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Fridays @CCP: Soul Murder Revisited (Paul Williams, PhD)

  • 21 Jun 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • 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


Fridays @CCP

Paul Williams, PhD

(Greenbrae,  CA)

Friday, June 21, 2024

Soul Murder Revisited

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

About the presentation: The term ‘Soul Murder’ has a long history in literature and in mental health literature. In psychoanalysis, Freud  addressed the matter in his analysis of Schreber's memoirs and later Leonard Shengold developed the subject in the 1990's. In this  lecture Soul Murder is revisited, including from the point of view of theory of technique. Identifying and treating Soul Murder presents unique clinical obstacles for the psychoanalyst , some of which will be discussed

Dr Paul Williams trained as a Psychoanalyst with The British Psychoanalytical Society where he was a Training and Supervising Analyst. He won the Rosenfeld Essay Prize for the treatment of severe disturbance. He was Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis with Glen Gabbard between 2001 and 2007 and became a Consultant Psychotherapist in the British National Health Service in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he worked in an out-patient clinic and a Forensic Unit to provide treatment for traumatized patients. He lives and works in private psychoanalytic practice in Northern California. He has published many papers and books on the subject of severe disturbance and psychosis. He recently produced a highly acclaimed experimental trilogy on the literary depiction of severe disturbance from the inside: The Fifth Principle (Routledge, 2010). Scum (Routledge, 2013), The Authority of Tenderness (Routledge 2021). 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1. Distinguish key characteristics of Soul Murder.

2. Gain a sense of clinical parameters usable in the treatment of Soul Murder, including in its psychotic manifestations.

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 June 20, 2023 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Freud S (1911B) ‘Psycho-analytical. Notes on an autobiographical account of a case of paranoia (Dementia Paranoides') .’ SE12: 9-79

Shengold, L. (2011) Trauma, Soul Murder, and Change. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 80:121-138

Shengold, L. (1978) Kaspar Hauser and  Soul Murder: A study of deprivation. International Review of Psychoanalysis  5:457-476

Vestin, U. (1997) Antigone—A Soul Murder. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 66:082-092

Williams P (2019) Isolation. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29:1–12,

Presented by

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

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