Where Oedipus Was - Pleasure Shall Be

Commonly the Oedipus complex is understood according to the mythological formula of “boy loves mother and wants to kill father”. However, the difficulties of this important developmental phase in everybody’s early life are much more intricate. Failures to master the mental challenges they raise, reside in our patients’ unconscious and restrict the experience of pleasure in their mature life and sexuality.

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4 Sessions: Mondays, Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021; Snow Date: Apr. 5, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 
Schedule: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Lecture/ Presentation; 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Group Discussion
 
All courses will take place online until further notice. 
 
Where Oedipus Was - Pleasure Shall Be
 
Commonly the Oedipus complex is understood according to the mythological formula of “boy loves mother and wants to kill father”. However, the difficulties of this important developmental phase in everybody’s early life are much more intricate. Failures to master the mental challenges they raise, reside in our patients’ unconscious and restrict the experience of pleasure in their mature life and sexuality. This course will not discuss the pertinent literature about the Oedipus Complex. Instead it will elaborate on four groups of essential elements of the child’s Oedipus Complex, and our discussions will aim at sensitizing the clinician’s perception for the derivatives of their persisting conflicts and fixations as they occur in the analytic session in order to address and work them through. Clinical vignettes of the participants are welcome.
 
Instructor
 
Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, PhD
Trainining and Supervising Analyst BPSI, and the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society. She has published numerous papers and three books on metapsychology, clinical issues and applied psychoanalysis. Her 2018 publication of Driven to Survive was a finalist of the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize. In 2020, Memory’s Eyes, A New York Oedipal Novel, will be published at IPBooks. She has been the Chair of the IPA in Culture Committee since 2017. She works in private practice in Chestnut Hill, MA.
 
This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. 
 
 
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
 
  1. Discuss triangulation, generational difference, and exclusion together with the distinction between envy and jealousy
  2. Explain bodily functions and their differentiation relating to the confusion between need and desire, care and love
  3. Analyze intercourse-, reproductive-, and primal scene fantasies and infantile theories impacting gender identity and sexual choices, curiosity and disgust
  4. Discuss the concepts of penis envy and castration anxiety in the context of shame and pride within progressive and regressive moves
 
 
 
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $250 Early Bird (Use code: EB2021WOW); $275 Regular (after Feb 8, 2021)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program Administrator
Stephanie Cavanaugh: scavanaugh@bpsi.org
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org
Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com
 
 
 
Continuing Education 
Physicians: CME credits are not available for this course.
Psychologists: CE credits are not available for this course.
Social Workers: CE credits are not available for this course.
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-Cardoso 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 to or administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.
 
 

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