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Fridays @ CCP: Stephen Seligman, PhD - Psychoanalytic Babies:Relational-Developmental Psychoanalysis Now

  • 3 May 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Institute Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago, IL


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  • Non-CCP members who are also not students
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Fridays@CCP May 3, 2019

Stephen Seligman, D.M.H

(San Fransisco, CA)

Psychoanalytic Babies: Relational-Developmental Psychoanalysis Now

Instituto Cervantes
31 W Ohio, Chicago
6:30-7pm: Registration and refreshments
7-9pm: Presentation and discussion

Stephen Seligman, D.M.H. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and Clinical Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis.  Dr. Seligman has recently authored Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment (Routledge), and is co-editor of the American Psychiatric Press’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice.

About the presentation: We will consider how analytic practice can be affected by thinking about infants and children, asking how (and whether) we can talk about babies and patients in the same breath.  Video illustrations will be included, and case material will be considered.  
The presentation will bring together what remains vital in the classical psychoanalytic traditions with the emerging intersubjectivist-Relational sensibility, including new findings in the areas of attachment, infant-parent interaction research, developmental neuroscience, trauma, and the like.  It will consider analogies between infant-parent and patient-therapist interaction patterns, how looking at babies brings the lived experience of the body back into analysis, and helps us think about the non-verbal, emotional and interactive realms.  An orientation to the history of developmental psychoanalysis and the place of infancy and childhood in different analytic approaches will be offered, and the different “analytic babies” will be described and compared--Freud’s baby, Klein’s baby, Winnicott’s baby, the Relational baby…. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will increase their use of psychotherapeutic interventions based on understanding how young children develop.
  2. Participants will be able to make useful and direct observations of therapist-patient interactions.
  3. Participants will clarify how different psychoanalytic conceptions of infancy affect their own case formulation and intervention strategies.
This Intermediate 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 May, 2, 2019 at tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Reading
Seligman, S. (2018).  Relationships in development: Infancy, intersubjectivity, and attachment.  London and New York: Routledge.
Main, M. (2000).  The organized categories of infant, child, and adult attachment:  Flexible vs. inflexible attention under attachment related stress. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  48,4:1055-1097.
Mitchell, S. (1988).  “The metaphor of the baby,” In: Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis:  An Integration.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, pp.127-150. 
Sandler, J. (1960).  The background of safety.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis.  41:352-365.
Sander, L.W. (2002). Thinking Differently: Principles of Process in Living Systems and the Specificity of Being Known.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, A Journal of Relational Perspectives. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press. 2:11-42.

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

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