May 29, 2014 @ 10:15 pm – May 30, 2014 @ 1:30 am
Hebrew College, Berenson Hall
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre
MA 02459
Victoria Vacaro
617-266-0953 ext. 105



THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

7:00 p.m. Hebrew College

160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre

Reception 6:00 – 6:45 pm at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s

Administrative Offices, 169 Herrick Road, Newton Centre



Dysynchrony in the Writings of D. W. Winnicott

and Associated Clinical Thoughts

 Please Click Here to Pre-Register Online







The combination of ingenious conceptualizations, occasional formulaic theory, and a superficial lack of coherence in Winnicott’s writing makes reading Winnicott exhilarating, confusing, and finally, liberating.  This freedom is exciting but often stressful, because as a new meaning is being created, and the old organization or meaning is coming apart, one feels alone and untethered. The integrative process that brings the new meaning together and establishes it in the individual’s repertoire takes time; it is not immediate.  In this presentation, Dr. Harrison will describe how her reading of Winnicott has guided her in some clinical discoveries that she might not have found without his intellectual mentorship.  She organizes her presentation around the concept of “gap” in clinical experience, which can represent initial disconnections or mismatches that are ultimately productive in furthering growth.  Dr. Harrison illustrates her ideas with three clinical examples of young children.  Dr. Harrison notes that the solitariness accompanying the “gaps” is necessary and even part of the excitement ” since one feels so uniquely oneself. ” It is also a great comfort to reflect on Winnicott and to feel a scaffold available in the background with which to steady oneself in the emerging new position.

Learning Objectives

By attending this program, participants can be expected to:

1. The participants in this academic lecture will gain a deeper appreciation of Winnicott’s writing about transitional phenomena, the variability and unpredictability of the creative process, and the precariousness of play.

2. The participants in this academic lecture will be able to distinguish between two different  kinds of “gap” in the clinical situation.

3. The participants in this academic lecture will be able to describe how mismatch and repair in the mother-infant interaction can provide insight into clinical “enactments”, or other “gaps” in the  clinical process.


1. Modell, A.H. (1985). The Works Of Winnicott And The Evolution Of His Thought.
J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 33S:113-137.  PEP Web Link

2. Winnicott D.W. (1971). Playing and Reality, London: Routledge. PEP Web Link

3. Winnicott D.W. (1960). The Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment, New York: IUP. PEP WebLink


Alexandra Harrison, MD:  Training and Supervising Analyst, and Child and Adolescent Supervisory Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, at Cambridge Health Alliance, Core Faculty, Infant Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Kathryn Jones, MD:  Candidate, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Private Practice, in Brookline in general and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Joshua Kane, MD:Clinical Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Brown University; Private Practice, Providence, RI; Candidate, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Kimberly Boyd, MD:  Co-Chair, Academic Lectures and Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society
and Institute.

This program is FREE.  The target audience for this program is experienced clinicians.

Continuing Education certification for this event is available for a $30 fee.

The fee is waived for BPSI trainees and members.

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 sponsorship 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 2.5 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 activity offers 2.5hours of CE credits for psychologists.

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

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 169 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.