Key Concepts: Primary Maternal Preoccupation / Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena / True and False Self / The Use of an Object / Fear of Breakdown / Hate in the Countertransference
Donald Winnicott was one of the Independent British Psychoanalysts who had a major influence on the direction of psychoanalysis after the Controversial Discussions split the Kleinian's and the Freudian's. Winnicott, who was also a pediatrician, believed the maternal environment was crucial in the development of the internal world of the infant. He famously said, “There is no such thing as a baby, there is a baby and someone.”
In the class we will discuss many of Winnicott's major theoretical contributions such as Primary Maternal Preoccupation, Transitional Objects/Transitional Phenomena, True and False Self, The Use of An Object, Fear of Breakdown and Hate in the Countertransference. We will discuss these theories and utilize clinical examples to deepen our understanding of the theories as well as to think about therapeutic action. We will also discuss the influence his second wife, Clare Britton Winnicott, a social worker and psychoanalyst, had on Donald Winnicott's theories.
Instructor Lisa A. Caldwell, LICSW, PsyA, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Pioneer Square. She see adults, adolescents and children in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. She also works with couples and families and parent/infant dyads. She provides psychological evaluations and expert witness testimony in court. She provides consultation to other clinicians.
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