What is Psychoanalysis?
 It is a treatment for problems that happen in life. One of the goals of this treatment is to help patients know themselves well so they can make conscious decisions about how to live their lives
 to the fullest.

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M. Gerard Fromm, Ph.D.

November 17, 2018

“Something happened,” says Winnicott in one of his last and most evocative papers, but the person wasn’t there for it to happen to. Yet the traces of this Thing – reminiscent of Freud’s Das Ding - are ever tugging and always on the horizon. This “flash of insight” – one of many during an electrifying period of theory development for Winnicott – is grounded in clinical work with psychotic and traumatized patients. If we take the first sentence of this paragraph literally, we could also read it as an inter-generational truth for all of us: something indeed happened to our parents; we may not have been there but we were on the horizon.

In this presentation, I will examine Winnicott’s fear of breakdown idea as it may relate to the transmission of trauma across generations. This growing field of study considers the psychological impact of trauma-related anxiety as it is communicated unconsciously from one generation to the next. Often related to the devastating consequences of socio-historical events, such unbearable and uncontainable feelings silently but powerfully fall onto and into the next generation, with serious consequences for the normal development of relationships between parent and child. At the end of his paper, Winnicott, at his most eloquent, turns his formulation around and speaks of nothing happening, when something could have happened. Might this tragically empty moment also speak to the fear of breakthrough both parent and child sense as they stumble into the fallout of trauma one has been carrying for the other?

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Martha Stark, M.D.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Patients who have never fully confronted – and grieved – the pain of their early-on heartbreak will often cling to their hope that perhaps someday the “object of their desire” will be forthcoming. But there are others who, because of catastrophically shattering early-on disappointments and losses, withdraw completely from the “world of objects” – only to find themselves then overwhelmed with a terrifying sense of alienation, existential angst, and harrowing loneliness. Instead of “relentless hope,” their experience is of “relentless despair.”

Clinical vignettes will be offered that speak to how the therapist, ever attuned to the patient’s intense ambivalence about “remaining hidden vs. being found,” can facilitate the emergence of “moments of authentic meeting” that will restore purpose, meaning, and direction to an existence that was otherwise desolate, impenetrable, and empty.

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Foundations Two 2018-2019

This class has a full enrollment. If you would like to be on the waiting list for future spots in this course, please contact Carol Mason-Straughan at carolms1223@gmail.com

Specific dates TBA

The OSPS Education Committee is pleased to announce a Foundations Two course for the 2018-2019 academic year, offered to students who have completed Foundations One. To facilitate deep and focused discussion, enrollment will be limited to the first eight registrations received, with names drawn if multiple registrations are post-marked on the same day. Please consider carefully the course description attached. If after reading you have interest and feel able to commit to the level of participation needed from students, please return the attached registration form and deposit as soon as possible. The enthusiasm for and participation in Foundations One over the years has been excellent and much-appreciated, and we are excited to offer Foundations Two as a next step in learning more about a psychoanalytic way of working.


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