A practising psychoanalyst with 20 years of experience in Melbourne and the United States, and training in narrative therapy and brief solution focus, Kate has worked as a clinical specialist in publicly funded counselling and consulted widely in the field of social welfare.
Kate lectured in psychology and women’s studies, before arriving at ACAP in 2008.
She has been published on sublimation and symptom formation in international journals, and contributed to a book on Lacanian approaches to working with children and adolescents. Her essays on contemporary art have appeared in catalogues and books such as Radical Revisionism: An Anthology of Writings on Australian Art and Elizabeth Newman, More than what there is. Kate was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to education, 2010.
Kate is Convenor, Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators and Co-Convenor, PACFA Conference Committee and is on the Committee of Management, Lacan Circle of Melbourne. She served on the Clinical Committee and the Subcommittee for Policy and Procedure in the Doctoral Program Department of Psychology, University of West Georgia, and the Subcommittee for Gender Equity Policy Development, President’s Commission of the Status of Women, New Mexico State University.
Kate has organised a number of international conferences including: The Third Annual Conference of Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, on Obsessional Neurosis, The University at Albany, 2001 (with Charles Shepherdson and Dan Collins); and the Fifth Annual Conference of Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Fundamental Fantasies: Écrits and After, at Dusquesne University, Pittsburgh, 2003 (with Bruce Fink and Dan Collins).
Clinical Registrant, Mental Health Practitioner, and Accredited Supervisor, PACFA Registration #23431
Licensed Mental Health Counsellor, State of New Mexico, Licence # 0091461 (Expired)
Member, The Lacan Circle of Melbourne; Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups.
- Briggs, K. (2017). Transference today and the necessity of invention - notes on working with adolescence. In S. Farrelly, & C. Owens (Eds.), Notes on the Child. A collection of essays on contemporary Lacanian child and adolescent clinical practice (pp. 139-153). London: Karnac Books.
- After Image: Kate Briggs interviews Juan Dávila. In Art and Ambiguity (pp.26-61). Edited by Paco Barragán. Santiago, Chile: Centro Cultural Matucana 100. (Published in Spanish and English). 2016
- Review, Mothering & Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Sociological and Feminist Perspectives. (Edited by Petra Bueskens. Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press, 2014). Studies in the Maternal, 6(2), 2014, www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk
- Vacancies of being, the insistent construct: Elizabeth Newman, aesthetics and discontent, in Elizabeth Newman. More than what there is. Fayen D’Evie and Elizabeth Newman, Eds. Melbourne: 3-ply. 2013.
- Inspired abstraction: Commentaries on presence and time, in Convergent worlds. Nancy Sever, Ed. Canberra: Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University. 2012.
- Of mythic proportion: A commentary on presence and time. Catalogue essay. Melbourne: Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art. 2012.
- Painting, an act of faith: moments in the work of Juan Davila and After Image. A conversation between Juan Davila and Kate Briggs, Juan Davila, The moral meaning of Wilderness. Canberra: Australian National University Australian National University in association with Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne. 2010.
- An obsessional act of erasure: Žižek on L’Origine du Monde. The International Journal of Zizek Studies. 2009.
- Virginity, co-authored with Chris Bell, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship and Sexuality through History. Volume 6: The Modern World. Edited by James T. Sears. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing. Pp. 285- 288. 2008.
- Symptom formation, from Klein to Lacan, Analysis 13, pp. 45-62. 2007.
- Of love and modernity: The lament of Joshua Smith, Radical Revisionism. Edited Rex Butler. Brisbane, Australia: The Institute of Modern Art. Pp. 264-271. 2006.
- The work of sublimation love: Utilising absence, Analysis 10, pp. 10-21. 2001.
- From a softer silence: Readings of erasure. Juan Davila. Love’s Progress. Melbourne: Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, 2000.
- Transmission as unitive virtue, a complaint of conviction: Teresa Brennan Reading Lacan, Err 1, The Clinic, Fall 1999.
- From the issue of what goes missing, Aedon 5 (1), pp. 129-151. 1998.
- Joy Hirst. Site Index, Agenda. No. 44-45. 1995.
- Contraplex. Catalogue essays. Melbourne: The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 1991.
- The Oedipus Variations. Sydney: The Australian Centre for Photography, 1990.
- 'Three possible endings. An interview with Yvonne Rainer', Photofile No. 30. Conducted jointly with Fiona Mcdonald. 1990.
- Dissociation and the real: Disordered affect and its treatment by perversion. Lacan Circle of Melbourne/Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis joint colloquium, Treacy Centre, September 16, 2017.
