ABSTRACT

The invitation to contribute to this book prompted me to reflect on my involvement in the creation and early activities of the Scottish Institute of Human Relations (SIHR). I had trained as a minister and worked for some time as a parish minister before, in the 1960s, taking up the post of Chaplain at a psychiatric hospital, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. In this chapter, I begin by reflecting on those times and then turn more specifically to the coming together of ministry and psychoanalysis under the auspices of the SIHR. Drawing on examples, I illustrate how we made space for psychoanalytic thinking and practice at that interface.