The sixth form psychology students were invited to attend a lecture hosted by Winchester College PsychSoc (psychology society) last week. The lecture was given by psychoanalyst Patrick Casement.
After reading anthropology and theology at Cambridge University, Mr Casement worked as a probation officer and then as a family caseworker (in the East End of London). He subsequently trained as a psychotherapist and later as a psychoanalyst. He wrote four books, the first two of which, On Learning from the Patient (1985) and Further Learning from the Patient (1991) have been selected by Routledge to launch their new series "Classics in Mental Health". His third book, Learning from our Mistakes (2002) received a Gradiva award in the US for its contribution to psychoanalysis. His last book, written after he retired, is Learning from Life (2006), which is partly autobiographical. He has recently survived an aggressive cancer and approaches each day with a renewed passion for life.
His talk focused on being a psychoanalyst and relaying some of his cases and the special relationship between patient and analyst. The girls found it very moving and inspirational.