Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Bereavement and Mourning

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8 Sessions: Wednesdays, October 23, 30, November 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18, 2019; January 8, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Schedule: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Lecture/Presentation; 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Group Discussion


Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Bereavement and Mourning

Loss and mourning are part of every successful psychoanalytic treatment. This course will sample readings from every era of psychoanalytic thinking beginning with a close reading of Freud’s “Mourning and Melancholia” through more contemporary views of bereavement and mourning. Readings and a brief video will sample memoir that capture the texture of loss and its aftermath. The concept of loss and bereavement will be extended beyond death and touch on the full range of losses that must be grieved. Participants will be encouraged to present clinical material from their practice.


Stephanie Brody, PsyD

Psychoanalyst Member, Supervising and Training Analyst, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI; Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate (part time); Attending Psychologist, Pavilion Unit, McLean Hospital. Private practice in Lexington, MA.

Jospeh M. Schwartz, PhD

Psychoanalyst Member, ATP Supervisor, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training, Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training (ATP), Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI. Private practice in Cambridge, MA.


Program Administrator
Lauren Lukason:
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Housman, LICSW:
Chris Lovett, PhD:



Explorations in Mind: Community Education at BPSI is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan ( or 617-266-0953 x101),
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This course is open to intermediate and advanced licensed mental health clinicians. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the process of mourning leading to identification in Freud’s landmark work “Mourning and Melancholia”.
  2. Identify the clinical characteristics distinguishing normal from complex mourning.
  3. Identify factors that predispose patients to difficulties in the process of grieving personal losses.
  4. Describe modifications of the classical psychoanalytic understanding of mourning development by contemporary Neo-Kleinian and Relational theorists.
  5. Identify and develop skills to address narcissistic defenses against mourning.
  6. Employ commemorative rituals in treating patients struggling with unresolved guilt.
  7. Assess and address patients’ anticipatory grief when they are confronting impending losses.
  8. Demonstrate how understanding the process of mourning can facilitate treatment termination.


Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $230 Early Bird (use code: EB2020PBM); $275Regular (through 10/2/2019)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

Continuing Education 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 9 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credtis has been submitted. Please contact us at or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please noe: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.
Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.


Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459;; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.





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