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Contemporary Freudian Society

Pol-Pot Trauma Reaches Our Shores: Online Interviews During COVID-19

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Gilbert Kliman, MD
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Live Online via Zoom
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

A traumatized Cambodian mother and child were seen forensically by a senior psychoanalyst. The task was assisted by psychoanalytic self-awareness and countertransferential knowledge.  Mother, a Pol Pot survivor was raped in a chaotic refugee camp during her childhood.  Her daughter was, years later, sexually harassed in a negligent U.S. kindergarten.  Transgenerational influences were powerful sources of psychological damage for both mother and child.   Videorecordings of interviews will be shown during the seminar.  Epigenesis, moral injury and betrayal effects will be discussed as will the persisting attachment from prior in-person interviews in facilitating the online work.  The report and a deposition resulted in a generous financial settlement.

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Institute of CFS

The Impasse

One Session Progam (1.5 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Ann Rudovsky, LCSW, and Jules Owen, SJD, LP
Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Location: Online via Zoom
Time: 1:30-3:00pm

An impasse is “a road with no outlet”, essentially a blind alley. It refers to a common feature in many treatments that, when not worked through, can lead to prolonged stalemates, often with the patient leaving prematurely or being unable to move toward a meaningful termination. Just as both therapist and patient play a role in creating and then perpetuating the impasse, each also feels thwarted, blaming the other for not seeing their point of view. Distinguishing an impasse from long periods of a treatment characterized by a negative, devaluing transference and strong negative countertransference feelings is often possible only in retrospect, since the most salient features can look very similar in both situations.

In this seminar, the second that we present on the impasse, we will once again use clinical material to think more deeply about impasses in our work; how they might arise, their dynamics—the entrenched transference/countertransference standstill, the role of projective identification, and of sadomasochism—and ways in which impasses might be engaged and resolved by making the impasse itself the subject of analytic inquiry.

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