- Critical and clinical: reflective practice, teaching and innovation, NPI Conference, November 4, 2016.
- Building therapeutic alliances. Hastings network meeting, Mental Health Professionals' Network, June 20, 2016.
- Transference today: the necessity of invention. Notes on working with an adolescent girl. Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW) Conference On Transference, APW and Permanent Training Psychoanalytical Therapy, Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting, Ghent University, August 22, 2015.
- Presentation, PACFA Panel on The effectiveness of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, ACAP Sydney, May 22, 2015.
- Couples outside fantasy. LCM/ACP Seminar, November 15, 2014.
- Working with trauma. Frankston & Peninsula Transcultural network meeting, Mental Health Professionals’ Network, July 10, 2014.
- Trauma, attachment and psychotherapy. ACAP Alumni, Melbourne, April 1, 2014.
- From attachment to the object and the drive, LCM Study Day, March 15, 2014.
- Hysteria and the hysteric’s discourse, LCM Introductory Course, March 11, 2014.
- Juan Davila, On Wagner. The ring of the Mapuches: Effects of truth on presence and time. Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, November 21 and 28, 2013.
- What evidence? The American Psychological Association’s Resolution on the Recognition of Psychotherapy Effectiveness, 6th Annual ACAP conference, Oct 28, 2013.
- Psychoanalysis: an ethical response, Desire in the 21st Century ACP/LCM colloquium, Melbourne, September 14, 2013.
- Testimonies of the Pass, Report from Miami. Lacan Circle of Melbourne Study Day, June 15, 2013.
- Presentation on transference. Lacan Circle of Melbourne Study Day, May 18, 2013.
- Femininity and ravage. Lacan Circle of Melbourne Study Day, March 16, 2013.
- Considering suppléance: distinctions in the formation of paternal and delusion metaphors. Lacan Circle of Melbourne Study Day, June 16, 2012.
- Nietzsche and Rancière: Aesthetics and its Discontents. Lacan Circle of Melbourne, Study Day, August 20, 2011.
- Presentation for Arts Nation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, September 1, 2011 http://www.abc.net.au/arts
- New work by Juan Davila: Approaches to the real. Department of Art and Design, Monash University, July 27, 2011.
- Some introductory notes on Civilization and its Discontents. Lacan Circle of Melbourne, Study Day, May 21, 2011.
- Religious ritual and obsessional neurosis. Lacan Circle of Melbourne, Study Day, February 19, 2011.
- Case Presentation, Australian Center for Psychoanalysis, August 2010.
- Something that’s given as an enigma: psychosomatic symptoms as body events. The Body and the Unconscious. Xth Lacan Symposium, Australian Center for Psychoanalysis. August 1, 2009.
- Painting, an act of faith: moments in the work of Juan Davila. Out of Bounds: Art, Faith and Religiosity. Convened by Domenico Di Clario and Sarah Curtis, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, August 23, 2008.
- Respondent, Eighth Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Philadelphia, March 2008.
- Plenary Panel. Psychoanalysis Under Fire: Kleinian, Winnicottian, Lacanian and Relational Theory and Practice, Part II. The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, November 3, 2007.
- Emigrants from the sphere of the universal: anxiety, faith and feminine jouissance. Distinguishing faith, certainty and belief, Part II. Symposium on Psychoanalysis and Belief. The Department of English. University of Texas at Arlington. October 20, 2007.
- Fundamentalism, certainty and faith: Anxiety and the ethics of sexual difference, Ninety-ninth meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Atlanta, April 6, 2007.
- A Poetics of Separation, Plenary Panel, ‘What’s the Difference? Engaging our patients through Klieinan, Winnicotian, Lacanian and Relational Theories.’ The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, October 2006.
- Case Presentation, New York Freud Lacan Analytic Group, Clinical Study Day, Oct 2005.
- Exploring the Feminine. Gender, identity and sexuality, launch of Women’s History Month, Women’s Studies Program, New Mexico State University. March 8, 2005.
- Symptom formation, from Klein to Lacan. Working with the Symptom, Sixth Annual Conference of Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Creighton University, Omaha. September 2004.
- The gift of absence: sublimation, feminine sexuation and faith, State University of West Georgia, March 2004.
- Faith, anxiety, and the ethics of sexual difference, American Psychological Association, August 2003. Symposium organized by Kareen R. Malone.
- Anxiety as saving through faith. The role of the sinthome in mitigating the paralysis of emotion by affect. Fundamental Fantasies: Écrits and After. Fifth Annual Conference of Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Duquense University, Pittsburgh. May 2003.
