Psychoanalysis and Law: A Necessary Partnership

Welcome to the IPA's webinar: 'Psychoanalysis and Law: A Necessary Partnership'. This webinar will feature Plinio Montagna, Ronald Doctor and Bob Pyles discussing the intersection of psychoanalysis and law, and their work in this important area. For many, it is hard to imagine a more alien environment for psychoanalysis than the courtroom. Psychoanalysis depends on the neutrality of the consulting room, the quiet contemplation and careful attentiveness of the therapist to the patient. However, through this webinar, our panellists will try to explain why a psychoanalyst would involve themselves in such matters, and what they can contribute.

For those who can't attend our live session, we'll provide a recording. 


Bob Pyles 
Robert L Pyles, MD, has twice served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, President of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, two terms on the Board of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and is a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Society and Institute of New England.

Plinio Montagna
Post Graduate in Psychiatry at the University of London and Master of Psychiatry at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo. Plinio is a Training Analyst, Supervisor and Past-President at the Society of Psychoanalysis of São Paulo. He is Past-President of the Brazilian Federation of Psychoanalysis and Past-Editor of Revista Brasileira de Psicanálise. Member of the IPA Board (2003-2007), former member of the IPA Psychoanalysis and Society Committee, former Chair for Latin America of the IPA 100 Year Anniversary Committee and former Chair for Latin America of the IPA Outreach Committee. Plinio is currently the Chair of the IPA Committee of Psychoanalysis and Law and President of the Forensic Psychiatry Committee of the State of São Paulo Medical Association.

Ronald Doctor
Ronald Doctor is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy and Forensic Psychotherapy, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, member of the IPA Committee of Psychoanalysis and Law, board member of the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy, and Hon. Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College, London. He has edited two books: “Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management” (2003) and “Murder; a Psychotherapeutic Investigation” (2008) and published “History, Murder and the Fear of Death”, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytical Studies (2015) 12.2 152-160. 

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