Advanced Clinical Seminars:

  Psychoanalytic Perspective on Masochism:

A Theoretical and Clinical Approach

Trainer: Jean Jacques Lussier,  Psychoanlyst
Member of the OPQ and of the Société Psychanalytique de Montréal (1977). He is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Montreal. 

Course Description :
This course addresses the issue of masochism, masochism in therapy and the implication for the therapeutic process.   Every practitioner engaged in a therapeutic relationship will inevitably encounter masochism. It presents as erogenous, feminine or most commonly, moral masochism. Moral masochism manifests as a need for punishment and all kinds of suffering – a compulsion to fail, a therapeutic negative reaction, and it is a major obstacle to the progress of treatment.   It can be argued that engaging in psychotherapy necessitates a certain amount of “normal masochism” on the part of the client. However, when psychological suffering becomes the unconscious goal of therapy instead of being the prime mover of therapeutic progress, masochism constitutes great obstacles to treatment and, contributes to its interminability. Masochism creates a major challenge for the therapist and necessitates the acquisition of skills and tools for addressing this problem.     This course is appropriate for psychotherapist and other health professionals who work psychodynamicaly and are familiar with psychoanalytic theory.    

Course Objectives  

At the completion of this training participants will be able to do the following.

  1. Identify masochism and differentiate between its different forms.
  1. Describe sadism and masochism and their clinical manifestations.
  1. Describe the crucial importance of having a rigorous theoretical framework of masochism when intervening and interpreting in the therapeutic work.
  1. Explore the common therapeutic pitfall of focusing interventions exclusively on the aggressive dimension of masochism.
  1. Describe client resistance to giving up masochism.
  1. Describe counter-transference in working with clients with masochism.
Cont. Ed.Offerings

the Argyle Institute

Mondays May 4, 11 and 25, 2015    

10:00am to 12:00pm

6 hours

$ 225 Argyle Clinical members            
$ 275 Non- Argyle Affiliation 

OPQ Recognition
RA 00956-14 

CLICK HERE for registration form:
Advanced Clinical Seminar Masochism

Argyle Seminar Coordinator:
Donna Moffatt

The Argyle Institute of Human Relation

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Dear Friends of The Dorian Centre,

Music and Sound will be ringing through the spaces of The Dorian Centre this month! We are featuring two events in this regard: Firstly, we are pleased to introduce our first Chanting and Meditation evening with two very special musicians who have been leading and performing chants on three different continents for many years. We are also introducing a Monthly Sound Healing Circle featuring the voice. Details below...

Check out our website - - for listings of our many therapies available on an on-going basis. And please note the address where all events take place:

The Dorian Centre for the Healing Arts 
Queen Elizabeth Health Complex - 6th floor 
2100 Marlowe (enter on 2111 Northcliffe for weekend evening programs) 
Montreal (N.D.G.) H4A 3lA

We hope to see you soon!

Shelley Snow 

An Evening of Chanting and Meditation


Join us for a special evening of Kirtan chanting and meditation with our guests, Roselyn Journeaux and Charles Deschênes. Kirtan (from the Sanskrit word meaning “to sing”) is a folk form arising from the Bhakti movement in 15th century India. The Bhaktis wrote ecstatic love poems to the divine, and these poems were then sung in call and response fashion. Known as Kirtans, this form of chanting has been re-discovered in modern times *. Combining group singing with harmonium and drum, Roselyn and Charles create a heart opening atmosphere, giving space for inner discoveries, voice development and more.

▪ History of Kirtan courtesy of Dave Stringer, at

Roselyn Journeaux, recording artist since 16 years old is a warm and heartfelt singer with 20+ years experience in varied music styles, including, opera, jazz and Kirtan. Born in Australia, she trained in the United Kingdom and Canada, and has performed in Europe, the United States and Canada.

Charles Deschênes first went to India in a spiritual quest more than 30 years ago. Over the years he experienced and developed the art of chanting (kirtan), as well as the science of tablas and other Indian musical instruments. The refined musicality of his drum playing enhances the participant's experience of devotion and brings them to new unexpected heights.

Both Rosalyn and Charles have played at ashrams, meditation and yoga centres in Europe, India, the United States and Canada.

Date: Saturday November 22nd 
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
Cost: $20

To reserve your place: or call: (514) 679-0398

Monthly Sound Healing Circle


Sound Healing is the use of sound as a form of vibration that can favorably impact our bodies and minds in many ways. In this monthly group, the focus will be on developing and using the voice to engage in making sound in many forms. Our intention will be to bring balance, harmony, insight, spiritual connection, mental calm and more, into our lives. Group 'toning', in which open vowel sounds are vocalized on the length of the elongated breath, will be a major vehicle for this work. An aesthetically beautiful and powerful experience, group toning truly demonstrates the enormous potential of sound as an important tool for mind-body health and well-being.

Shelley Snow, Ph.D., M.T.A., is a psychotherapist, music therapist and the founder and director of The Dorian Centre. She conducted the first major study by a music therapist on sound healing for her doctoral research in 2011. She has been exploring this field for many years, has led workshops on sound internationally, and is currently collaborating with neuroscientists at McGill University on a study of toning. She has incorporated work with sound into her Music Psychotherapy work and conducts Sound Therapy at the Centre.

Date of 1st group: Sunday, November 30th 
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm 
Cost: $20

For more information or to reserve your place, please or call (514) 679-0398.

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