Unconscious Phantasy

Unconscious Phantasy
Carol Ladewig copyrighted (C)



Sponsored by

University College London, Working Party of Comparative Clinical Methods and SFCP


Video presentations of theoretically and clinically rich papers on Unconscious Phantasy by prominent psychoanalysts presented at University College London (UCL) Department of Psychoanalysis will be followed by an opportunity to engage in LIVE DISCUSSION with these analysts in London via video-conferencing. The papers and live video discussion will be followed on Saturday by small clinical case conferences focusing on the phenomena of unconscious phantasy.


Saturday 9:00am-1:30pm
Lunch 1:30-2:30pm
Clinical Groups 2:30pm-5:00pm
Sunday 9:30am-1:30pm

09:00am - 09:30am Registration, sign-in and coffee
09:30am - 09:45am Introduction - Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D., Program Moderator
09:45am - 11:00am David Bell, M.D.
Unconscious Phantasy: Historical and Conceptual Dimensions
11:00am - 11:45am Discussion with David Bell, M.D.
12:10pm - 01:15pm Catalina Bronstein, M.D.
Finding Unconscious Phantasy in the Session: Recognizing Form
with introduction by Edna O'Shaughnessey
01:15pm - 02:30pm Lunch
02:30pm - 05:00pm Clinical Groups
(5 Clinical Groups; each clinical group has a maximum registrants of 15 people)

Clinical Group Leaders
Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D., Phyllis Cath, M.D., Georgine Marrott, Ph.D., Janice Mill, Ph.D. and Robert Oelsner, M.D.


09:30am - 09:45am Introduction - Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D.
09:45am - 10:30am Discussion with Catalina Bronstein, M.D.
10:45am - 11:45am Michael Brearley, Ph.D.
Unconscious Phantasy in Wittgenstein
12:00pm - 12:45pm Discussion with Michael Brearley, Ph.D.
Moderated by Erik Gann, M.D.
12:45pm - 01:30pm Wrap-up Discussion with David Tuckett, M.A., MSc and others


Fees and Registration

For General Admission
$150.00 for Saturday (lunch included) and Sunday
$195.00 including Clinical Group

For SFCP Analyst Members/Candidates/Community Members
$135.00 for Saturday (lunch included) and Sunday
$175.00 including Clinical Group

For Graduate Students (Student ID is required)
$ 75.00 for Saturday (without lunch) and Sunday
$ 89.00 for Saturday (with lunch) and Sunday


This program has been awarded 10.5 CME/CE credits.  The credits are available for an additional:
$ 105.00 for SFCP members
$ 126.00 for non-SFCP members


To Register, please visit:

For early registration and information contact SFCP at 415-563-5815




Catalina Bronstein, M.D.: Fellow and Training Psychoanalyst British Psychoanalytical Society. Adult and Child Psychoanalyst. Visiting professor at the Psychoanalysis Unit UCL, Former London Editor of International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Amongst her publications she edited the book 'Kleinian Theory.  A Contemporary Perpsective' and is currently finishing editing a book on psychosomatics and is coediting another book, 'New Dialogues Klein-Lacan.'


David Bell, M.D.: Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the British Society and past-President. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Adult Department of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. He is visiting Professorial Fellow, Birkbeck College London. He is one of the UK's leading psychiatric expert in asylum/human rights. He is the contributing editor of two books ‘Reason and Passion’ and 'Psychoanalysis and Culture: a Kleinian Perspective’ and author of a short book ‘Paranoia.'


Michael Brearley, Ph.D.: Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London, recent past-President, and currently Chair of the Section for the Application of Psychoanalysis. Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London, and past-President, Chair of the Section for the Application of Psychoanalysis. Past professional cricketer and lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.


Program Developers

Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D. — Chair, CCM Working Party Group and Conference Chair

Committee — Walt Beckman, Ph.D., Erik Gann, M.D., Dr. Helen Schoenhals-Hart, Claudette Heisler, Ph.D., Kyra Minninger, M.D., Celeste Schneider, Ph.D.


2014 University College London - Comparative Clinical Methods, SFCP conference
Title:  ​Transference, Countertransference and Enactment
Date:  TBA



Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to

  1. formulate hypotheses about the unconscious phantasy and its bearing on the patient’s mental functioning, on the treatment relationship, and on the process of the clinical hour.
  2. understand and articulate the theoretical and clinical importance of unconscious phantasy in the psychoanalytic treatment situation.
  3. conceptualize unconscious phantasy as a means of tracking moment to moment developments in the treatment hour, including for gauging patient responses to interventions.
  4. take steps to consider both transference and countertransference experiences as a means for elucidating ideas within the treatment hour about unconscious phantasy.
  5. develop a method and techniques for utilizing the understanding of unconscious phantasy as a guide for shaping interventions.
  6. to describe a theoretical approache to clinical material which uses unconscious phantasy to give a view of the total transference situation.
  7. identify unconscious phantasy themes within a specific treatment and will develop ways to improve their skills in observing movement, or lack of movement within a clinical hour.
  8. evaluate patient responses to interpretation, and recognize those that deepen material, or that intensify patient anxiety and inhibit the treatment.
  9. to identify key thinkers and central concepts in the field of unconscious phantasy.


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PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 10.5 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 10.5 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:http://www.cpapsych.org/associations/6414/files/mcepaa/files/MCEP_Reporting_Form.pdf

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: Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D., Walt Beckman, Ph.D., Erik Gann, M.D., Dr. Helen Schoenhals Hart, Claudette Heisler, Ph.D., Kyra Minninger, M.D., Celeste Schneider, Ph.D., Phyllis Cath, M.D., Georgine Marrott, Ph.D., Janice Mill, Ph.D., Robert Oelsner, M.D., David Bell, M.D., Catalina Bronstein, M.D., Edna O'Shaughnessey, Michael Brearley, Ph.D. and David Tuckett, M.A., MSc. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.


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