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Fridays @CCP: A Shimmering Landscape: the imaginative and actual in psychic life (Dodi Goldman, PhD)

  • 5 Jan 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
  • Zoom
  • 320


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Fridays @CCP

Dodi Goldman, PhD

(New York, NY)

Friday, January 5, 2024

A Shimmering Landscape: the imaginative and actual in psychic life

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

About the presentation: Winnicott claimed, without ever fully elaborating, that what we call psyche is, at root, an “imaginative elaboration… of physical aliveness.”   From a psychoanalytic point of view, this is a rather startling statement gesturing toward implications Winnicott never fully acknowledges. This presentation imaginatively elaborates Winnicott’s idea of imaginative elaboration. We will view and discuss a series of projected images to consider how the idiosyncratic interplay between the actual and imaginative is forged from within our earliest relationships

Dodi Goldman, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty at the William Alanson White Institute.  He authored, “In Search of the Real: the origins and originality of D.W. Winnicott,” edited and wrote an introduction to “In One’s Bones: the clinical genius of D.W. Winnicott,” and is the former book review editor of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  His latest book, “A Beholder’s Share: essays on Winnicott and the psychoanalytic imagination,” won the 2017 Gradiva Award for Best Psychoanalytic Book.  Dodi maintains a private practice and study groups in Manhattan and Great Neck, NY.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to describe the difference between fantasy and the imaginative.

2. Participants will be to explain competing psychoanalytic ideas about illusion. 

This is an Intermediate /Advanced 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 January 4, 2024 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Kandel, E. (2012). Age of Insight: the quest to understand the unconscious in art, mind, and brain. NY: Random House.

Magritte, René (2016).  Selected Writings (eds. Kathleen Rooney and Eric Plattner). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

Sandburg, C. (1916).  Chicago Poems.  NY: Henry Holt & Co.

Silvery, R. and MacKeith, S. (1992), “The Paracosm: A Special form of Fantasy.” In Cohen, D. and MacKeith, S. eds. The Development of Imagination:the private worlds of childhood.  Routledge.

Sodre, I. (1998). Death by Daydreaming in Psychoanalysis and Culture: a Kleinian perspective.  D. Bell, (ed).  Tavistock/Duckworth: Tavistock Clinic Series, 1998.

Winnicott, D.W. (1949). Mind and its Relation to the Psyche-Soma. In Through Paediatrics to Psycho-Analysis, pp. 243-254, NY: Basic Books, 1975.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Toula Kourliouros Kalven, Alan Levy, PhD, Zak Mucha, LCSW

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