Understanding Dreams and Dreaming - 2024

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Psychoanalytic Seminars with Orna Hadary

Psychoanalytic seminars: Summer 2024
Understanding Dreams and Dreaming
A 4 seminar series with Orna Hadary

30th April, 7th May, 14th May, 21st May
8.00pm - 9:30pm (BST)

Online via Zoom.
This event is only available to attend live

Orna Hadary is a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, in full-time private practice. She teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and had taught for many years at the Tavistock Clinic and at other psychotherapy organisations in London and abroad. 

'In this series of 4 seminars, I would like to concentrate on developments in our understanding of dreams and dreaming in contemporary psychoanalysis. I hope to bring to life the sense of riddle and surprise that telling a dream evokes, and the ways we explore the dream in the psychoanalytic session. I hope to convey the special place dreams still have in the psychoanalytic encounter. We will discuss the content of dreams as well as their functions, form and quality. We will furthermore consider the differences between dreams and daydreams'

Participants will be encouraged to bring clinical examples of working with dreams for the discussion. We will aim to make links between the theoretical ideas and clinical work.


First Seminar: 30th April 2024: Freud’s discoveries about dreams

In the first seminar we will concentrate on Freud and his ground breaking discoveries about dreams, as our basis. In this seminar we will use ‘Irma’s Injection’ dream as our clinical example.

Second Seminar: 7th May 2024: The functions of dreams

In the second seminar we will focus on the different functions of dreams: on the one hand dreams can preserve and facilitate psychic development and thinking; on the other hand, dreams may function as a defence, for example for splitting off and evacuating disturbing feelings and unbearable mental content.  We will discuss the capacity to symbolise as an essential factor in assessing the functions of dreams.

Third Seminar: 14th May 2024: The psychoanalytic process and dreaming   

In the third seminar we will discuss how dreams and dreaming can be seen as a communication about the analytic relationships. Dreams can also mark development within the analysis.

Fourth Seminar: 21st May 2024: Daydreams

In the fourth seminar we will discuss daydreams, their functions and the differences between daydreaming and dreaming.


Reading material will be provided for each of these sessions 

Please note: these sessions can only be purchased as a series and there is a limit of 20 participants. 

REFUND POLICY: Tickets are fully refundable until 14 days before the lecture, after which time no refunds will be issued.

Concession tickets are available, for students, BPAS candidates and NHS trainees and nurses. Please email outreach@iopa.org.uk if you are unsure if you qualify for a concession ticket.

Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not represent the views or opinions of the Institute, event organisers or other speakers. We expect delegates to respect the confidentiality of clinical material discussed in our events. The content must not be recorded, conveyed or disseminated in any format and participants must not share access to the event with non-registered participants.


April 30th, 2024 8:00 PM through May 21st, 2024 9:30 PM
Online via Zoom
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Standard ticket £ 160.00
Concession £ 120.00
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Standard ticket £ 160.00
Concession £ 120.00