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Fridays @ CCP: Sarah Nettleton - Idiom, self and character

  • 2 Nov 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Institute Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL


  • If you are a current CCP member, events are free of charge.
  • Non-CCP members who are also not students
  • Non-CCP members who are students.

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Fridays@CCP  November 2, 2018 

Sarah Nettleton

Idiom, self and character

Institute Cervantes
31 W. Ohio Street, 1st floor
Chicago, IL
6:30-7pm: Registration and refreshments
7-9pm: Presentation and discussion


Sarah Nettleton, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in London. Originally she studied music, working for many years as a piano accompanist, and for her Masters dissertation at the Tavistock Clinic she wrote on the psychodynamics of musical giftedness. Her other writings include papers on Schubert's song cycle Winterreise, the effects of sound and voice in Beckett, and the relationship between voice, creativity and metaphor. For many years she has taught seminars on the British Independents for various psychotherapy institutes in London, and she specialises in the work of Bollas, giving lectures and seminars on his work in the UK, Norway, Israel, France, America, Turkey, Mexico and India.  Her book The Metapsychology of Christopher Bollas: an Introduction was published by Routledge in 2016. 

About the presentation: By examining some key concepts in the work of Christopher Bollas, this paper will focus on fundamental aspects of our experience of ourselves as human beings. Throughout his prolific writings, Bollas addresses the complex relationship between the private, internal world and the world of external objects. He defines three familiar terms in particular ways: idiom is the irreducible, defining kernel of the individual; self refers to the network of relationships that exists within our internal world; and characterinvolves the unconscious communication that takes place when two selves meet. 

By exploring these three interrelated ideas, we hope to arrive at an enriched conceptual vocabulary with which to consider the ordinary human subjectivity that underlies all the phenomena we encounter in the consulting room.

Learning Objectives 
1.Participants will be enabled to think about various aspects of the inner relationship to the self.
2. Participants will be enabled to think about various aspects of the concept of idiom as the kernel of the personality.
3. Participants will be enabled to think about various aspects of unconscious communication between self and other. 

This Intermediate level  presentation will be of interest to graduate students and mental health professionals.

CCP members: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Students and Fellows: free with annual $125 membership, payable at registration.
Non-CCP members, single admission: $50
Student non-members, single admission: $15

Fees include refreshments and the presentation.

Continuing Education
This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by October 31, 2018 at  tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/suggested reading
Bollas C (1987) The self as object. The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known  (London: Free Assocation Books) 
Bollas C  (1993) Being a character. Being a Character: Psychoanalysis of Self Experience  (London: Routledge)  
Bollas C  (1995) What is this thing called self? Cracking Up (London: Routledge) 
Bollas C (2011) Character and  interformality.  The Christopher Bollas Reader
(London: Routledge) 

Nettleton S (2016)  Ch.3,5 & 6 from The Metapsychology of Christopher Bollas: an Introduction  (London: Routledge)

Presented by
The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Adina Bayuk Keesom, PsyD



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