‘Certainty and doubt in the analyst’ – Michael Feldman with Rachel Blass

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The Melanie Klein Trust

18 November 2023

Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Price: £25

Location: online


In Doubt, Conviction and the Analytic Process, Michael Feldman provides a rich and closely observed account of the clinical interactions that unfold within the consulting room.

This conversation with Rachel Blass will develop their earlier conversation again concentrating on the close observation of the dynamics of the session but this time the focus will be on the place of doubt and certainty. Questions of technique and how Feldman has drawn on and developed the ideas of Melanie Klein, Betty Joseph and others lie at the heart of his clinical thinking. Their previous webinar addressed the place of grievance and reassurance, a recording of which is available in the Melanie Klein Trust e-shop.

This time there will be a particular reference to ‘Filled with doubt’ (Chapter 12) and ‘The problem of conviction in the session’ (Chapter 13).

Michael Feldman is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Chair of the Melanie Klein Trust. He is highly regarded for this contribution to psychoanalytic theory and his keen clinical insight. ‘Doubt, Conviction and the Analytic Process’, a selection of his clinical papers, was published by Routledge in 2009.

Rachel Blass is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and a Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is well known for her prolific writings that clarify, ground, and enrich Kleinian thinking and practice.

The event will be chaired by Kay Long, Training and Supervising Analyst with the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis and co-editor of The Klein Tradition (Routledge 2018)

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