Embracing Reality, Choosing Change, Surrendering Control: A Therapist’s Guide to the Gems in Object Relations Theory
– Presented by Jennifer Kunst, PhD [SEMINAR]
Sat March 12, 2022 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$130 – $150
In this workshop, Dr. Jennifer Kunst will provide an overview of the key concepts of the British object relations model of psychoanalysis, emphasizing their application to clinical practice: nature-nurture, personality development, the role of the unconscious, the internal object world, Melanie Klein’s paranoid schizoid and depressive positions, and Wilfred Bion’s learning through experience. She will then revision these concepts as three essential practices that undergird mental health and are highly desirable outcomes of psychodynamic psychotherapy: embracing reality, choosing change, and surrendering control. This model will be utilized in exploring detailed clinical case material.
Finally, Dr. Kunst will share the little known idea gems published by psychoanalyst Ella Freeman-Sharpe in 1930, in which she creatively and compellingly outlined the essential qualifications of the patient and the clinician for successful psychodynamic treatment.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Name four key concepts of the British object relations model;
- Distinguish the anxieties, object relations, and defenses of Melanie Klein’s paranoid schizoid vs. depressive positions;
- Describe Wilfred Bion’s approach to psychological development;
- List three commitments of the embrace contract;
- Differentiate the concepts of change and choosing change;
- Identify the psychoanalytic theory underlying the concept of surrendering control;
- List three qualifications of the patient in psychodynamic therapy;
- List three qualifications of the therapist in psychodynamic therapy.
Dr. Jennifer Kunst is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Pasadena, CA where she works with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. She trained at the Psychoanalytic Center of California, where she is a Training and Supervising Analyst and teaches courses on Kleinian theory and technique. She is passionate about distilling the complexity of psychoanalysis into ideas that can be applied to everyday life. Her outreach projects include her Psychology Today blog, “A Headshrinker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, and her book, Wisdom from the Couch: Knowing and Growing Yourself from the Inside Out (Central Recovery Press, 2014).
$100 early registration 10 days prior to seminar; $120 after
$130 early registration up to 10 days prior to seminar, $150 after
CEs: 6 CEs for LMFTs,
LCSWs, and Psychologists.
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*There is no conflict of interest or commercial support related to this CE program.