Lecture Description: In this seminar, we will be focusing on key concepts from seminal thinkers such as Klein, Fairbairn, Bion, and Winnicott as a way of recognizing the basic conceptual underpinnings of object relations theory, and thinking about how to best apply those ideas in the clinical space.
- 1) Describe one link between Klein's ideas of the early splitting of the ego and Winnicott's notion of 'the use of the object'.
- 2) Describe one link between projective identification and Winnicott's holding environment.
- 3) Describe one lesson you take from Guntrip's statement "our theory must be rooted in our psychopathology".
About the Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Charles, President of APA Division 39 of Psychoanalysis is a distinguished writer and speaker of psychoanalytic theories and practice. Dr. Charles is a staff psychologist and member of the therapy staff. She is also a Training Analyst with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council and the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She serves as Contributing Editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society and is a member of the editorial boards of numerous psychoanalytic journals. Dr. Charles has presented her work nationally and internationally, publishing over 90 articles and book chapters and 6 books: Patterns: Building Blocks of Experience (Analytic Press, 2002), Constructing Realities: Transformations Through Myth and Metaphor (Rodopi, 2004),Learning from Experience: a Guidebook for Clinicians (Analytic Press, 2004), Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan (Jason Aronson, 2012), an edited volume with co-author Michael O’Loughlin: Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and The Stories We Live: Life, Literature, and Psychoanalysis (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
A poet and artist herself, Dr. Charles has worked extensively with artists, writers, and musicians. She has a special interest in the creative process and is currently investigating factors that facilitate and inhibit creativity. She also has a particular interest in the study of psychosis. She is the head of the Berkshire Chapter of the International Society for Psychological and Social Treatments of Psychosis (ISPS) and is the co-founder of the Psychosis Research Lab at Austen Riggs. With colleague Michael O’Loughlin, she is currently working on a multi-site project looking at life narratives and treatment experiences of individuals who have experienced psychotic symptoms, hoping to advocate for more respectful treatments. She has a private practice in Stockbridge and Richmond, Massachusetts.