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The Lisbon based Unicorn Project provides an annual series of online encounters between psychoanalysts in training, young and experienced psychoanalysts from all around the world. We wish to create opportunities for honest exchange of thoughts, feelings and experiences about the intricate nature of our work and the human mind.

We wish to learn.

The encounters are theoretical and clinical discussions organized around a yearly topic. For 2018 the topic is depression. For each discussion we invite a psychoanalyst specialized on the theme. The discussion is developed based on the presentation of the speaker and clinical vignettes put forward by the group and supported by pre-read papers suggested by the specialist. Before each meeting the group comes together to discuss the readings and prepare for the encounter with the specialist.

In this year's edition, the topic is Depression. The meetings take the participants through the key concepts in working with people who have experienced depression and focus on psychotherapeutic expertise that is understood to be the most effective from a psychoanalytic stance.

If you would like to have more information about the Unicorn Project Lisbon, please
contact me.

The invited speakers for this years's edition are:

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Cláudio Laks Eizirik
Cláudio Laks Eizirik, MD, is a supervising and training Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Society of Porto Alegre. He is former President of the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Psychoanalytic Society of Porto Alegre and the Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies of Latin America.


7th April 2018 - Clinical Discussion

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Franco de Masi
Franco de Masi, MD, is a training and supervising analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and former President of Centro Milanese di Psicoanalisi and Secretary of the Training Milanese Institute.


19th May 2018 - Melancholic and Not Melancholic Depression

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Rosine Perelberg
Rosine Perelberg, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst and a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis of the British Psychoanalytic Society, visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London and corresponding member of the Société Psychanalytique de Paris.

23th June 2018 - Dead Mother Syndrome
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Marilia Aisenstein-Averoff
Marilia Aisenstein-Averoff is a member and training analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society and of the Hellenic Psychoanalytical Society. A past President of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, past President of l'Institut de Psychosomatique de Paris.

29th September 2018 - The Concept of Depression in French Psychoanalytic Tradition

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Jonathan Sklar
Jonathan Sklar, MBBS, FRCPsych, is a training analyst and fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society. Originally trained in psychiatry at Friern and the Royal Free Hospitals, he worked for four years in psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London. For many years he was consultant psychotherapist and head of the psychotherapy department at Addenbrookes and Fulbourn hospital in Cambridge.

17th November 2018 - Clinical Discussion

Organizers: Csongor Juhos, Teresa Abreu, Nuno Faleiro