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Professional Trainings and Seminars

Upcoming Events:

An Introduction To Splitting And Projective Identification; from a ‘play’ standpoint in psychotherapy
Steven H. Cooper, PhD
Birmingham Maple Clinic & MPI
FRIDAY, March 22nd, 2024- 9:00am-11:00am
2 CEUs Available
Virtual Attendance 

Dr. Cooper will be offering an introduction to splitting and projective identification from his ‘play’ standpoint in psychotherapy (a technical concept he has developed over nearly a decade). He can organize these so-called borderline defenses within his play framework. He will include a brief example from his own writings. This will allow the group to think together about mechanisms of these defenses in terms of what they do for a person in an adaptive way.

The second half will be a case presentation of a patient who uses splitting and/or projective identification so that the group can expand on these ideas.

“Dr. Cooper is nationally and internationally known in the psychoanalytic community. He is training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Columbia Center for Psychoanalysis. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and on the faculty at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. He currently maintains a full-time practice in New York. He served as joint editor in chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues from 2007-2012 and is now chief editor emeritus. He served multiple terms on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and is a consulting editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. In 1989, he won the JAPA prize for best paper of the year.

Dr. Cooper is the author of over one hundred articles and four books in psychoanalysis: Objects of Hope: Exploring Possibility and Limit in Psychoanalysis; A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference; The Melancholic Errand of Psychoanalysis: Exploring the Analyst’s Relationship to the Depressive Position; and his newest titled, Playing and Becoming in Psychoanalysis.

The overarching theme of his work over the last eight years has involved developing a contemporary theory of play as the underlying logic of psychoanalysis with adults. He relates this to the notion of the psychoanalytic setting’s ability to hold paradox, best embodied in the way that transference is both real and unreal. He has tried to develop the ways that play is related to enactment, transference-countertransference phenomena, conflict, and unconscious fantasy.”



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