2018 - 2019 San Francisco Yearlong Program

Catherine Mallouh, MD, Chair
Meryl Botkin, PhD; Ben Goldstone, MFT; Marilynne Kay Kanter, PhD; Israel Katz, MD;
Maureen Kurpinsky, PhD; Patricia Marra, MFT; and Sue von Baeyer, PhD, Committee Members

Self and Other:
Entanglement, Disturbance, and Being

How does the self come to be? Winnicott writes: “There is no such thing as an infant,” establishing the absolute dependence of the infant on the mother for development of the self — and, through their mutual engagement and “use of the other,” a self comes into being. Bion describes how through the reverie and containment of the other, the developing mind establishes the capacity to be in reality, with a self that can relate to others. So, through holding and containing, the self arises out of the mind and body of the other.

When things go wrong, the self can also be taken over by the other, through impingement, reverse projective identification, invasion, or trauma, creating painful states and disturbances that are difficult to treat. In the clinical encounter, unconscious aspects of the self and other come together — mutually influential and mutually disturbing — in the work towards the development and becoming of the self. In this course, we would like to offer different perspectives, clinically and theoretically, on working in the realm of the self and other.

Dates: Fridays, September 2018 - May 2018
Time: 12:00noon - 01:30pm
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: TBA

More information will be available shortly.


If you have any questions about your level of preparation, please contact the San Francisco Yeaerlong Program Chair: Catherine Mallouh, MD, at 415-750-1713.