March 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
141 Herrick Rd
Newton Centre
MA 02459
Lauren Lukason




WRD Fairbairn


Jason Jones, MD

Psychotherapist Member, Graduate of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATP), and Trustee, BPSI. Private practice in Belmont.


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8 Sessions: Tuesdays, January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Fee: Early Bird: $175 • Regular: $225 (after January 14, 2016)

The fee is waived for BPSI Members, Trainees, and Associates. Scholarships are available upon request.


A battered woman returns to her physcially abusive husband for the fourth time. A man ragefully quites and walks off his job after feeling taken advantage of by an underappreciative box, and all of the man’s jobs end this way. If people are logical, pleasure seeking creatures who learn from their mistakes, then how do we explain their repetivite, contradictory and often self destructive choices? Freud wrestled with this problem and collided with the limits of his drive theory and the “pleasure principle”. About 20 years later, the Scottish psychoanalyst WRD Fairbairn offered an explanation and an alternative structural model of the mind, one that formed the basis of Object Relations Theory, and one that remains enormously useful today.


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Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the limits of the pleasure principle in understanding patients’ behavior.
  2. Describe what Fairbairn means by the “schizoid condition”.
  3. Describe Fairbairn’s idea of “infantile dependence”.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Fairbairn’s “moral defense”.
  5. Describe the basis of Fairbairn’s structural model of the mind.
  6. Explain Fairbairn’s theory of how therapy works when it is useful.
  7. Identify Fairbairn’s use of his theories in his treatment of H. Guntrip.
  8. Apply Fairbairn’s theory to an analysis of Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon”.


7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Lecture, 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Group Discussion

This program will be of interest to non-practitioners and practitioners at all levels of training. Continuing Education credits are offered for psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.


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Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) 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 12 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 12 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617/266-0953 or office@bpsi.org for more information.

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

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.

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.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.