In 1926, 44-year-old Melanie Klein left Berlin for England where she embarked upon the most creative period of her life. There, Klein established a new theoretical school, pioneered a psychoanalytic treatment for children, influenced extraordinarily creative colleagues, and broke new ground using psychoanalytic concepts to work with individuals suffering with borderline and psychotic conditions.
Building on the foundation laid by Freud, Melanie Klein’s focus on early mental life lead her to an awareness of a powerful primitive phantasy life that underpinned all mental activity, shaping one’s sense of self, relationships to others, and one’s sense of the world. Klein’s groundbreaking work on the centrality of unconscious phantasy, the role of internal object relations, and the significance of the instincts lead her to be understood as both an innovator and a radical.
This course is an introduction to Melanie Klein’s theoretical and clinical concepts, and to contemporary Kleinian clinical work.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the primary defenses, anxieties and object relations of the depressive position.
- Explain the primary defenses, anxieties and object relations of the paranoid schizoid position.
- Describe one primary element of the death instinct.
- Describe and discuss the concept of unconscious phantasy.
- Discuss the concept of the total transference.
- Describe the concept of an internal object.
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- Leichsenring, F., & Rabung, S. (2011). Long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy in complex mental disorders: update of a meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, 15-22.
- Maat, S. de, F. deJonghe, R. deKraker, et al. (2013). The current state of the empirical evidence for psychoanalysis: A meta-analytic approach. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 21(3), 107–137.
Margo Chapin, MFT, is a faculty member and a supervising and training analyst at SFCP. Ms. Chapin has a private practice in Oakland, and she leads several ongoing study groups for clinicians in the Bay Area.
This intermediate class is for clinicians with some basic understanding of and appreciation for psychoanalytic theory. It will focus on theoretical models as well as clinical implications.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.