Violent Radicalisation and ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorists

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Maria Pia Conte | Carine Minne | Louis Brunet

The IPA in Violence Committee will introduce an overview of its work for the community and refer briefly to some of the active community projects worldwide that are psychoanalytically anchored. The webinar will then focus on one relevant aspect, with Louis Brunet presenting a psychoanalytic understanding of violent radicalisation that contributes to understanding what leads to acts of ‘lone wolf’ terrorism. He will propose that violent radicalisation serves to compensate the narcissistic identity suffering by the reversal of the function of the superego and ego ideal. The hope is that individuals vulnerable to such psychopathological developments could be identified and treated earlier, before any catastrophic violent acting out. 
The Violence Committee would like to encourage more psychoanalysts to develop an interest in the applications of psychoanalytic thinking in the broader community and, in particular, in the areas of social violence. 

Carine Minne – Dr Carine Minne is a Consultant Psychiatrist within the UK’s National Health Service, Psychoanalyst of the British Society and chair of the IPA Violence Committee. She is President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy and co-editor of the recently launched International Journal of Forensic Psychotherapy. For 3 decades, she has been passionate about providing psychoanalytic treatments to mentally disordered offenders as well as about the benefits of applying psychoanalytic concepts to mental health and criminal justice organisations. Everyone benefits, patients, prisoners, and society in general – but is society civilised enough yet for these approaches when understanding, hence prevention, is confused with condoning?

Louis Brunet – Louis Brunet is a psychoanalyst, psychologist and professor at the psychology department of Université du Québec à Montréal. He is an ex-president of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society. He has published more than 150 papers and book chapters. His university research focuses on: individual and group violence, terrorism and radicalisation. His personal psychoanalytic research focuses on narcissistic identity, suffering and the functions of the analyst.

Maria Pia Conte – Maria Pia Conte is a psychiatrist and has worked for the Italian National Health Service for 22 years. During that period, she worked with the deaf community to help them gain respect as a language minority group. She is a member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and a guest member of the British Psychoanalytic Society and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice. She has worked as a staff member in group relations conferences and is a member of Il Nodo Group and OPUS. She has just been appointed as a member of the IPA Violence Committee. 

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Please note, this webinar will be in English.



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