Contemporary Klein

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Toronto Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

22 February 2024 - 21 February 2024

Price: $300

Location: online


Contemporary Klein

Course Coordinator and Leader: Rauf Sirman BSc (Loyola College, Montreal), MD (Istanbul), FRCP (Psych) (U of T)

Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: EST — February 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 2024. (5 sessions)

Fee: $300

Deadline for registration is February 15, 2024.

Preregistration is required. Please register online

** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

This course will present the basic concepts of the work of Melanie Klein as they emerge and are used in psychodynamic psychotherapy. It will describe how Klein’s theory evolved from Freud’s theory, how structural theory evolved into Object Relations theory, how the four psychosexual stages occur much earlier than what Freud theorized and the significance of the unconscious in Freud and Klein. The various developmental states will be elaborated and associated with the relevant clinical conditions as well as the techniques used to address them in treatment. The defenses characteristic of the Kleinian approach, especially projection and projective-identification, will be described, with clinical examples to illustrate them and show how to deal with them. The Kleinian insights regarding transference and counter-transference will be presented with the authors who have best described them. Finally, theories and treatment approaches that have evolved since Klein did her work and provide the basis for contemporary Kleinian work with patients and clients will be presented. The course will have a didactic component along with time for discussion.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

Describe the developmental positions presented in Klein’s theory along with typical clinical presentations of these.

Describe the defenses characteristic of Kleinian theory and approaches to their treatment.

Describe typical transference and counter-transference patterns found in the Kleinian approach to treatments.

Describe the evolution of Kleinian concepts and approaches in clinical work over the last 50 years.

Rauf Sirman BSc (Loyola College, Montreal), MD (Istanbul), FRCP (Psych) (U of T)
Psychoanalyst TIP 1993. Psychiatrist at the former Queen Street Mental Health Centre from 1986-1999, in the division of Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychiatry. In 1999, appointed Physician Leader in Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry at Humber River Hospital, leading the consult team until 2021. In 2000 founded the division of Psycho-Nephrology with Gavril Hercz MD., running weekly clinics treating Anxiety Disorders, Depression and Psychotic Disorders, various Neuroses, PTSD and Dementias. Was the Coordinator of Psychotherapy at CAMH for many years and taught psychoanalytic psychotherapy to Psychiatry residents there for 14 years. Since 2003 practiced, part-time, Rural and Community Psychiatry at the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich, Ontario. Moved to Goderich two years ago where he has a private practice doing rural and community psychiatry as well as a small psychoanalytic practice. He also helps out at the hospital doing on-call; inpatient and emergency psychiatry one weekend per month.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 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. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

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