The Therapist’s Visual Imagery and Metaphors in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
The 2017 Beata Rank Lecture
In this presentation, Dr. Salomonsson, an internationally recognized expert in therapeutic work with mothers and infants, discusses the importance of the analyst’s private thoughts and reactions while with the mother and her baby. This is an area of work with mothers and infants that has been overlooked and Dr. Salomonsson explores the relevance of the therapist’s visual imagery and metaphors as an important adjunct to the therapy. This presentation will include video of his work with a mother and her baby in addition to a prepared paper.
Björn Salomonsson, MD (Presenter) — Associate professor, Karolinska Institutet; specialist in general psychiatry, training in psychoanalysis and child analysis. Dr. Salomonsson’s research and scientific publications focus on evaluating various psychotherapy methods for parent-infant mental health problems, developing further such therapy methods at Child Health Centres (Swedish community care for parents and babies), integrating various theories (psychoanalytic, developmental psychology and attachment) underlying such methods, and integrating infant mental health care in routine health care.
Sarah Birss, MD (Discussant) — Psychoanalyst Member, BPSI.
Lawrence Brown, PhD (Moderator) — Supervising Child Analyst and Faculty member, BPSI; private practice in Newton with children, adolescents and adults.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Identify one critical element in the treatment of mothers and their babies.
- Describe one visual imagery of the therapist’s and one example of its use as “an instrument of the analyst”.
- Describe the use of a private imagery in the clinical encounter with an adult patient.
- Identify one example in the presented video that represents the therapist’s intervention, and its immediate effect, with the mother related to her interaction with her baby.
Aguayo, J., & Salomonsson, B. (2017). The study and treatment of mothers and infants, then and now: Melanie Klein’s ‘Notes on Baby’ (1938/39) in a contemporary psychoanalytic context. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 86(2), 383-408.
Salomonsson, B. (2015). Infantile defences in parent-infant psychotherapy: The example of gaze avoidance. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 97(1), 65-88.
Salomonsson, B. (2017). The function of language in parent-infant psychotherapy. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. doi:10.1111/1745-8315.12666
Salomonsson, B., & Winberg Salomonsson, M. (2017). Intimacy thwarted and established: Following a girl from infancy to child psychotherapy. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 98(3), 861–875.
9:00am – 10:00am: Opening Remarks, and Paper by Dr. Salomonsson; 10:00am – 10:15am: Break; 10:15am – 11:00am: Discussion by Dr. Birss and Response by Dr. Salomonsson; 11:00am – 12:00pm: Q&A and Group Discussion.
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