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  • What We Put Into and Take (Out) Away From Groups
    May 27, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Group Psychotherapy SIG invites Dr. Shawn Ee to speak about:

What We Put Into
and Take (Out) Away From Groups:
A Perspective on Kleinian Groups, Attachment and its Psychodynamics



Is what you’re doing in your groups really psychotherapy or providing a lecture? Does a group accomplish its goal of ‘hitting the target, but missing the point? Let’s discuss this together. As it’s more popular and widespread to have psychotherapists train in and facilitate groups using Yalom-esque honesty or what’s a style termed under ‘process’ groups, it is argued that there is much to benefit from psychoanalysis in the understanding and conceptualisation of group dynamics.  The seminar will focus on taking participants through some basics on Kleinian object relations, as related to a ‘Tavistock-style’ conceptualisation of groups, analysis of transference and countertransference, and incorporating attachment theory as a way to create a more dynamic understanding of group experience.  Brief clinical examples will be delineated throughout the seminar.



Date: 27 May 2019 (Monday)

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm (2 hrs)

Venue: Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) , Stirling Road, Room A6009



Group Psychotherapy SIG Member: Free

SPS Member: $5

Non-SPS Member: $15



Dr. Shawn Ee, MAPS. MSPS.
Clinical Psychologist
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

With well over a decade’s worth of experience in mental health, Shawn has worked in several public and private contexts in both Singapore and Australia.  As a clinical psychologist, he has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of an array of psychological issues, and provides clinical supervision to psychologists and psychiatrists in various contexts.  He received his specialised training whilst residing in Perth, Western Australia, and was active in the activities of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Western Australia and the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc. Western Australia.  Shawn works both in long-term psychotherapy and in a short-term focused way.

Shawn’s specialist areas encompass Child and Adolescent PsychotherapyAdult Psychotherapy, and Drug and Alcohol Dependence treatment.  In his years based in Singapore, he has accumulated remarkable experience in the adult field, ranging from depressive/ anxiety/ anger issues to the assessment and treatment of Personality Disorders, Adult Sex Offenders, and Psychotic states.  His work is known for being gentle and respectful, whilst supporting his clients develop insights into their difficulties.

He spent the earlier years of his career at the Institute of Mental Health/ Woodbridge Hospital (IMH) in Singapore, practising as a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor at the Psychology Department. After leaving public healthcare, he was invited to return as a Visiting Clinical Psychologist in 2019 at the IMH Psychotherapy Service, where he continues to operate in his capacity as locum Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Psychodynamic Supervisor for psychiatry residents. He currently spends most of his time in private practice.

His areas of interest lie in the capacity for attachment over the life span, in particular, Infant Mental Health, as well as the practice of psychodynamic (or psychoanalytic) psychotherapy.  In 2018, he formed the Psychoanalytic Association of Singapore (PAS), and was invited to membership with the International Society of Applied Psychoanalysis (ISAP).  A keen advocate for developmentally appropriate and respectful parenting, Shawn is a registered Circle of Security (COS) Parenting Facilitator with Circle of Security International.

Shawn has guest-lectured and taught at several government and private institutions in Singapore and Australia.  He currently holds Associate Lecturer positions at Murdoch University (Singapore) and the Singapore University of Social Sciences, where he teaches undergraduate Psychology and Masters in Counselling programmes respectively.


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Venue Website:

MDIS, 501 Stirling Rd, Singapore, S148951, Singapore