Wednesday Apr 14, 2021

Timothy Keogh - A commentary on "The Response Aroused by the Psychopath", Commemorating its author, Neville Symington.

In today’s episode Maria Teresa Hooke (Past President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society and past Chair of the IPA Committee on New Groups) welcomes Timothy Keogh (Current President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society), who presents a modified version of a commentary (published in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Forensic Psychotherapy [2019]) on Neville Symington’s classic paper, The Response Aroused by the Psychopath (1980), to highlight Neville’s lesser known contribution to forensic psychoanalysis and to present a view on this concept from the perspective of a contemporary psychoanalyst.

Dr Timothy Keogh is a psychoanalyst, forensic psychologist and couple and family psychotherapist.  He has had thirty years’ experience working with offenders in a variety of clinical and executive roles in both Juvenile Justice and Corrective Services in Australia, including State-Wide Director of Inmate Services and Programs. A member of the Mental Health Tribunal (Civil and Forensic), he also recently led the establishment of the Australian Forensic Psychotherapy Association, of which he is the inaugural President.  

Dr Keogh also has a strong interest and commitment to indigenous issues and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of CASSE, a psychoanalytically-oriented charity that provides an Aboriginal program in Central Australia.  He also had a key role in establishing and is current President of a Psychoanalytic Charity Penthos, immediate past vice president (English) of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP), a member of the IPA Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis and Vice President of the Australasian Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies.  He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Medical School (University of Sydney) and a visiting Professor to the Tonji Medical School (University of Wuhan) in China.  He authored Through a Glass Darkly (2012) and is senior editor of Psychoanalytic Approaches to Loss (2018) and Interpretation in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (2019).

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