An Object Relations Approach to Parent-Child Interactions That Impact the Child’s Emotional Development
Interactive Seminar with Dr. David P. Celani June 10-11, 2023 (10am – 1:30pm EST – on both days) Virtual participation only! To Register for this seminar, please complete the Registration form Continuing Education: 8.5 CEs for APA, NYS Psych, NYS SW (from Amedco) and 7 CEs for LPs (from NAAP)
“The chief aim of psycho-analytical treatment is to promote a maximum “synthesis” of the structures into which the original ego has been split, in the setting of a therapeutic relationship with the analyst. Involved in the achievement of this aim are two further aims, viz, (a) a maximum reduction of persisting infantile dependence, and (b) a maximum reduction of that hatred of the rejecting object which, according to my theory, is ultimately responsible for the splitting of the ego.” (Fairbairn, 1958, p. 380)
This two-day educational event will focus on the revolutionary Object Relations approach to parent-child communications that impact the child’s emotional development, which was offered by W.R.D. Fairbairn. Dr. Celani’s interactive lecture will be complemented by clinical examples and Q&A.
One of the key issues that emerged from Fairbairnian model of personality structure is Fairbairn’s sensitivity to the developing infant’s/child’s absolute need for empathic and attuned parenting, and the need to feel safe and nurtured by his/her all important maternal object. This allows the normal development to unfold in a timely manner. Any disruption of the secure attachment to the mother registers as a trauma and has to be erased from the child’s awareness, so his feeling of safety can continue. The child’s only defense against early disruptions of his secure attachment to his mother is dissociation, which erases the memory of the interruption, and forces it into the child’s unconscious. In families that lack empathy, the child has to dissociate one interpersonal parenting failure after another, and these memories accumulate in the child’s unconscious and coalesce into memories of him/self in relation to an unemphatic parent.
The internalized and dissociated memories of self and other live in the unconscious and engage in dialogues with each other as the events of childhood are remembered and replayed over the years. These dissociated memories create the individual’s inner world, which varies in strength according to how many events had to be forced into the unconscious. The internal dialogues between the self and the internalized object can be projected onto external objects, and thus produce transferences and enactments. This presentation will give the attendee a careful tour of the structure of the unconscious and to ways of dealing with it as it emerges in the treatment setting.
The second part of the seminar will focus on the practical usefulness of Fairbairn’s model as a clinical treatment tool. In the past, Fairbairn’s model was seen as a theoretical and philosophical challenge to Freud’s model that had little practical value. Nothing could be further from the truth. Fairbairn’s structural theory gives the clinician a valuable tool that allows them to assess the patient’s inner world, and monitor the individual’s progress toward separation from toxic objects as well as progress toward the integration of previously dissociated memories from childhood.
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY :
June 10, 2023
10am -11am (lecture) 11:05am -12:05pm (Lecture and clinical examples) 12:15pm -1:30pm (lecture and Q&A)
June 11, 2023
10am -11am (lecture) 11:05am -12:05pm (Lecture and clinical examples) 12:15pm -1:30pm (lecture and Q&A)
Readings in preparation to this workshop (mandatory for those obtaining the CEs) – will be sent to the registered participants in PDF formats:
a) Dr. Celani’s workshop handout “Fairbairn’s Metaphor of Human Mind” (15 pages); b) Celani, D. P. (2010). Fairbairn’s Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting. Intro Chapter (17 pages); Chapter One (40 pages); Chapter Two (32 pages).
At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:
Discuss and apply Fairbairn’s fundamental concepts of the structural model of personality in the treatment setting.
Discuss and analyze the impact of parental failures and the impact of the child’s use of dissociative defense in his/her emotional development.
Discuss the internal organization of the dissociated memories in the child’s inner (unconscious) world.
Discuss and analyze the child’s impossible dilemma: inability to complain to a rejecting parent for fear of increased abuse.
Understanding of the impact of the inner structures of the child/adult on their relationship to external objects.
Discuss and analyze the sources of resistance: (1) patient’s absolute fear of uncovering the dissociated trauma (as these memories will threaten his attachment to the constructed illusion of “the family” and provoke an abandonment crisis).
Discuss and analyze the sources of resistance: (2) the passionate love attachment between the libidinal ego and the exciting object (the endless hope for love), and the passionate resentment between the antilibidinal ego and the rejecting parts of the parent.
Discuss and analyze the sources of resistance: (3) resistance to letting any new material come to the inner world.
Discuss and analyze how to manage the patient who experiences shifts in ego states during the treatment session.
Discuss and analyze how the patient will project his/her inner templates of bad objects onto the therapist, and see him/her as either malicious or promising love.
Discuss the ways of softening the rigid boundaries between the patient’s ego states during the therapeutic process.
Creating a therapeutic (clinical) narrative that confronts the patient’s dissociated memories of early trauma.
Working through the patient’s defenses about remembering the split-off material in the unconscious.
Discuss and analyze the application of Fairbairn’s original concepts and of their development by other analysts/therapists of the Relational and Object Relations approach.
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Celani, D.P. (1996). The illusion of love: Why the battered woman returns to her abuser. Columbia University Press.
Celani, D. P. (2007). A structural analysis of the obsessional character: A Fairbairnian perspective. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 67(2), 119–140.
Celani, D. P. (2010). Fairbairn’s object relations theory in the clinical setting. New York: Columbia University Press.
Celani, D. P. (2014a). A Fairbairnian structural analysis of the narcissistic personality disorder. Psychoanalytic Review, 101, 385–409.
Celani, D. P. (2014b). Revising Fairbairn’s structural theory. In G. Clarke & D. Scharff, (Eds.), Fairbairn and the object relations tradition(pp. 397–409). London: Karnac.
Celani, D.P. (2016). Fairbairn’s theory of change. Psychoanalytic Review,103(3), 341–370.
Celani, D.P. (2020). Applying Fairbairn’s Object Relations theory to the psychological development of Anders Breivik. Psychoanalytic Review, 107(4), 337–365.
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SHORT BIO OF THE WORKSHOP 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 Setting, The Illusion of Love: Why the Battered Woman Returns to Her Abuser, and Leaving Home: How to Separate From Your Difficult Family.
Mourning, Melancholia, and the Use of an Object: A Freud-Winnicott Dialectic on Madness and Object Loss – Stefanie Teitelbaum (14.5 CE)
An Object Relations Approach to Parent-Child Interactions That Impact the Child’s Emotional Development – David P. Celani (8.5 CE)
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.
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. 8.5 hours for this event [23.0 hours for both].
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, 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, 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. 8.5 hours for this event [23.0 hours for both].
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. 8.5 hours for this event [23.0 hours for both].
National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an Approved Provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P‑0019. 7 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 April 20th, 2023) $60 regular/ $45 grad students & candidates/ $15 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — please use the “regular” registration (not a “student”) option. There is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid prior or on the day of the conference).
Regular registration (from April 20th – til June 9th, 2023 – before 6pm EDT) $70 regular/ $50 grad students & candidates/ $20 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — please use the “regular” registration (not a “student”) option. There is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid prior or on the day of the conference).
Registration ‘at the door’ (after 6pm EDT/NYC time on June 9th, 2023) $80 regular/ $60 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students.
Please Note: If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (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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