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Slouching Towards Mortality: Thoughts on Time and Death  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Warren Poland, M.D.


2017 Franz Alexander Lecture

Time has always been an essential aspect of psychoanalytic inquiry, including concern for how the past shapes the present, how the present shapes the past, and how both of those color expectation of what has not yet unfolded, what yet might be.  Nonetheless, there comes a point when what was, what is, and what will be all must give way to their ending, Nevermore.  The Unconscious might be timeless, but life is not, and death is an ever-imminent presence that not only shapes meanings but also is part of an individual's personal absolute actuality.  The import of time will be considered briefly in terms of the human species, the place of time in symbol formation.  After that, the imminence of loss of self will be examined as present across the developmental span of an individual's life.  At last, attention will turn to the impact of having to face one's own death.  Throughout this discussion, death will be considered as an actuality, not on the philosophical level of a death instinct.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

·        Discuss how time adds a distorting fluidity to symbol formation and mental representations

·        Recognize how concern for one's own death is a powerful but usually silent force in mental functioning.  Consideration of this material will increase access to terrors especially difficult for both patients and analysts to approach

·        Demonstrate increased facility for confronting the fact of personal actuality of death for both patient and analyst


Warren Poland, MD, a longtime contributor to the study of the psychoanalytic process, is author of Intimacy and Separateness in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, November 2017) and Melting the Darkness: The Dyad and Principles of Clinical Practice (Jason Aronson).  A winner of the Sigourney Award in 2009, he is former editor of the Journal of the American Association Review of Books. His writing has been described as both poetic and inspirational while rooted in a disciplined study of and emphasis on the importance of “otherness” and the ways in which the analyst may aid in the development of genuine authenticity in the patient. He has established thoughtful humaneness and has freed the analyst to engage the patient in the human moment with mutual benefit while maintaining the disciplined integrity of the analytic process.

Thursday, October 19,    8 PM-10 PM    2 CE Credits


$40 with CE Credit, $20 without CE credit





IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of these CME/CE programs have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


PHYSICIANS: 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 the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. 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 the maximum number of 2 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.



The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency.



REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.