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Events 2012

Area Chapters & Workshops

Understanding the Undifferentiated Selfobject:
A Redefinition of Symptoms and Disorders - A Case Example.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Stockbridge, MA

The Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology - WMAAPP and the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work - AAPCSW

Present: Crayton E. Rowe, Jr., MSW, BCD-P

9:30 am - Registration/Coffee
10:00 am - 12:30 pm - Presentation and Discussion
Location: The Red Lion Inn, Main Street, Stockbridge, MA.

Registration form - PDF

Rowe has extended Kohut's selfobject concept to enable therapists to work successfully with difficult populations. Patients that are difficult to treat, that create enormous anxiety and countertransferential reactions have been successfully treated with this new model. Patients include those who are suicidal, addictive, obsessive, and anorexic. His presentation is an opportunity for the clinicians to expand their clinical skills with in depth understanding and appreciation of the symptoms and disorders of these patients. Rowe's extension of Kohut's concept of selfobject has redefined symptoms and disorders and has called into question the validity of diagnostic manuals.

After attending this advanced-level program, participants will be able:

  1. To further the understanding of Kohut's concepts with a focus on his concept of selfobject and selfobject transferences.
  2. To recognize the undifferentiated selfobject transference as an extension of Kohut's concept of selfobject.
  3. To recognize the importance of the undifferentiated selfobject in the understanding of symptoms and disorders.
  4. To demonstrate the importance of the undifferentiated selfobject in the treatment of a multi- disordered patient.
  5. To demonstrate the specific use of Kohut's conceptualizations in the clinical situation with a focus on the therapist identifying and allowing emerging selfobject needs to develop as critical to the treatment.

Crayton Rowe is the author, Treating the Basic Self and co-author with David MacIsaac, PhD, of Empathic Attunement: The “Technique” of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Rowe is a contributor to Progress in Self Psychology and an author of a number of other psychoanalytic publications. He is founder of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and founding and faculty member of The New York Institute for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. He is a member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, the New York Freudian Society and the International Psychoanalytical Association.