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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

ISPSO AM 2024 Conference

1 July - 7 July, 2024
Sofia, Bulgaria

Professional Development Workshops

A Description for Presenters and Participants

Click here to view the 2024 PDW Program

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are workshops that run from a half-day to two-days in length during the first three days of the ISPSO Annual Meeting, July 1-3, 2024.

All Professional Development Workshops will be held in person in Sofia with no online option.
Charges and registration for Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are separate from other meeting registration and fees. You can attend PDWs without having to register for other parts of the meeting.

 PDWs are designed to offer:

  • Knowledge, skills and practices in psychoanalytic, and systems-psychodynamic thinking as they apply to understanding and working with organizations
  • Opportunities to think and learn with peers about organizations in diverse ways, using multiple approaches.

Workshop presenters (and participants) include both ISPSO members, and non-members. There is no particular degree or licensure required to offer a workshop. You do not, for example, have to be a psychoanalyst or therapist.

Workshop presenters and participants range from academics and clinicians of various kinds, to consultants and artists, and others interested in professional development from a psychoanalytic and systems thinking perspective. We are looking for a wide variety of workshops that engage participants creatively from multiple points of view.

Lunch will be provided for those presenting and participating in full-day and two-day workshops. Tea and coffee are provided in the mornings and afternoons for all attendees. In addition, the Planning Committee is working on an informal social program for PDW attendees. These may be walks around the city, collective meals at restaurants and informal musical jam sessions at the PDW hotel venue. You are welcome to bring musical instruments. Other than that, you will probably not need anything in addition to the provided conference pack (which includes a writing pad and pen).

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mal O’Connor at We look forward to seeing you at the ISPSO Annual Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria in July.