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Fridays @CCP: The Revolutionary Legacies of Fairbairn and Pichon Riviere (David Scharff, MD)

  • 13 Jan 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
  • Zoom
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  • If you are a current CCP member, events are free of charge.
  • Non-CCP members who are also not students

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Fridays @CCP

David Scharff, MD

(Chevy Chase, MD)

Friday, January 13, 2023

The Revolutionary Legacies of Fairbairn and Pichon Riviere

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM

About the presentation: This presentation will outline the principal tenets of contributions of W. R. Fairbairn and Enrique Pichon Riviere, two unsung revolutionaries of psychoanalysis, and discuss subsequent developments made possible by their reorientation of psychoanalytic theory.

David Scharff, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, as well as at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also Co-Founder and Former Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute; former Chair of the International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; and editor-in-chief of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China. He directs training programs in analytic couple and family therapy in Beijing and Moscow. Scharff is the 2021 recipient of the Sigourney Award for pioneering work in psychoanalysis.

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to list:

1. Three elements of theory that Fairbairn contributed that reoriented analysis towards the centrality of relationships in development.

2. Two changes suggested by Pichon Riviere that enabled analysis to consider social connection in development and the influence of previous generations.

This is an Intermediate to Advanced Presentation


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

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 and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. 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/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by January 12, 2023 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Scharff, D.E., Birtles, E.F. (1997). From Instinct To Self: The Evolution And Implications Of W. R. D. Fairbairn's Theory Of Object Relations. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 78:1085-1103.

Scharff, D. E. (2018) Re-Review of Symbiosis and Ambiguity by Jose Bleger, edited by John Churcher and Leopoldo Bleger, 2013. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 66:5pp 999-1005.

Scharff, D. E. (2019) “Living in the Object.” In D. E. Scharff, Ed. The Use of the Object in Psychoanalysis: An Object Relations Perspective on the Other. London and New York: Routledge. Pp. 4-16.

Scharff, D. E., Losso, R. and Setton, L. (2017) Pichon-Rivière’s psychoanalytic contributions: Some comparisons with object relations and modern developments in psychoanalysis. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 98(1): 129-143.

Scharff, D. E. (2022) Changing family and marital structure in China: emotional strain at cultural and individual levels. Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China 5 (1): 34-40.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD.

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis is an IRS 501(C)(3) charitable organization, and expenses may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and your personal tax situation.

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