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'Winnicott's Search for Himself as a Clinician'

  • 10 Oct 2012
  • 28 Oct 2012
  • Haverford College


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PCPE Reading Seminar and Workshop

Winnicott's Search for Himself as a Clinician

This program entails two meetings to discuss readings by Donald Winnicott or about his work by Thomas Ogden, followed by a Workshop with Dr. Dodi Goldman, on Sunday October 28, 2012. The workshop will meet from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm in the WCC, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.  

The discussion groups will meet on October 10 and October 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at a location at Haverford College.  The group discussion facilitators will be Dr. Audre Jarmas and Dr. Jane Widseth. The syllabus will include chapters by Winnicott in his last book, Playing and Reality,  published in 1971, and a paper by Thomas Ogden, "Reading Winnicott."

The workshop will feature Dr. Dodi Goldman. Dr. Goldman is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, on the Advisory Board of the Israel Winnicott Center and the former book review editor of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  He is the author of In Search of the Real: The origins and originality of D.W. Winnicott (1993), and he edited a volume entitled In One’s Bones: The clinical genius of D.W. Winnicott (1993).  In addition he has published numerous articles on a variety of subjects in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Psychology, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  He is in private practice in New York. 

Program Description

As a result of the harsh political struggles within the British Psychoanalytic Society, D.W. Winnicott remained a lone and somewhat quixotic figure for many decades. Today, however, each of the current psychoanalytic “schools” -- classical, object relations, interpersonal, relational, and self psychological -- draws upon his creative contribution.  In part, his accessibility is the result of the powerful metaphors he fashioned, such as holding environment, good-enough mother, transitional object, and True and False Self. These metaphors seem strikingly apt for the kind of patients seen by the majority of clinicians today.

What is less well known about Winnicott is how the originality of his thought and his originality as a person are inseparable. Winnicott creates and discovers his theory because it in some way speaks to his own condition.

This workshop will introduce participants to the way Winnicott’s imaginative hypotheses mirror the pattern of his own subjectivity.   The workshop is not so much an introduction to Winnicott's theory as it is an attempt to place his ideas within the context of his personal struggle to discover what feels real to him.

Biographical data, private letters, audio tapes, and correspondences gathered from the Winnicott Trust, will be presented and discussed by participants. The workshop will demonstrate that therapeutic work, including theory building, is seen by Winnicott as a deeply personal experience.

Learning Objectives

1) Participants will be introduced to biographical data relevant to Winnicott's growth as a clinician.

2) Participants will consider Winnicott’s ideas about the importance of play in child development, in life, and in psychotherapy.

3) Participants will learn how the concept of “potential space” evolves out of Winnicott’s ideas about playing.

4) Participants will see how playing leads to one’s created sense of reality.

5) Participants will gain an enhanced understanding of the complex relationship between subjectivity and theory.

6) Participants will learn how a distinctly British cultural sensibility informs Winnicott's psychoanalytic theorizing.

Workshop Schedule

9:15 am:  Arrival, registration, and coffee.

9:30 am: The workshop will begin with the materials Dr. Goldman has brought.

12:15pm: Break for lunch (included).  There will be a vegetarian choice.

1:15 pm: Workshop continues.

3.30 pm:  Workshop concludes. CE forms distributed and collected.

Registration Fees and Policies

PSPP Members: $195

PSPP ECP Members: $145

Nonmembers: $225

Nonmember ECPs:  $165

*ECP: Early Career Professionals are those within three years of receiving their professional degree.

Registration: online at  www.pcpeonline.org

or mail check to: PCPE, Box 275, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Please register as soon as is possible. Refunds minus a $10 registration fee will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program. Since the discussion groups begin on October 10, 2012, participants will need to acquire a copy of Playing and Reality (published in 1971) prior to the first discussion group. The co-facilitators will send a syllabus to all registrants. The exact location of the discussion groups will be announced. It is PCPE’s policy that one must attend at least one discussion group meeting before the workshop to attend the workshop. If only one discussion group meeting is attended, however, no CE credits will be given: APA policy.

Biographies of Discussion Group Facilitators

Audre Jarmas, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and graduate of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia.  She is in private practice in Bala Cynwyd, PA, and also a consultant at a private high school.

Jane Widseth, Ph.D. is a psychological counselor at Haverford College.  She is a past president of PSPP and PCPE, and continues on the Board of PCPE.  Her private practice is in Bryn Mawr, PA.  She organized “The Winnicott Sampler,” a PSPP program in January 1994.

Continuing Education

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program is offered for nine (9) 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.

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by APA. Since PCPE is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PCPE programs.

PCPE is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If you have concerns about such issues as handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Dr. Barbara Zimmerman-Slovak at bzslovak@comcast.net. 


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