Bringing Fairbairn’s Structural Theory
into the Consulting Room to Meet Your Patient

Interactive Seminar with Dr. David P. Celani
Date: Sunday, April 7th, 2024 (10am – 3:30pm EDT)
Location: Virtual participation only!
Virtual participation is conducted via zoom
To Register for this seminar, please complete the Registration form
Continuing Education: : 8.5 CEs for APA, NYS Psychologists, NYS Social Workers

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION:

This seminar will offer the students a description of Fairbairn’s six-part structural theory with its three selves that relate to three-part objects. Fairbairn saw the self as always relating to an object, present, past, or internal.

Each of the structures, the conscious Central Ego and its partner, The Ideal Object, remain in contact with external reality and relate to external objects. The first pair of mostly unconscious part-self and part-object are composed of traumatic, frustrating, and destabilizing memories that the child experienced early in life that flooded him/her with overwhelming emotions that were so threatening that they had to be dissociated into the unconscious.

Once there, they coalesce with other similar memories, and form images of the child in relationship to the rejecting parts of their parents. Fairbairn called the memories of the self in relation to the abusive parent the “Antilibidinal Ego,” and the memories of the parent the “Rejecting Object.” These sub-ego structures can suddenly emerge and take over the Central Ego, thus they are “mostly,” but not completely, unconscious.

The second pair of mostly unconscious ego structures are called the Libidinal Ego, which relates only to the Exciting Object. The libidinal ego is a mostly fantasy created view of the parents, that is unaware of their past rejections, and instead it is filled with an almost delusional belief that love exists in their parent(s), but they just have not discovered it yet. This isolated, split off, part-self keeps the child attached to his (mostly) rejecting parents during the worst periods of despair.

The process of psychotherapy from the perspective of Fairbairn’s model is to “exhume” these bad object memories, with the least amount of trauma, and introduce the central ego to parts of its early reality that were too traumatic to remember.

The therapist uses a carefully constructed narrative, that is co-constructed by both therapist and patient, to gradually explore just what events had been dissociated, but the presence of the therapist as a good object dampens and replaces the original parents. Without the attachment of the patient to the therapist, the recall of the dissociated memories would cause emotional chaos. A careful description of the technique of creating and maintaining a narrative that uncovers past traumas, while simultaneously supporting the patient will be demonstrated.

This seminar is designed for practicing mental health practitioners, those who are familiar with Fairbairn’s structural theory, as well as for students who intend to start a practice and who are interested in Fairbairn’s Object Relations approach.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE:

Sunday, April 7, 2024 (10am – 3:30pm EDT)

Morning Session:
10:00am – 12:30pm

Lunch
12:30pm – 1:00pm

Afternoon Session:
1:00pm – 3:30pm

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this educational activity, the student will be able to

  • Discuss Fairbairn’s structural theory with its dissociated two sub-egos that relate only to part of the parent’s personality.
  • Understand why the abused, neglected or abandoned child must use the dissociative defense to keep himself/herself from collapsing into an abandonment depression.
  • Utilize Fairbairn’s structural theory to diagnose the severity of split off memories that are stored in the unconscious and inaccessible to the central ego.
  • Create a narrative that is designed to slowly uncover dissociated memories, without arousing patient defenses.
  • Craft responses to the split off sub structures that emerge in treatment as transferences or enactments and that challenge his/her role as the therapist.
  • Utilize a deliberate plan to challenge patient descriptions of traumatic rejecting events that had been minimized, ignored, excused, or dissociated.

READINGS:

  • Celani, D. P. (2010). Fairbairn’s Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting. Chapters: Intro, 1, and 2.
  • Celani, D.P. (2021). Fairbairn’s Metaphor of Human Mind (Seminar handout).
  • Celani, D.P. (2016). Fairbairn’s theory of change. Psychoanalytic Review, 103(3), 341–370.

SHORT BIO OF THE SEMINAR LEADER:

David P. Celani, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who practiced for more than twenty-five years in Burlington, Vermont. In treatment, he focused on his patients’ “attachment to bad objects”, which manifested through their inability to separate from parents, friends, or marital partners who demeaned, criticized, or abused them. Celani now presents workshops throughout the United States on Object Relations theory. His books with Columbia University Press include Fairbairn’s Object Relations Theory in the Clinical SettingThe Illusion of Love: Why the Battered Woman Returns to Her Abuser, and Leaving Home: How to Separate From Your Difficult Family.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
2024 Spring Advanced Topics in Psychoanalysis
April 7, 2024 – April 20, 2024
Live Online

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORIPP).  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis.  Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  23.0 hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirements.
*OK: Accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities but not for ethics and/or online courses.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs:
AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WDC, WI, WY
AL MFTs: Credits authorized by NBCC or any other state licensing agency will be accepted.

MA MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (held outside NY ONLY), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers:
AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)
Amedco 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 #0115. 23.0 hours.

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 23.0 hours.

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee: $25 (in addition to the registration fees). No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

REGISTRATION AND FEES:

Early Bird registration (before February 21st, 2024)
$60 regular/ $45 grad students & candidates/ $20 undergrad students.

Regular registration (from February 21st – to April 6th, 2023 – before 6pm EDT)
$75 regular/ $55 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students.

Registration ‘at the door’ (after 6pm EDT/NYC time on April 6th, 2023)
$90 regular/ $65 grad students & candidates/ $30 undergrad students.

Please Note: If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 for CE certificate processing (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance).

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for retired or disabled practitioners, or need-based or/and those who live outside of the USA.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Full refund before the date of the event.
No refund from the day of the event, but full paid tuition will be applied to any further ORI events.

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