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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Melbourne Regional Meeting Thursday 6 October 2022

We are delighted to share that Claudia Nagel will be visiting Australia in early October and has arranged her schedule so that she can join us for this event. She is keen to facilitate an exploration of the ongoing impact of online versus IRL experiences of group activity, and has offered to lead a session to explore this theme. It is very topical generally, and especially relevant in an ISPSO context.

We are also planning a reflective session, led by Rob and/or Nuala, to share the range of experiences of ISPSO membership: e.g. via the 2022 AM experience, or other experiences of membership (Racism forum, Monthly Members meetings, Listserve, etc).

The aim is to provide participants with an opportunity to connect ‘in real life’ and to share both their experiences and aspirations for ISPSO. There will also be an opportunity to hear some details about ISPSO plans, including the 2023 AM to be held in South Africa.

Please register via the Trybooking link below asap and not later than COB Friday 30th September.

Event Date: Thursday 6th October
Venue: Upstairs at the Kent Hotel, 370 Rathdowne St, Cnr Curtain St, Carlton (Parking around Curtain Square if required).

A. Workshop : 3.45pm arrival for 4.00pm start

B. Dinner: 6.30pm for 7.00pm start

A. WORKSHOP: 3.45pm arrival for a 4.00pm start.

The workshop involves two sequential sessions. These are:

Session 1: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Title: Exploring the Online versus ‘In Real Life’ Experiences and implications for our Work

Session 2: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Title: Reflections and Plans – Experiences of ISPSO Membership

B. EVENING DINNER: 6.30pm for 7.00pm start

In addition to enjoying general collegiality, there will be an opportunity for people to briefly present their further reflections, musings and ideas in relation to any ISPSO matters…or life in general!


We look forward to receiving your registrations (and apologies if you are unable to come).
We encourage you to attend both the workshop and the dinner, but have priced these separately as below. Of course, prospective members and other interested colleagues are very welcome.

Workshop only: $15 ISPSO Members, $25 for Non-Members.
Dinner only: $65 for a two course , limited selection meal. Drinks available for purchase from the bar downstairs.

If you register for both, please enter the promotional discount code ‘WORKSHOPDINNER’ to receive $5 discount off each ticket price.
i.e. Workshop & Dinner is $70 for ISPSO Members and $80 for Non-Members

Please do not register multiple people in one booking, as this creates administrative difficulties for us.
To register and pay, go to Trybooking

We would appreciate your registration as soon as possible, and by COB Friday 30th September at the latest.

Be sure to advise any dietary requirements on registration.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and hope to see you there.

Nuala and Rob

Nuala Dent,
Rob Ryan,