- Anxiety as saving through faith. The role of the sinthome in mitigating the paralysis of emotion by affect. Emotions, The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society Eighth Annual Convention on Psychoanalysis and Social Change, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. October 2002.
- Respondent, Fourth Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Daemon College, Buffalo, June 2002.
- An obsessional act of erasure: Žižek on L’Origine du Monde. Social Symptoms, The Seventh Annual Convention of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. November 2001.
- Situating Seminar X. Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Buffalo. September 2001.
- Reading Seminars X and XIV. Après Coup. June 2001.
- From Das Ding to the Sinthome: a question concerning sublimation in feminine sexuation. Deakin University Psychoanalytic Seminar. June 2001.
- The work of sublimation love: Utilizing absence. Second Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Emory University, Atlanta. May 2000.
- Workshop, An Introduction to the Names-of-the-Fathers. Second Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Emory University, Atlanta. May 2000.
- The work of sublimation love: Utilizing absence. Social Symptoms, The Fifth Annual Conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Columbia Teachers College, New York. November 1999.
- Julia Kristeva’s other jouissance: An ethics of depression? Feminine Sexuality, First Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Boston College, Boston. May 1999.
- Subject before God: Feminine anxiety and the body in jouissance. Oedipus Today, The Fourth Annual Conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Emory University, Atlanta. November 1998.
- Emigrants from the sphere of the universal: A question concerning faith, feminine anxiety and the body in jouissance. Workshop on Anxiety, Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis in the Freudian Field. November 1998.
- Thinking through sacrifice: Psychoanalytic feminism, on the fault line of the father and the question of the Real. Research Seminar in the Psychoanalytic Stream, Royal Park, May 1998.
- In the heart of absence. A eulogy of castration. Detail. A Writing Project, Coordinated by Brenda Ludeman. Ist Floor, Melbourne. July 10-July 21, 1996. (The exhibition was four independently authored manuscripts of 10,000 words or more.)
· Dissociation and the real: Disordered affect and its treatment by perversion. Lacan Circle of Melbourne/Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis joint colloquium, Treacy Centre, September 16th, 2017.
· Critical and clinical: reflective practice, teaching and innovation, NPI Conference November 4, 2016.
· Building therapeutic alliances. Hastings network meeting, Mental Health Professionals’ Network, June 20, 2016.
· Transference today: the necessity of invention. Notes on working with an adolescent girl. Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW) Conference On Transference, APW and Permanent Training Psychoanalytical Therapy, Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting, Ghent University, August 22, 2015.
Advanced Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, COUN6371; Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy COUN6121; Philosophies and Theories of Counselling, COUN6104.
Contemporary Psychotherapy (Masters); Counselling Theories and Practice (Masters); Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Specialisation (Masters).
Narrative Therapy; Mental Health Issues; Counselling Methods 1; Counselling in loss; Counselling Skills 2; Social Legal and Ethical; Group Theory and Practice; Social Analysis; Introduction to Contemporary Society; Applied Social Research; Developmental Psychology; Developing Professional Practice; Professional Development and Reflective Practice; Counselling Specialisation Reflection Workshop; Counsellor Development Workshop, The Counsellor’s Experience.
PSYC3150 Abnormal Psychology; PSYC6785 Advanced Horizon Seminar: Intro to Lacan, PSCY1030 Personal Relationships; PSYC6785 Psychology of Faith; PSYC6220 Theories of Counselling, PSYC6250 Foundations of Psychoanalysis; PSYC6287 Practicum.
WS 355/455 Feminist Qualitative Methods; WS 202 Representing Women, WS325 Feminist Philosophy; WS 454/554 Women Crossing Borders; WS 465 Sex, gender and the body across the disciplines, WS 455/555 Feminist Inquiries; WS 471/571 Feminist Theory.
Expository Writing, 355:312 Writing for Biology and the Natural Sciences, 355:201 Research in the Disciples, The Family; 355:301 Women and Autobiography.
Research & Scholarships
Research interests include complex care teams, contemporary critical practice, psychoanalytic feminism and how the work of invention informs contemporary clinical work.
Relational Gestalt Therapy Supervision Master Class. Facilitated by Lynne Jacobs, GTA, 1 & 2 August, 2017.
Gestalt Workshop: Aesthetic Relational Knowledge in Diagnosis & Psychopathology. 2 days 4th & 5th October, 2016.
PACFA Mental Health Practitioner Course, 7-20 September 2015
Working Relationally with Conflicted Couple Relationships, Two-day Master class with Stephen Madigan, Relationships Australia, Canberra, 5-6 November 2015.