Degrees of Entrapment with Pamel Sorensen at CFS

Degrees of Entrapment: Living and Dying in the Claustrum
Two-Session Program (8.5 Contact Hours)
Instructor: Pamela Sorensen, PhD
Dates: Friday, November 6, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Times: Nov 6th 7:30-10:00pm, Nov 7th 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Mt. Sinai, Hatch Auditorium, Madison Ave @ 100th St, NYC

This two-session program will introduce and explore Donald Meltzer’s concept of the claustrum, which is an original and significant contribution to modern psychoanalytic thinking. Two films will be used to illustrate the concept and provide shared ground for the lecture and discussion.

Donald Meltzer’s book “The Claustrum – An Investigation of Claustrophobic Phenomenon” develops and elaborates Kleinian ideas about projective identification in such a way that the clinician is better able to understand patients’ experiences of being trapped in habits of mind that preclude the possibility of authentic intimate connections. The two films used in the workshop show how there is a continuum of disturbance, ranging from ordinary periods of isolation to severe entrapment leading to chronic and destructive pathology.

Pamelia Sorensen, PhD is a psychoanalytic child psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London, UK in the 1970s. She is the author of journal articles and book chapters about infant development, child psychotherapy, and the training of clinicians. She is the former director of The Under Fives Study Center at the University of Virginia, and provides supervision and consultation to psychologists, social workers, and counselors engaged in psychoanalytic work. Her special interest in Donald Meltzer’s work stems from the inspiration of many years of personal supervision with him.

Learning Objectives:
After attending this program, participants will be able to:
1. Explain Meltzer’s concept of “intrusive” projective identification is different from the original concept developed by Melanie Klein and why this is clinically useful.
2. Identify personality characteristics that adhere to the unconscious phantasies associated with different parts of the claustrum.
3. Explain the concept of claustral experience.
4. Identify factors that mitigate chronic feelings of entrapment.

Continuing Education Credits:
Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed evaluation form. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 8.5 CE credits.

Social Workers: The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087. CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form. No partial credits will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 8.5 CE credits.

Program Fee:
CFS Members – $160
Non-CFS Members – $175
Candidates and Students with Valid ID – $100
Full refund 30 days prior to program start date

For further information, please contact Connie Stroboulis at connies3@aol.com or 212-752-7883.

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