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Creating Triangular Space and Promoting Symbolic Thinking in Psychdynamic Therapy
– Helen Schoenhals Hart, PsyD [CLASS]

Sat April 3, 2021 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

$100 – $110
Dr. Helen Schoenhals Hart



In this workshop we will be examining how we can help our clients to feel understood, while simultaneously promoting their ability to think symbolically – a necessary prerequisite for being able to handle the emotional dilemmas they present.  We will first learn about Ronald Britton’s concept of triangular space and what this looks like in the clinical setting.

Helen Schoenhals Hart will then show us how she applies this concept in order to develop what she calls the analytic triangle in the clinical setting.  Clinical examples will be presented that show what it looks like when this analytic triangle is not established.  We will then turn to Hanna Segal’s triangular conception of symbol formation and the difference between a symbol and what she calls a symbolic equation.  Examples of what a symbolic equation looks like in the clinical situation will be presented and discussed.  Finally, we will study how the analytic triangle, the Depressive Position, the Oedipal triangle and the triangular conception of symbolic thinking all hang together.  Clinical examples and vignettes from the participants will be encouraged for our discussion.

Dr. Helen Schoenhals Hart, originally from Michigan, studied medicine and trained to be a psychoanalyst in Frankfurt, Germany.  She worked for many years as a training analyst of the German Psychoanalytic Assoc. (DPV) and worked intensively with the London Kleinians.  Since moving to California in 2008 she has a psychoanalytic practice in San Rafael and is a training and supervising analyst at SFCP.


CIP Member: 

$75 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $90 after


Non-member Rate: $100 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $110 after


4 CEs for LMFTs, LCSWs, and Psychologists

Community Institute for Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Institute for Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents.

Accommodations will be made wherever possible to those with disabilities.  Please let us know of any disabilities upon registration, to ensure proper accommodations are put in place prior to workshop/training.

Cancellations must be received in writing 10 business days prior to the seminar or class for a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.


Sat April 3, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$100 – $110
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