Organization: Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
CME Accreditation: Section 1
Oedipus Wrecks:Infidelity as Manic Defense
Shelley Nathans, Ph.D.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall Theatre
University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5
About the Day
The paths leading to infidelity in a couple’s relationship are manifold and diverse; there is no singular cause, no simple, linear route.
Using a contemporary Kleinian framework, Shelley Nathans, Ph.D. will present her ideas on the theory and technique of working with couples struggling with infidelity.
Morning Address: Infidelity as Manic Defense
The paths leading to infidelity in a couple’s relationship are manifold and diverse; there is no singular cause, no simple, linear route. Using a contemporary Kleinian framework, Dr. Nathans will present her paper in which she describes some of the important theoretical issues relevant to understanding affairs.
Afternoon Address:Frozen loss and failure to mourn: A discussion and screening of an edited version of the film “45 Years”.
The theme of loss and mourning in the life of the couple will continue through the viewing of a short, edited version of the 2015, Andrew Haigh film, 45 Years. This will be followed by Dr. Nathans' commentary on the dynamics of the couple portrayed in the film and a subsequent hour-long audience discussion.
This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.
This program has been approved by the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) to offer continuing education for psychologists and psychological associates. This program meets the criteria for 4 continuing education credits
About the Speaker
Shelley Nathans, Ph.D. is a member of the teaching faculties of The California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, The Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group training program, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and The Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Program in New York City. She has completed the Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples and is on the International Advisory Board for the Journal, Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. She is the director and producer of the film, Robert Wallerstein: 65 Years at the Center of Psychoanalysis. Her most recent publications include "Whose Disgust is it Anyway?: Projection and Projective Identification in the Couple Relationship (Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2016) and the book, co-edited with Milton Schaefer, Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy and the Tavistock Model (Routledge, 2017). She is in private practice in both San Francisco and Oakland, California.
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