|TICP Conference September 14, 2019: Dr. Shelley Nathans|
Infidelity as Manic Defense
Presenter: Dr. Shelley Nathans
Saturday September 14, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall Theatre, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, M5S 1J5
ABOUT THE DAY
The paths leading to infidelity in a couple’s relationship are manifold and diverse; there is no singular cause, no simple, linear route. Using a contemporary Kleinian framework, Shelley Nathans, Ph.D. will present her ideas on the theory and technique of working with couples struggling with infidelity.
Infidelity as Manic Defense: Theory and Technique
In the morning, Dr. Nathans will present her paper, “Infidelity as Manic Defense”, in which she describes some of the important theoretical issues relevant to understanding affairs. The main focus of this paper is on the problems that one or both of the partners in a couple may have with mourning past or impending loss, and the consequent infidelity that may result from a manic attempt to replace depression or psychic pain with excitement. A developmental orientation will be used to delineate a range of psychological dilemmas that contribute to infidelity, including claustrophobic anxieties, difficulties with mourning past or impending loss, Oedipal problems and separation issues. Following the paper, Dr. Nathans will give a presentation on the technique of working with infidelity issues in psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy.
Frozen loss and failure to mourn: A discussion and screening of an edited version of the film 45 Years.
In the afternoon session, the theme of loss and mourning in the life of the couple will continue through the viewing of a short, edited version of the 2015, Andrew Haigh film, 45 Years. This will be followed by Dr. Nathans' commentary on the dynamics of the couple portrayed in the film and a subsequent hour-long audience discussion.
This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. This program meets the criteria for 3.5 credits.
This program has been approved by the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) to offer continuing education for psychologists and psychological associates. This program meets the criteria for 4 continuing education credits.
SCH EDULE FOR THE DAY
10 a.m. Introduction of Speaker (Dr. Kobrick)
10 – 11 Infidelity as Manic Defense (Dr. Nathans)
11 -12 Discussion with Audience
12 - 2:00 Lunch (on your own)
2:00 – 3:00 Frozen Loss and Failure to Mourn (Dr. Nathans)
3:00 – 4:00 Audience Discussion
4:00 Closing Remarks (Dr. Kobrick)
BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER
Shelley Nathans, Ph.D. is a member of the teaching faculties of The California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, The Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group training program, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and The Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Program in New York City. She has completed the Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples and is on the International Advisory Board for the Journal, Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. She is the director and producer of the film, Robert Wallerstein: 65 Years at the Center of Psychoanalysis. Her most recent publications include "Whose Disgust is it Anyway?: Projection and Projective Identification in the Couple Relationship (Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2016) and the book, co-edited with Milton Schaefer, Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy and the Tavistock Model (Routledge, 2017). She is in private practice in both San Francisco and Oakland, California.
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 2, 2019
STUDENT RATE AVAILABLE TO FULL TIME UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ONLY: ID MUST BE PROVIDED.
If you register on site you must have a copy of your FULL TIME UNIVERSITY ID.