Winnicott and Bion: Primitive Mental Phenomena and States
M. Nasir Ilahi
Francis Baudry, M.D.
March 28, 2018 - April 25, 2018
8:40 - 10:00 PM
Candidates must have or have had at least two cases in supervised psychoanalysis to be eligible for upper level courses.
This course will serve as an introduction to the contributions of Bion and Winnicott, contemporaries in British psychoanalysis, who each built upon the works of Freud and Klein in very unique and robust ways. We will focus, in particular, on issues of early development, primitive mental states, and the factors that impair the capacity to have a mind. Convergences and contrasts between the two British theorists will also be highlighted, as will those between psychoanalysis as it evolved more generally in the UK and in North America. As their contributions are firmly rooted in clinical experience, moreover, vignettes from clinical work will be used throughout to elucidate conceptual categories.
The readings are posted.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: