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Fridays @CCP: All But Dissertation (ABD), All But Parricide (ABP); Young Adulthood and the Mutual Act of Individuation (Christopher Bonovitz, PsyD)

  • 21 Apr 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
  • 353


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Christopher Bonovitz, PsyD

(New York ,  NY)

Friday, April 21, 2023

All But Dissertation (ABD), All But Parricide (ABP); Young Adulthood and the Mutual Act of Individuation

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM

About the presentation: In this paper, the author examines young adulthood as a developmental stage in its own right and as distinct from adolescence. The author describes the tasks and various factors that contextualize young adulthood and highlights a common developmental crisis that young adults often experience with regard to achieving self-responsibility and individuation. Drawing on Loewald’s seminal work in understanding the process of individuation and the mutual dimension to the act of parricide, attention is given to those young adult patients who struggle with committing this symbolic murder of the parent/analyst, especially when confronted with a narcissistically vulnerable parent who is unable to allow him or herself to be “killed off.” Detailed case examples are presented in which analyst and patient collude to avoid the act of parricide, and the complicated enactments that ensue as a result.

Dr. Christopher Bonovitz is Faculty, Supervising & Training Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology & Clinical Consultant, New York University (NYU) Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis; Faculty & Supervisor, the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, & the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues & the Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Co-Authored an edited book with Andrew Harlem entitled, Developmental Perspectives in Child Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, published by Routledge in 2018 as part of the Relational Book Series edited by Lew Aron & Adrienne Harris. He also recently published a series of articles on the Waiting Room in Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

Identify the key features of young adulthood

To explain what is mutual in the process of individuation

This is an Intermediate Level 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 April 20, 2023 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Bonovitz, C. (2007) Whose Who in the Psychoanalytic Situation: Subject, Object, and

Enactment in the Relational and Contemporary Kleinian Traditions. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 17:411-437.

Bonovitz, C. (2010) The Interpersonalization of Fantasy: The Linking and De-Linking of

Fantasy and Reality. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 20:627-641

Bonovitz, C. (2021) The Waiting Room as an Extension of the Treatment: Transference and Countertransference across the Consulting and Waiting Rooms. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 31:50-62.

Levy-Warren, M. H. (1996). The Adolescent Journey: Development, Identity Formation, Psychotherapy. Northvale, NJ: Aronson.

Loewald, H. (1979). The waning of the Oedipus complex. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association,  27,  751-775.

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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