Florida Psychoanalytic Center

Understanding Primitive Mental States Susan Finkelstein, LCSW, Director

May 16, 2022

The Work of Psychoanalysis:
Sexuality, Time and the Psychoanalytic Mind

Dana Birksted-Breen
Former Editor-in-Chief, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis

FALL 2022
3:00pm-4:30pm EST

Program Dates: Thursdays, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8, 2022
This ongoing clinical and theoretical seminar will focus on the workings of the mind of the psychoanalyst during the analytic session which includes issues related to temporality, spatial dimensions and sexuality. Attention will be paid to unconscious phantasy as it evolves in the session details between analyst and patient and their interlocking and overlapping vertices. We will consider the clinical concepts of countertransference and the Bionian notion of containment and how they are both understood and sometimes misused.
Dana Birksted-Breen, PhD is a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Former Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis books she is currently Former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Her latest book is The Work of Psychoanalysis, Sexuality, Time and the Psychoanalytic Mind, New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge 2016. Her most recent paper “Pathways of the Unconscious: When the Body is the Receiver/Instrument” was published in the Centenary issue of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (issue 6, 2019). She conceived and co-curated an exhibition at the Freud Museum, London, “The Enigma of the Hour, One Hundred Years of Psychoanalytic Thought” (June- August 2019) and a short film about it https://vimeo.com/383978034

Program Fee: $540
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
1) Define the psychoanalytic concepts of time, spatial dimensions, sexuality and their interplay in the transference and countertransference dynamic.
2) Define Bion’s concept of containment and differentiate between its authentic use and its misuse in the countertransference situation.

Relevant Readings:
Birksted-Breen D. (1989) ‘Working with an Anorexic patient’ International J. Psycho-Anal.70 part 1 29-40.

Birksted-Breen D. (1996 ) ‘Phallus, Penis and Mental Space’ International J. Psycho-Anal. 77 : 649-657

Birksted-Breen D. (2003) ‘Time and the Après-coup’ International J. Psycho-Anal. 84:1501-1515

Birksted-Breen D.( 2009) ‘Reverberation Time, Dreaming and the Capacity to Dream International J. Psycho-Analysis 90 : 35-51

Birksted-Breen D. (2012) ‘Taking Time, The Tempo of Psychoanalysis’ Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 93:819-835

Birksted-Breen D. (2016) ‘Bi-ocularity, The Functioning Mind of the Psychoanalyst’ Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97:25-40

Birksted-Breen D. (2019) Pathways of the Unconscious : When the Body is the Receiver/Instrument International Journal of Psychoanalysis , IJP Centenary issue Int. J. Psycho-Anal. 100 1117-1133

Other authors might include articles by Mervin Glasser, Ignes Sodre, John Steiner.

Susan N Finkelstein, LCSW, UPMS Director, is a Fellow at IPTAR and Training and Supervising analyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society. She developed Understanding Primitive Mental States, a study group where she teaches The Internal World and Its Objects, The Claustro-agoraphobic Dilemma, Clinical Klein, Bion and Beckett: The Not-I Patient. At the APsaA she co-chairs an annual winter discussion group with Nasir Ilahi on Schizoid Modes-Spatial Time Continuum. She is in private practice in NYC in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, couples therapy and clinical supervision. She is an associate editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and has a co-edited book with Professor Heinz Weiss, “The Claustro-agoraphobic Dilemma in Psychoanalysis: The Fear of Madness,” Routledge, forthcoming in 2022.
Continuing Education Credits:
Licensed Psychologists: Susan N. Finkelstein, LCSW, PC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0020.
Social Workers: Susan N. Finkelstein, LCSW, PC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0262.
CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program. No partial credits will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this programs and evaluation forms, participants will be granted 6 CE credits.

To Register:
Please contact Susan Finkelstein to register and make payment arrangements.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds, except for a medical emergency.
For additional information, please contact Susan Finkelstein, Program Director (917-838-3266 or susanfcsw@aol.com)