Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford: The Psychosomatic Relationship between Trauma, the Unmourned and the Body

Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford 2012 - 2013

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Time: 06:15pm - 07:30pm
Presenter: Carol Harrus, M.D.
Program Chair: Maureen Smith Ruffell, M.D. and Svetlana Bonner, M.D.
Location: Stanford Psychiatry Building, Room 2213
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94304
Fee: Free
CME/CE: 1.25 CME/CE credits is available for $ 15.00 ( General ) or $ 12.50 ( SFCP Members )


This lecture addresses the complexity of Mind-Body connection.  The term “psychosomatic,” though used frequently to describe a variety of ailments, does not have a clear definition.  Psychosomatic illnesses have been defined as illnesses where emotional issues play a significant part in their initial onset or their continuation. Psychosomatic illness (chronic pain hypochondria etc) is connected with an aftershock of a very early trauma with the mother that occurs before the body and the mind are delineated.  This talk takes a brief excursion into the relationship of trauma and psychosomatics, exploring trauma as the etiology of psychosomatic illness.


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify similarities and differences between hypochondria, chronic pain and psychosomatic disorders.
  2. Participants will be familiar with and able to describe the concept of the stimulus barrier.
  3. Participants will be able to articulate the concept and recognize the clinical appearance of the "amnesic traces of the trauma."


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PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 credits as listed for each individual program, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number PCE623, for 1.25 CE credits on an hour for hour basis.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements and are now able to directly submit their verification letters at the end of each renewal cycle using the MCEP credit reporting form that can be found on the internet at:

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 02677, on an hour for hour basis.

SFCP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SFCP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: The following moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity: Maureen Smith Ruffell, M.D., Svetlana Bonner, M.D. and Carol Harrus, M.D.. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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