Alistair D. Sweet - Selected Publications

Sweet, A.D.  (2014)     Objects of desire and the mediated self:  Addictions, compulsions and fetishism in the techno-culture arena.  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy:  28:2, 176-192.  Routledge.

Sweet, A.D. (2014)       Free return trajectories or enmeshment?   Some psychodynamic factors and thoughts on the role of social capital in the use of substituted cathinones (M-cats).   Drugs and Alcohol Today: 14:1, 2-8.  Emerald Publishing Group.  

Sweet, A.D. (2013)      Pregabalin abuse and the risks associated for patients with a previous history of substance misuse.  Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 4:1,    Omics publishing. 

Sweet, A.D. (2013)     Thoughts without a thinker, mimetic fusing and the anti-container considered as primitive defensive mechanisms in the addictions.  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 27:2, 140-153.  Routledge. 

Sweet, A.D. (2013)      Aspects of internal self and object representations in disorganised attachment: Clinical considerations in the assessment and treatment of chronic and relapsing substance misusers. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 29:2, 154-167.  Wiley-Blackwell. 

Sweet, A.D. (2012)      Personality structures and chronic childhood relational trauma: Psychodynamic and attachment based perspectives that challenge the restricted diagnosis of personality disorder.      Psychotherapy and Psychological Disorders, Omics Press.      

Sweet, A.D. (2012)      The thrill-kill zone:  Some thoughts on the psychodynamics of addictive behaviours. Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2:2 1000e-104. Omics Press. 

Sweet, A.D. (2012)      Black holes: Some notes on time, symbolization and perversion in the psychodynamics of addiction.  International Forum of Psychoanalysis 21:2. 94-105. Routledge

Sweet, A.D. (2011)      The automaton self: defensive organization, psychodynamics and treatment approaches.  Psychodynamic Practice 17:4 387-402.  Routledge. 

Sweet, A.D. (2011)      Elements of psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment with structured and under-structured personalities.  British Journal of Psychotherapy 27:1 4-18.  Wiley-Blackwell. 

Sweet, A.D. (2011)      When therapeutic worlds collide: On Bion’s concept of reversible perspective: A brief review and clinical case illustration.  International Forum of Psychoanalysis 20:1 38-44.  Routledge. 

Sweet, A.D. (2011)      On the borderline: Some observations on internal pathological organizations, patterns of attachment and their later emergence in criminal offending and the therapeutic relationship.  Psychology and Psychotherapy 1: 10e doi: 10.4172. Omics Publishing. 

Sweet, A.D. (2010)      Paranoia and psychotic process: Some clinical applications of projective identification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  American Journal of Psychotherapy 64:4 339-58. APP. 

Sweet, A.D. (2010)      Automata states and their relation to primitive mechanisms of defence.  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 24:2 101-114.  Routledge.

Armstrong, C and Sweet, A.D. (2010)   Eastern Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Team Tier 3 Workforce Development Evaluations:  Inter-Agency Psychodynamic and Systemic Psychotherapy Training Report.  NICAS /FASA/ EDACT. 

Sweet, A.D. (2010) Psychodynamic therapeutic approaches to trauma and dissociation.  In: Abstracts of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation Conference Proceedings.  April 2010.  European society for trauma and dissociation (ESTD).  

Sweet, A. D, Weir, C, Prentice, G, Murphy, D. (2009) Screening and Brief Intervention with Alcohol Abusing Offenders.  In: Abstracts of International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol Problems.  October 2009. Inebria Publishing. 

Sweet, A.D., Weir, C, Prentice, G and Murphy, D. (2007) The Rapid Assessment and Treatment Service for Drug and Alcohol Misusers 2003-2006: A Three Year Review.  Northern Ireland Community Addiction Service. 

Sweet, A.D. (2006)      Substance abuse treatment for criminal offenders: An evidence based guide for practitioners, Eds: Springer, D.W., McNeece, C.A., Arnold, E.M, pp 256. Washington: American Psychological Association.  Reviewed for Drugs and Alcohol Today 6:4. Pier publishing.

Sweet, A.D. and Murphy, D. (2004)    Substance misuse and offending: An innovative partnership providing assessment and treatment.  Irish Probation Journal 1:1 14-16.   

Selected Recent Presentations:

Exploring the psychodynamics of addiction: Internal objects, the automaton self and destructive behaviours. One-day conference for the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, 4th October, 2014.

Addiction, attachment and the internal object world: Psychotherapeutic treatment strategies and interventions. Presentation to the School of Education, Counselling Trainees, Queen’s University, Belfast, 20th March, 2013.

Early ego states, disturbances of attachment and personality structures. Presentation to the 13th Annual Conference of the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder, Hilton Hotel, Belfast, 20-22 February, 2013.

Frozen in time: Dissociative disintegration and the re-emergence in psychotherapy of primitive early ego states. Invited speaker Division of Clinical Psychology, Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, 9th January 2013.

An Inside Job: Psychodynamic Approaches to Substance Misuse and Recovery. Invited speaker to a one day conference at Springfield University Hospital, London, and 14th November, 2011.

Black Holes: The Collapse of Time in the Mind of the Addict. Keynote speaker to 7th Annual International Conference on the Psychotherapy of Addictions: 28th June, 2011, London, U.K.

Psychodynamic therapeutic approaches to trauma and dissociation. The European Society for Trauma and Dissociation International Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 8-10th April, 2010.