DW Winnicott

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8 Sessions: Mondays, February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

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


D. W. Winnicott

D. W. Winnicott is enormously popular in psychoanalysis today. Why? Part of the explanation lies in his charming, charismatic personality, which shines through in his writing style. When one digs more deeply into his writing, however, one learns that Winnicott was not just a delightful character. He thought deeply about children, development, families, and society. His ideas regarding transitional objects and true/false selves are iconic. His thinking is extremely useful in clinical psychology, philosophy, and sociology.


Jason Jones, MD

Psychotherapist Member, Graduate of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATP), Faculty in the Explorations in Mind program, BPSI; Family therapist at the Gunderson Program at McLean Hospital. Private practice in Belmont.

Program Co-Chairs
Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org
Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com



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 (cnathan@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to www.bpsi.org, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.


This course is open to non-practitioners and practitioners at all levels of training. Continuing Education credits are offered for psychologists and social workers.

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

  1. Describe what Winnicott means by “unintegrated” and “ruthless”;
  2. Explain why acknowledging/containing hate are essential to good therapy;
  3. Describe regression and its potential role in true self formation;
  4. Explain what Winnicott means by true self, false self, and describe their origins;
  5. Explain the definition, origin, nature, and fate of the transitional object;
  6. Explain what Winnicott means by “using” versus “relating to” an object;
  7. Explain the role of confrontation in adolescent identity formation;
  8. Define delinquency and describe delinquents’ origin and role in democracy.


Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $230 Early Bird (use code: EB2020WW); $275 Regular (through 2/3/2020)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

Continuing Education 
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 12 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 credits has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please note: 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 dbrydon@bpsi.org. 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; office@bpsi.org; 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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