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Institute of CFS

Modern Kleinian Clinical Case Seminars

Three-Session Program (6 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Phee Rosnick, PhD and Ann Rudovsky, LCSW
Dates: Fridays, April 14, May 12, and June 2, 2017
Location: Upper NYC - TBA
Time: 1:30-3:30pm

These clinical seminars will focus on the contribution the Modern Kleinians have made to working with patients with more severe pathology. Typically, they struggle with either absent or persecutory internalized objects, cruel superegos, feelings of fragmentation, and a failure of self-object differentiation.  Primitive defenses including projective identification, splitting, denial, manic triumph, as well as omnipotent solutions and devaluation are used in an attempt to avoid overwhelming feelings of anxiety, despair, and/or narcissistic humiliation. These patients are prone to develop intense and primitive transferences which in turn provoke disturbing counter- transference responses, since the analyst is made to carry what the patient experiences as terrifying.

In this seminar series, we will have three participants present their case and the group will work on coming to an understanding of the unconscious communications that the analyst is being asked to contain.  Willingness to present is understood as a prerequisite to attend.   

Several of the articles we will read as supplement to the clinical material we will hear are as follows:

- Steiner, J. (1987). The Interplay Between Pathological Organizations and the Paranoid-Schizoid and Depressive Positions. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 68:69-80.

- Steiner, J. (1994). Patient-Centered and Analyst-Centered Interpretations: Some Implications of Containment and Countertransference. Psychoanal. Inq., 14:406-422

- Felman, M. (1993). The Dynamics or Reassurance. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 74:275-285

- Roth, P. (1994). Being True to a False Object: A View of Identification. Psychoanal. Inq., 14:393-405.

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