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Hedda Bolgar Series: Psychoanalytic Babies: Infancy and the Infantile in Winnicott, Bion and Klein (Steven Seligman, DMH)

  • 22 Sep 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
  • 286


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Hedda Bolgar Series

Friday , September 22, 2023

Steven Seligman, DMH

(San Fransisco, CA)

Psychoanalytic Babies: Infancy and the Infantile in Winnicott, Bion and Klein

7-9pm: (CST): ZOOM Presentation & Discussion

About the presentation: D.W. Winnicott and W.R. Bion placed the infant at the center of psychoanalytic theory and clinical work.  Both were strongly influenced by Melanie Klein, but Winnicott went further in emphasizing the centrality of the infant-mother relationship.  Comparing these two breakthrough thinkers, Seligman describes Bion as a “one-and-a-half” person theorist, and Winnicott as a full-throated Object Relationalist and a Freudian intersubjectivist.

Dr Stephen Seligman, DMH is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; Editor Emeritus 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 New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. Dr. Seligman has recently authored Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, Attachment(Routledge), and is co-editor of the American Psychiatric Press’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe the place of images of infancy in psychoanalytic theory. 
  2. Participants will reflect on how psychotherapy interventions are influenced by conceptions of infancy and the infantile

This is an Intermediate Level Presentation.


CCP members: free with annual $195 membership, payable at registration.

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

Fellows: free with annual $175 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 September 21, 2023 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Bion, W. R. (1962). The psycho-analytic study of thinking. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 43, 306-310.

Seligman, S. (2018).  Kleinian psychoanalysis—internal objects, phantasies, and the centrality of the infantile primitive mind.   In: Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 47-53. 

Seligman, S. (2018).  Chapter 15, “Infant-parent interactions, phantasies, and an internal two-person psychology.” Kleinian and intersubjective views of projective identification and the intergenerational transmission of trauma”.  In: Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment. New York and London: Routledge.

Winnicott, D.W. (1956).  Primary maternal preoccupation. In: Through Paediatrics to Psycho-analysis.  London:  Hogarth Press, 1958.

Winnicott, D. W. (1960). The theory of the parent-infant relationship.  International Journal of Psycho-analysis, 41, 585.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Claude Barbre, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD

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