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“Relationalizing” Winnicott: A Dialogue with Joyce Slochower

  • 20 Nov 2013
  • 07 Dec 2013
  • Haverford College, Haverford, PA


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PCPE Reading Seminar and Workshop

This program will entail two evening meetings during which we will read and discuss and discuss the work of D.W. Winnicott and its impact on contemporary thinking.  In this context we will examine Slochower's relational reformulation of the holding metaphor.  

The reading seminar will be followed by a Workshop with Dr. Joyce Slochower, on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  The workshop will meet from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Haverford College, Haverford, PA.  Dr. Slochower has described  Winnicott’s work in terms of a “one-and-a-half person” model, a sort of intermediate position between classical psychoanalytic “one person” thinking and more recent “two-person” models, such as those exemplified by the relational and interpersonal schools of thought.  She will discuss how her work on psychoanalytic holding emerged out of the collision between object relations thinking and the relational critique.  Dr. Slochower will also present recent case material that illustrates holding's clinical function in bracketing shame states, for the group to discuss.

The discussion groups will meet on two Wednesdays, November 20 and December 4, 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 classic papers by Winnicott as the underpinning of Slochower’s work, which will be represented both in a recent paper and in chapters from her two books,  Holding and Psychoanalysis (second edition, 2014) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006; second edition forthcoming, 2014).

Biography of Joyce Slochower, Ph.D.

Dr. Slochower is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP, and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (all in New York), the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco.  She is also Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Dr. Slochower is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Ricerca Psicoanalitica and Perspectives in Psychoanalysis and is on the Board of IARPP.  She has published over 65 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique.  She is the author of Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective(1996; second edition, 2014) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), with a second edition due to be released in 2014 (both by Routledge).  She is in private practice in New York City. 

Biographies of Discussion Group Facilitators

Jane Widseth, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist 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.

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.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. explore how Winnicott's notion of the holding environment can be integrated within a contemporary relational framework.

2. consider how the holding experience is coconstructed, reflecting patient's (as well as analyst's) participation in bracketing disjunctive elements.

3. identify clinical situations, types of patients, and clinical moments that may require a holding experience rather than an explicitly intersubjective encounter.

4. recognize and consider ways to engage the various collisions that occur in psychoanalytic treatment, such as the tension between the patient's and analyst's subjectivities, and the ideal vs. the actual.

5. become familiar with several of Winnicott's core papers and concepts, including analytic hate, object usage, and regression, and understand their reconceptualization through a relational lens.

6. explore holding's many clinical shapes outside the realm of dependence in work around affect states like hate, self-hate, and narcissism.

7. develop a nuanced understanding of idealization's complex clinical function in preserving or disrupting the therapeutic relationship. 

 8. consider idealization's coconstructed element and explore the clinical impact of analytic relationships where idealization is tilted in the direction of the analyst's admiration of the patient.  Slochower will illustrate with Winnicott's treatment of Masud Khan and invite participants to consider their own similar experiences.

9. reflect upon the analytic community's idealization of Winnicott, and attempt to "make use of" his work by recognizing not only his contributions but also his humanity and limitations.

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.

Workshop Schedule

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

9:30 am: The workshop will begin.

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

Nonmembers: $225

Registration may be completed online at the PCPE website, pcpeonline.org or by mail to: PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez; 500 College Avenue; Swarthmore, PA 19081.


The registration fee minus $25 will be refunded with written request received by 11/19/2013.

The co-facilitators will send a syllabus to all registrants.  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.

Please direct questions to Audre Jarmas at (610)645-5703 or audrej@verizon.net.

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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