The 2022 James Grotstein Memorial Lectures
April 21 - May 21, 2022
PLEASE NOTE: Lectures will be held online via Zoom Conferencing.
The International Psychoanalytic Association’s Affiliated Institutes in Los Angeles—New Center for Psychoanalysis, the Psychoanalytic Center of California and Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies—in conjunction with the Regional Bion Symposium, proudly present:
The 7th Annual James Grotstein Lectures
Clinical Reflections on the Infantile in the Work of Klein, Winnicott and Bion:
A Three-Part Series on Contributions from the IPA Vancouver Congress
As part of the annual James Grotstein Memorial Lectures, this series honors the work of generations of analysts and contemporaries who have taken up Bion’s leads in clinical psychoanalysis. Reprising some of the key contributions from last summer’s IPA Congress in Vancouver, this series focuses on the work of Klein, Winnicott and Bion from distinguished analysts/authors who continue to add to our knowledge of our analytic predecessors.
Please note the dates and times, as they vary. Attendance at all three sessions is strongly recommended.
Part 1: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 8:00 to 10:00 pm
Winnicott, Bion and the Infantile
Stephen Seligman, DMH, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
In this overview presentation, Stephen Seligman gives a detailed and nuanced view of the “infantile” in the work of Winnicott, Bion and Klein, differentiating how Winnicott elaborated Freud’s notion of primary narcissism and the body-ego, only setting it against the infant’s ever-evolving developmental relationship with its primary caretaker. He carefully details the infant’s progression through a complicating set of transitional experiences that ultimately underscore the infant’s sense of a subjective self that is signified by its adoption of a transitional object. From a Winnicottian vertex, he then examines creative conceptual differences with how both Klein and Bion formulated their contrasting view of the infantile as it traverses the paranoid/schizoid and depressive positions—with the help of maternal reverie—in birthing a sense of an integrated self.
- Analyze and develope the difference between Winnicott’s notion of the infantile and Klein and Bion's notion of the infantile
- Describe the infant's state of primary narcissism and body-ego from Winnicott's perspective
- Analyze how Winnicott, Bion and Klein understand how the infant births a subjective sense of self
Part 2: Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10:00 AM to Noon Pacific
Aguayo also illustrates what Bion’s concepts look like at the clinical level when he presents a candidate’s analytic case he has supervised, one that illustrates how Bion’s model of “container/contained” can be used to make sense of extremely disturbed and traumatic pathology.
- Describe three aspects of Bion’s method of clinical inquiry: avoiding premature foreclosure; addressing what isn’t understood in the clinical encounter; and the analyst’s processing of his own subjective states that can be implicated in countertransference problems
- Analyse why Bion was disinclined to propagate a clinical technique of his own
- Deferentiate how the analyst uses the concept of role-responsiveness in the way she/he understands transference/countertransference problems
Part 3: Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9:00 AM to Noon Pacific
Holding and Containing: Reflections on the Infantile in the Work of Klein, Winnicott and Bion
Jan Abram and Nicola Abel-Hirsch, British Psychoanalytical Society—London
In this final part of our series, two distinguished British analysts/scholars examine, dialogue and debate the key differences in the theme of the infantile in Winnicott’s model of holding and Bion’s model of container/contained. Both Winnicott and Bion were strongly influenced by Klein albeit in different ways. They were both concerned with early psychic development and recognized how the infantile layers of development manifested in clinical practice. But their basic clinical paradigms are distinct. Winnicott’s paradigm evolved out of his different perspectives on the infantile from Klein while Bion’s advances are founded on Kleinian principles. The concept of holding is often underrated while Bion’s concept of container-contained can often be too loosely applied.
In this meeting, each author will present the different perspectives on the infantile in the work, especially of Winnicott and Bion, to highlight the similarities and differences in their elaborations. Abram argues that Winnicott’s contribution on the role of the mother enhances and expands the meaning of relating, while Abel-Hirsch takes up Hinshelwood's argument that Bion’s container-contained does two things: firstly, it indicates the porous nature of the ego boundary; and secondly, it emphasizes the infantile in each person now, in the present. Implications for analytic treatment will also be taken up.
After Abel-Hirsch and Abram's presentations, there will be a brief comment made by Joseph Aguayo, Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California.
As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:
- Identify what differentiates Winnicott’s holding from Bion’s container/contained
- Explain how Winnicott and Bion differ on the importance of the actual mother in the patient’s subsequent pathology
- Differentiate Winnicott’s emphasis on the infant’s development vis-à-vis the processing of infantile aspects of the patient in the “here and now”
After each presentation, the authors will engage in a short dialogue before inviting the audience to participate.
Stephen Seligman, DMH, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco and at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis; Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; and Editor Emeritus of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. He is the author of Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, Attachment (Routledge, 2018), which has been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Ukrainian, and co-edited the American Psychiatric Press’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice. He has worked for over four decades in the development and dissemination of the original “Fraiberg model” of infant-psychotherapy.
- This is a virtual conference. All will be held over Zoom Conferencing.
- Pre-registration is required. Registration is on a first come, first served basis because of limited capacity.
- 7 CE credits offered (2 CE credits each for the first and second lectures; 3 for the third)
- Attendees must "sign" in and out at the beginning and end of the lecture to receive credit. (Instruction will be provided with the Zoom conference link & info after you register.) You will receive this information by email. Contact Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ebony at email@example.com if you have questions.
- This conference will be recorded. All registered attendees will receive a link to the recording so they may review. Only live attendance receives credit.
- There is a flat fee for this package of three presentations. Attendance at all three sessions is strongly recommended.
General Registration - All Three Lectures: $225General Registration for all three lectures is now closed. Please register under "Single Registration." You will be able to register for the remaining lecture.
- Student Registration - All Three Lectures: $150
- Lectures 1 and 2 - $105/per lecture
- Lecture 3 - $135
- RBS - for those whose membership package includes these lectures, please use the registration designated as "Presenters & RBS Group - All Three Lectures." A passcode is required. All others should use General Registration.
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DATES & TIMES (all times Pacific Time):
Part 1: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 8 to 10 PM
Part 2: Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10 AM to noon
Part 3: Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9 AM to noon
How to obtain lecture papers:
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|The 2022 James Grotstein Memorial Lectures||April 21, 2022, 8:00 - 10:00 PM|
|The 2022 James Grotstein Memorial Lectures||10:00 AM, May 7, 2022|
|The 2022 James Grotstein Memorial Lectures||9:00 AM, May 21, 2022|