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Seminar: Open Phase (Margaret Fulton, PhD)

  • 4 Nov 2023
  • (CDT)
  • 5 Nov 2023
  • (CST)
  • 3 sessions
  • 4 Nov 2023, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • 4 Nov 2023, 2:30 PM 4:30 PM (CDT)
  • 5 Nov 2023, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • via Zoom


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Margaret Fulton, PhD
Open Phase

November 3-5, 2023

Margaret Fulton is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Minneapolis. Having trained at the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, (MICPS), Margaret served on the State Board of Psychology for five years and was on the faculty of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (MPSI) for fifteen years.  She is currently a member of the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC) and her interests include the use of language, poetry, and spirituality in psychoanalysis

Seminar Title: 
Again and Anew:  The Opening Phase of Psychoanalysis

Seminar description: To quote Bion, “The sooner we can learn to make the best of a bad job the better; analysis has to be done in this real world, for good or ill.”

In this seminar we will be thinking about and exploring the many complexities, paradoxes, and tensions involved for both analysts and patients in beginning a psychoanalysis.  Concepts such as the psychoanalytic setting, contract, and frame; the gathering of the transference(s); the uses of reverie, play, and dreaming in the analytic field; the 3 R’s of regression, resistance, and remembering; as well as, the spectrum of early “interpretive” communication and therapeutic action will be used to highlight challenging clinical encounters in deepening an existing treatment and/or beginning a psychoanalysis.  Participants will be asked to share their encounters of clinical challenges and conundrums related to beginning a psychoanalysis.


(Seminar participants will receive copies of selected course readings prior to class)

Bollas, C.  (2013).  Catch Them Before They Fall: The Psychoanalysis of Breakdown.  New York:  Routledge. 

Casement, P. (2019). Learning Along the Way: Further Reflections on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. New York: Routledge.

Ehrlich, L. T. (2020). Psychoanalysis From the Inside Out. New York: Routledge.

Ferro, A., & Nicoli, L. (2017).  The New Analyst’s Guide to the Galaxy: Questions about Contemporary Psychoanalysis. London:  Karnac.

Hall, J. (2014).  Deepening the Treatment. New York: Jason Aronson.

Lemma, A, (2017).  The Digital Age on the Couch. New York: Routledge.

Markman, H. (2022). Creative Engagement in Psychoanalytic Practice.  New York: Routledge.

Maroda, K. (2022).  The Analyst’s Vulnerability.  New York: Routledge.

Ogden, T. (2022).  Coming to Life in the Consulting Room. New York: Routledge.

Parsons, M. (2000).  The Dove That Returns, The Dove That Vanishes. London:  Routledge.

Reith, R., Lagerlof, S., Crick, P., Moller, M., & Skale, E. (Eds.). (2012). Initiating Psychoanalysis: Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Rothstein, A. (1995). Psychoanalytic Technique and the Creation of Analytic Patients. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc.

Tylim, I., & Harris A. (Eds). (2017). Reconsidering the Moveable Frame in Psychoanalysis: Its Function and Structure in Psychoanalytic Theory. New York: Routledge.

Wilson, M. (2021). The Analyst’s Desire. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

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