Michael Jacobs in Stockport – Oedipus is alive and well!

Prof Michael Jacobs in Stockport – Oedipus is alive and well! : Friday 12th May 2017

09:30 – 16:00

Michael Jacobs 1

Stop press: Michael Jacobs will be returning to Stockport on Friday 21st September 2018 to run a workshop on Illusion: Different ways of thinking and belief.  For further information click here

We have persuaded Prof Michael Jacobs to come to Stockport for this event, which will focus on the Oedipus complex.

Freud (1900) introduced the Oedipus complex in The interpretation of dreams. Since then it has been hugely influential and widely debated (e.g. Bettelheim 1984).  It is a controversial idea, which some see as an example of Freud’s obsession with sex. Other issues include the extent to which it is culturally specific (e,g. Kurtz, 1992); and the way it ignores sibling relationships, and more complex family dynamics. (e.g. Mitchell, 2003).


Michael Jacobs 2Michael  Jacobs writes “Ask anyone what they know about Freud and they will say ‘The Oedipus complex’. But Oedipus is more complex than that!

In the first part of the workshop I will consider Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, which inspired the idea. The play has an obvious theme of incest and abuse.  However, it also has much to say about the processes of therapy, knowledge and denial.

In the second part, I will consider the many ways in which Oedipal issues underlie presenting problems that go far beyond incest and abuse”.

The event will be of interest to psychodynamically or psychoanalytically oriented practitioners.  However, we believe that it will also be of interest to practitioners of other orientations who are seeking insights into practice and into the operation of the human mind.

The workshop leader

Michael Jacobs 3Michael Jacobs in a legendary figure in the world of counselling and psychotherapy.  For many years he was director of counselling and psychotherapy courses at the University of Leicester.  In 2000 he retired to Dorset, and now limits his work to supervision and teaching.  He is a visiting Professor at the University of Bournemouth.

He is best known for his key texts Psychodynamic counselling in action (Sage 2010) and The presenting past: The core of psychodynamic counselling and therapy (Open University Press, 2012) .  These books are both in their fourth editions. In total, he has written or edited nearly 60 books. More recently, he has focused on the wider application of psychoanalytic ideas, and is completing a PhD on psychoanalytic interpretations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is also writing a professional autobiography for Open University Press.

Practical arrangements

The event will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00.

The cost is £120 per delegate. However, for registrations made before 17th February 2017, there will be an ‘Early bird’ rate of £105. After this date we will maintain the ‘Early bird’ rate for groups of three or more who book and pay together.

The event, which includes lunch, will be held in the familiar surroundings of Cheshire Conference and Events at Edgeley Park Stadium in Stockport.

6 hours CPD. An individually signed certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered delegates. Those who register within 24 hours of the event, or who wish to obtain a duplicate, can order one from the website.

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Bettelheim, B. (1984). Freud and man’s soul. London: Vintage.

Freud, S. (1900). The interpretation of dreams (first part). In J. Strachey (Ed.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud Vol IV (2001) (pp. 1-338). London Vintage Books.

Jacobs, M. (2010). Psychodynamic counselling in action (4th ed.). London: Sage.

Jacobs, M. (2012). The presenting past: The core of psychodynamic counselling and therapy (4th ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Kurtz, S. M. (1992). All the mothers are one: Hindu India and the cultural reshaping of psychoanalysis. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Mitchell, J. (2003). Siblings. Cambridge: Polity Press.

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