April 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wilson Chapel
234 Herrick Rd
Newton Centre
MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
617-266-0953 x107

The Use of an Object and Relating Through Identification
The 2017 Solange Skinner Conference

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wilson Chapel
234 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Fee: Early Bird: $40 • Regular: $50 (after March 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm)
The fee is waived for BPSI Members, Trainees, and Associates. Scholarships are available upon request.

Registration required. Click here to register.



Lucinda Ballantyne, LICSW is on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance Program for Psychotherapy. She has written book criticism and essays for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Phoenix. She has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.

Claudia Gold, MD is on the faculty of William James College, University of Massachusetts Infant-Parent Mental Health Program, the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Brazelton Institute, and she currently works as a consultant in Human Development at the Austen Riggs Center. She has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for over 25 years, and has written extensively about child development and treatment, including, The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Applications of Infant Mental Health Concepts from Infancy through Adolescence (Norton, 2017), and The Silenced Child: From Labels, Medication and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth and Lifelong Resilience (Da Capo 2016).

Gil G. Noam, PhD, EdD is a graduate and member of BPSI, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, and the founder and director of the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR). He served as the director of the Risk and Prevention program, and is the founder of the RALLY Prevention Program, a Boston based intervention that bridges social and academic support in school, afterschool, and community settings. Author of over 200 papers, articles, and books in the areas of child and adolescent development as well as risk and
resiliency in clinical, school and afterschool settings, he is also the editor-in-chief of the journal New Directions in Youth Development: Theory, Practice and Research.

Christopher Morse, PHD (moderator) is a graduate and faculty member of BPSI, a Supervising Psychologist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.


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Winnicott’s late and enigmatic paper, “The use of an object and relating through identifications” (1969), concerns the way in which the infant comes to know external reality and is able to benefit from or “use” it for further psychic development. The process, in which the infant progresses from only relating to objects that are primarily subjective projections to making use of a separate and objective object in reality, paradoxically involves the infant’s destructiveness as the agent of transformation. Without anger or hate, the child destroys the (internal) other, which was the omnipotent creation of the infant, and in discovering in reality the otherness of the (m)other, the child is able to explore the use and interest of the actual other. The (m)other’s nonretaliatory stance to the destructive impulses (her survival) allows the child to explore the limits of omnipotence, and begin to appreciate “I” and “You.”

This evolution of self-reflection is not limited to the infant, and Winnicott tells us that the adult also may go on continually “destroying” the subjective object in unconscious fantasy, thereby continually creating new opportunities to make use of objective reality. Winnicott considered the application of these concepts in analytic technique, depending on the patient’s ability to place the analyst outside the subjective arena, or the patient’s capacity to use the analyst as a real object — as part of a shared reality.

Our panelists will respond to Winnicott’s ideas, to the difference between relating and usage (distinct from exploitation), and to the implications that Winnicott raised for development in infants and adults, for analytic transference and countertransference, and for all creative psychic processes (including creative writing).


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Learning Objectives

As a result of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Contrast the phenomenon of relating to internal (subjective) objects and the use of external (objective) objects.
  2. Apply Winnicott’s concept of the use of an object to the clinical situation and the relationship between analyst and patient in order to facilitate the analytic process.
  3. Contrast Winnicott’s “Uses of an Object” with Tronick’s “Mutual Regulation Model”, and demonstrate clinical applications for each.



Beeghly, M., Perry, B.D., and Tronick E.,(2016). Self Regulatory Processes in Early Development in The Oxford Handbook of Treatment Processes and Outcomes in Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology), Edited by Sara Maltzman. London: Oxford University Press, and Oxford Handbooks Online.

Caldwell, L. & A. Joyce, Eds. (2011). Reading Winnicott. The New Library of Psychoanalysis, Teaching Series.
London and New York: Routledge.

Gold, C. (2017). The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Applications of Infant Mental Health
Concepts from Infancy through Adolescence. New York: W.W. Norton.



9:00am – 9:15am: Welcome and Moderator’s Introduction; 9:15am – 9:40am: Panelist #1 Presentation; 9:40am – 10:05am: Panelist #2 Presentation; 10:05am – 10:15am: Break; 10:15am – 10:40am: Panelist #3 Presentation; 10:40am – 11:00am: Panelists Interactive Dialogue; 11:00am – 12:00pm: Discussion with Panelists and Audience


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The target audience for this program is mental health clinicians at all levels of training.

Space is limited. Registration in advance at bpsi.org is required. Questions?: 617-266-0953.

Continuing Education
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 3 hours of CE.
Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617-266-0953 or office@bpsi.org for more information.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures

Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted.

All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

 Grievance Policy

Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator / Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

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