Perversity and the Human Condition: an examination of childhood sexual abuse in our current context A one day seminar with Anne Manne, Jan McGregor Hepburn and Frances Thomson Salo Melbourne, Australia 20 April 2018, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA), the dark side of the human condition, is widely known about and yet consistently disavowed in all cultures and levels of society. More recently, an awareness of the grave harm this has caused has received global publicity – and as therapists and concerned citizens, we need to take another, focussed look at this global malaise. We witness multiple challenges around us and in our consulting rooms: The stigmatisation of survivors: while we know that some perpetrators have themselves suffered abuse, we also recognise that most survivors will not go on to offend or become perpetrators. The myth that most CSA victims will go on to offend themselves causes great harm to survivors, in addition to the abuse they suffered, creating unnecessary stigma and adding to their reluctance to coming forward Shame and embarrassment: We also know that a great number of mental health conditions in adulthood have CSA at their roots, and that shame and embarrassment, rather than belonging to the perpetrator, can be lodged in the victim; effectively silencing them. The Australian Royal Commission found, for example, that it can take an average of 33 years for a survivor to come forward While the ubiquity of CSA and recent publicity has resulted in the start of a global discourse – much more needs to be done. At this thought provoking and intellectually stimulating day, which would be especially beneficial for psychologists, counsellors and therapists, three experienced speakers come together to discuss and debate the implications of CSA, the shame and the stigmatisation; in the clinical setting and beyond: Using clinical material and a critical examination of psychoanalytic theory of human development, Jan McGregor Hepburn discusses the challenges we face when working with survivors of CSA. She evaluates therapeutic approaches that we can consider when working with survivors and with perpetrators Prof. Frances Thomson-Salo looks at CSA, specifically in the context of children less than 5 years in age and provides perspectives on how we can interpret their behavioural manifestations; their implicit and explicit representations of shame and guilt and their specific stigmatisation challenges Anne Manne draws upon her experience of being a witness to the recent commission hearings on institutional CSA and offers her thoughts on implications in an institutional setting This will be a rich but challenging day, and participants can expect to hear about difficult and painful matters, and to be asked to think about these. The day will be carefully contained and chaired so participants will feel supported as they work together and explore some of these issues. About the speakers Jan McGregor Hepburn has been the Registrar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) since 2005 and has a background in social work management and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is a trainer for the North of England Association for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is the author of several journal articles and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. She is on the Reading Panel of the British Journal of Psychotherapy and is currently conducting doctoral research in Infant Observation at the University of Northumbria. Anne Manne is an Australian journalist and social philosopher. She has been a regular columnist for The Australian and the Age. More recently, her essays on contemporary culture such as child abuse, pornography, gendercide and disability have all appeared in The Monthly magazine. Her essay ‘Ebony: The Girl in the Room’, was included in Best Australian Essays: A Ten-year Collection. She has written a Quarterly Essay, Love and Money: The Family and the Free Market, and a memoir, So This is Life: Scenes from a Country Childhood. Her 2005 book Motherhood: How should we care for our children? was short-listed in 2006 for Australian journalism's Walkley Award. A/Prof. Frances Thomson-Salo trained as a child and adult psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytic Society and held the post of President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Association. She is a Fellow of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis College. Apart from being the Consultant Infant Mental Health clinician, Royal Women's Hospital she is also a senior child psychotherapist at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne,. and is on the teaching faculty for the University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma/Masters in Health Sciences. Her books include The Female Body: Inside and Outside (The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoanalytic Ideas and Applications Series) (Karnac Books, 2013), and Infant Observation (Editor, 2014, Karnac). Schedule 9:45AM: Registration 10:00AM: Introductions - Jan McGregor Hepburn Discussions and Discourses led by: Jan McGregor Hepburn, Anne Manne and Frances Thomson Salo 11:30AM: Coffee Break 12:45AM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the seminar) 2:45PM: Coffee Break 3:00PM: Session 4: Plenary- Jan McGregor Hepburn, Anne Manne and Frances Thomson Salo 4:00PM: Close

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