Aliveness in the Room in Working with Borderline and Psychotic Illness

February 3, 2018, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Presented by Jill Lummus, PsyD

Some of our patients struggle to grow from the analytic process. With these patients, ordinary transference interpretations don’t work. Dreams don’t beget latent content, so they cannot be useful. Dr. Margaret Little theorizes a transference based on delusional premises, and thus requires the spontaneous reaction of the analyst to shatter the transference delusion through the actuality of the analyst’s own presence as a separate Other. Margaret Little was perhaps one of D.W. Winnicott’s most idiosyncratic analysands. Dr. Little became a distinct theorist in her own right, focusing on psychotic and borderline patients. Arguably, what makes her so distinctive is her transparency about her own struggles with primitive mental states, written about in her autobiography, Psychotic Anxieties and Containment: A Personal Record of an Analysis With Winnicott. Her theories are experience-near because they arise from her own experience. This course includes extensive case material.

Learning Objectives 

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

  • Recognize the complexity of psychotic and borderline states
  • Identify methods to best engage patients with psychotic and borderline states in an analytic process
  • Achieve better results in treating borderline and psychotic illness

Jill Lummus, PsyD, is an advanced candidate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills. She is also a member of the faculty in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at NCP. Currently, she supervises the doctoral candidates at Airport Marina Counseling Service. Additionally, she received a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from Rutgers University. In 2012, Dr. Lummus was the first recipient of the Elyn Saks Scholarship for work with patients with psychotic disorders and psychotic states of mind.

Pricing & CE Credits 

  • $55 Pre-registration, $65 at the door, $30 Student Rate
  • 3 CE Credits


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 3 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.