proposed referendum on recognising indigenous peoples in the Constitution.
What is recognition? What kind of acknowledgement is involved? How does recognition affect the identities of both sides?
Noel Pearson, Jonathan Lear and a panel of experts and researchers discussed these and other questions from constitutional, philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives.
- Noel Pearson is an Advisor for the Cape York Partnership dedicated to empowering Cape York Indigenous people. He is also the Chairman of Good to Great Schools Australia, which has delivered significant improvements in literacy and numeracy in the primary schools of the Cape York Academy.
- Professor Jonathan Lear is a professor of philosophy and a psychoanalyst. He is the Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, and is on the faculties of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis.
Panellists responding to Noel Pearson and Jonathan Lear:
- Marcia Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer, and holds the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely in political and legal anthropology and Indigenous culture and art.
- Pamela Nathan is a forensic and clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist and is currently Director of the Aboriginal Australian Relations Program, CASSE (Creating A Safe and Supportive Environment) working on violence and trauma with Aboriginal organisations and people in central Australia.
- Professor Duncan Ivison is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Sydney and currently also Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research). He works in three main areas: political philosophy, the history of philosophy (especially early modern) and ethics.
The event was sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Sydney,Baker & McKenzie, Creating A Safe Supportive Environment (CASSE), the Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis, and the Australian Psychoanalytical Society.
Peaceful Schools Program – Peaceful Schools, Peaceful Parents Conference, 27 August 2014
‘Peaceful Schools, Peaceful Parents – A Powerful Partnership to Maximise Student Performance and Wellbeing’
The aim of the Conference was to provide a forum for parents and carers to access experts in public health, mental health and teaching and to develop skills to assist their children, teenagers, and their schools in dealing with conflict, bullying and violence in order to create more peaceful schools.
Aboriginal Australian Relations Program – Kurunna Mwarre Events, Alice springs
In September 2013, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) and CASSE presented the ‘Walk In my Shoes’ public forums in Alice Springs. Click here to view video of forum.
Aboriginal Australian Relations Program – Reconciliation Australia: Psychological Perspectives
Hosted by CASSE in partnership with Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, Melbourne University
This event was held on Saturday 7 September 2013
Guest Speakers: Lord John Alderdice, Professor Marcia Langton AM, Professor Stuart Twemlow, Professor Ian Anderson
Videos of each presentation are now available on Youtube:
- Reconciliation Australia Psychological Perspectives, Part 1 – The Family Reunion
- Reconciliation Australia: Psychological Perspectives. Part 2 (of 6) Lord Alderdice
- Reconciliation Australia: Psychological Perspectives. Part 3 (of 6) Professor Marcia Langton
- Reconciliation Australia: Psychological Perspectives. Part 4 (of 6) Professor Ian Anderson
- Reconciliation Australia: Psychological Perspectives. Part 5 (of 6) Professor Stuart Twemlow
- Reconciliation Australia: Psychological Perspectives. Part 6 (of 6) Panel Discussion
CASSE Public Lecture Series – The Irish Peace Process: Lessons Learned
5 September 2013
Speaker: John, Lord Alderdice
This FREE public lecture offered insights into how communities can overcome violent conflict and work towards peace and stability. John Alderdice, by profession a psychoanalytic psychiatrist, was for eleven years Leader of the cross-community Alliance Party, one of the negotiators of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly. He is the recipient of many honorary degrees and awards for his work on conflict resolution in various parts of the world and is Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in the House of Lords.
Peaceful Schools Program – CASSE Conference 2012 – Disasters and Trauma: Creating A Safe Supportive Environment in the Education Setting
Keynote speakers: Ms Ruth Wraith OAM – senior child psychotherapist, trauma consultant & former Head of Department of Child Psychotherapy at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital; Dr Vicky Trethowan – Project Manager, Emergency Management, Emergency Management Division, Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood development (DEECD))
Presented in collaboration with The Dax Centre with an exhibition of the art by children who survived the bushfire.
CASSE Public Lecture Series – WHY bullying & violence happen in schools – and WHAT can we do about it?
CASSE’s free public lecture, “WHY bullying & violence happen in schools – and WHAT can we do about it?” was held in March 2012. The lecture is available on Youtube as a 4 part series:
- CASSE Public Lecture March 2012 Part 1 of 4
- CASSE Public Lecture March 2012 Part 2 of 4
- CASSE Public Lecture 2012 Part 3 of 4
- CASSE Public Lecture 2012 Part 4 of 4
Peaceful Schools Program – CASSE Conference 2011 – Innovative Approaches
5-6 May 2011
The inaugural ‘Innovative Approaches’ Conference, a joint initiative of CASSE and The Dax Centre, highlighted some of the most innovative approaches to promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing in schools. Keynote speakers were Professor Stuart Twemlow, Chairman of the Division of Prevention in Mental Health, UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City; Professor George Patton, Director of Adolescent Health Research at Melbourne’s Centre for Adolescent Health; Dr Frank Sacco, co-author of ‘Why School Antibullying Programs Don’t Work’, with Professor Stuart Twemlow; and Ros June, of the Austin Health CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and Schools Early Action team.