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The Piggle Speaks: Rereading Winnicott's Classic Case in Light Of Conversations with the adult "Gabrielle."

  • 23 Sep 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Inn at Swarthmore


  • Graduated 2012 or later
  • Graduated 2012 or later

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NOTE: Early Bird registration fees prior to 9/9/2018.

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE) is sponsoring a unique program with Deborah A. Luepnitz, Ph.D. with Norka Malberg, Ph.D. and Laurel M. Silber, Psy.D., as Discussants

The Piggle Speaks: Rereading Winnicott's Classic Case in Light Of Conversations with the adult "Gabrielle."

Forty years after its publication, The Piggle (Winnicott, 1971) is still studied around the world as an analytic classic. In 2015, the patient, who had kept her identity secret for 50 years, chose to disclose it to the presenter. Dr. Luepnitz reconsiders the case in light of information gleaned during their three years of communication. Excerpts from the interviews will be played. Two areas not explored by Winnicott-- i.e. the transgenerational effects of the unconscious, and the commanding role of language--are discussed. The presenter suggests that this case lends support for the growing interest in a theory that can accommodate the insights of both the British Middle Group and also the Freud/Lacan tradition. Dr. Norka Malberg will present a perspective on current treatment for a child with Piggle's symptoms, and Dr. Laurel Silber will discuss the role of family participation in the context of working with the young child.


Dr. Deborah Luepnitz is a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. She is the author of 3 books, including Schopenhauer's Porcupines, which has been translated into 6 languages. Dr. Luepnitz has worked for 2 decades to foster a dialogue between the French and British psychoanalytic traditions, and her article, "Thinking in the Space between Winnicott and Lacan" was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2009. She is also a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan.

Dr Luepnitz was awarded the "Distinguished Educator Award" by the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education in 2013. She is the founder of "Insight For All", which connects homeless adults with psychoanalysts willing to work pro bono in Philadelphia, where she maintains a private practice

Dr. Norka Malberg is a Certified Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst. She is a member of the Western New England Psychoanalytic and the Contemporary Freudian Societies. She trained at the Anna Freud Centre in London and obtained her clinical doctorate from University College London. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center as a member of the early childhood team in New Haven, CT where she is in full time Private Practice working with children and adults as a psychoanalyst and in the community as consultant to schools and other service organizations. She is an active member of Section 2 (Child and Adolescent) of Division 39 and of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis where she serves as Chair of the Social Issues Committee. She has edited and authored several books, chapters and articles, amongst them the recently published: Mentalization Based Therapy with Children which is currently being translated to Japanese, German, Spanish and Dutch. She is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dr. Laurel M Silber has been working with children and families for over 30 years in a practice in Bryn Mawr. She has presented on the subjects of childism, play and intergenerational transmission of trauma in child therapy and her published articles are within these areas as well. She is faculty at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia where she is currently creating a child relational training program. She is an adjunct professor at Widener University and has enjoyed the privilege of serving on the Board of the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalytic Education for most of her professional life.


1) Explain what Winnicott meant by "psychoanalysis on demand."

2) Describe how transgenerational transmission of trauma can inform symptoms in even a very young child.

3) Identify one aspect of the clinical material avoided by Winnicott that Freud or Lacan might have pursued.


9 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am Introduction of speakers

9:45 am Dr. Luepnitz

11:00 am Break for coffee/tea

11:30 am Dr. Malberg

11:50 am Dr. Silber

12:10 pm Dr. Luepnitz responds

12:30 pm General questions and discussion

1:00 pm End of program


The Inn at Swarthmore,

10 South Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Parking is available behind and adjacent to the Inn.


Three (3) CE Credits will be awarded for attending the program in its entirety.


Prior to 9/9/18 // After 9/9/18:

PSPP/IRPP members: $65 / $75

Non-member professionals: $75 / $85

Early Career professionals: $30 / $40

Retired professionals: $30 / $40

Graduate students: $10 / $15

To register, please go to pcpeonline.org or by mail to PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.


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Luepnitz, D. (2009). Thinking in the space between Winnicott and Lacan. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 90 (5) pp 957-981

Luepnitz, D. (2017). The name of the Piggle: Reconsidering Winnicott's classic case in light of some conversations with the adult "Gabrielle." International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 98 (2) pp 343-370.

Slade, A. (2008). “Mentalization as a Frame for Working with Parents in Child Psychotherapy”, Chapter 10, from Mind to Mind (Eds.), Jurist, Slade and Bergner. Pgs. 307-334.


PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.

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