|TICP Conference May 25 2019: Dr. Sam Gerson & Dr. Shelley Nathans|
Progressive and Defensive Adaptations to the Challenges of Adult Life
Presenters: Dr. Sam Gerson & Dr. Shelley Nathans
Saturday May 25, 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
Morning: Dr. Shelley Nathans
Infidelity as Manic Defense
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 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 pDr. Shelley Nathansast 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.
Afternoon Session: Sam Gerson, Ph.D.
Changing One’s Mind: Adult Development and the Complexity of Internal Representations
Progressive adult development involves processes of internal alterations that are quite similar to what occurs in positive psychotherapeutic outcomes. The overlap between these domains has, however, been widely neglected to the detriment of both disciplines. In this presentation, a detailed case of a man in “mid-life crisis” is discussed in terms of the challenges posed by novel demands on structured self-and object-representations. The material illustrates how newly emergent contemporary demands that create conflict with established internal configurations create crises that can only be resolved through adaptive alterations in unconscious representations.
This program has been approved by the Ontario Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists and psychological associates. This program meets the criteria for 4 continuing education credits.
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
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 Changing One’s Mind: Adult Development and the Complexity of Internal Representations (Dr. Gerson)
3:00 – 4:00 Audience Discussion
4:00 Closing Remarks (Dr. Kobrick)
BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKERS
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.
Sam Gerson, Ph.D. is a founder and Past-President of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) where he is a Training and Supervising Analyst. Dr. Gerson is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and an Editor for Studies in Gender and Sexuality and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His publications have focused on contemporary issues in clinical process and on the transgenerational aftermath of massive trauma. He has received the "Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of Genocide and the Holocaust" from the International Psychoanalytic Association for “When the Third is Dead: Memory, Mourning and Witnessing in the Aftermath of the Holocaust” (International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2009).
Early Bird Registration Deadline: MAY 10, 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.