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TICP — Progressive and Defensive Adaptations to the Challenges of Adult Life

May 25 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Progressive and Defensive Adaptations to the Challenges of Adult Life

Sam Gerson, Ph.D. and Shelley Nathans, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

About the Day

Morning Address: Dr. Shelley Nathans, Infidelity as Manic Defense

The paths leading to infidelity in a couple’s relationship are manifold and diverse; there is no singular cause, no simple, linear route. Using a contemporary Kleinian framework, Shelley Nathans, Ph.D. will present her paper “Infidelity as Manic Defense”, in which she describes some of the important theoretical issues relevant to understanding affairs.

Afternoon Address: Dr. Sam Gerson, Changing One’s Mind: Adult Development and the Complexity of Internal Representations

Progressive adult development involves processes of internal alterations that are quite similar to what occurs in positive psychotherapeutic outcomes. The overlap between these domains has, however, been widely neglected to the detriment of both disciplines. In this presentation, a detailed case of a man in “mid-life crisis” is discussed in terms of the challenges posed by novel demands on structured self-and object-representations.

This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.

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About the Speakers

Shelley Nathans, Ph.D. is a member of the teaching faculties of The California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, The Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group training program, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and The Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Program in New York City. She has completed the Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples and is on the International Advisory Board for the Journal, Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. She is the director and producer of the film, Robert Wallerstein: 65 Years at the Center of Psychoanalysis. Her most recent publications include “Whose Disgust is it Anyway?: Projection and Projective Identification in the Couple Relationship (Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2016) and the book, co-edited with Milton Schaefer, Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy and the Tavistock Model (Routledge, 2017). She is in private practice in both San Francisco and Oakland, California.

Sam Gerson, Ph.D. is a founder and Past-President of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) where he is a Training and Supervising Analyst. Dr. Gerson is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and an Editor for Studies in Gender and Sexuality and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His publications have focused on contemporary issues in clinical process and on the transgenerational aftermath of massive trauma. He has received the “Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of Genocide and the Holocaust” from the International Psychoanalytic Association for “When the Third is Dead: Memory, Mourning and Witnessing in the Aftermath of the Holocaust” (International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2009).

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May 25
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis