October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Boston Psychoanalytic Insitute
141 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459
617 266-0953

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.


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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.


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify one critical element in the treatment of mothers and their babies.
  2. Describe one visual imagery of the therapist’s and one example of its use as “an instrument of the analyst”.
  3. Describe the use of a private imagery in the clinical encounter with an adult patient.
  4. 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.


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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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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 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.

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 Instiute’s Administrative Office at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953.

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

Event 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 and 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.

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