September 9, 2015 @ 11:00 pm – October 29, 2015 @ 12:30 am
141 Herrick Road
Newton Center
Early Bird Registration $125.00; Regular $175.00 (effective August 24th, 2015)
Drew Brydon
617-266-0953 x 105


James Barron, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Faculty at BPSI, past President and Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East (PINE), with a private practice in Brookline.

8 Sessions: Tuesday, Sept 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fee: Early Bird: $125 • Regular: $175 (effective August 24th, 2015)
*Free for BPSI Members, Trainees, APsaA Fellow Members, and PiP

This course will focus on the intrapsychic and intersubjective processes elaborated by Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, and several of their most creative followers. We will link their innovative thinking about how our minds work to the concept of therapeutic action. We will pay particular attention to the key concepts of the internal object world populating the theater of the mind, projective identification shaping the unconscious mutual influencing in the therapeutic dyad, and waking dream thoughts contributing to the narratives co-created by therapist/analyst and patient. Throughout the course we will relate the abstract concepts to clinical examples from the readings and to our own work with patients.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss Klein’s concept of internal objects.

2. Examine Klein’s concept of phantasy and its relation to drive and affect.

3. Explain Klein’s concept of projective identification and its subsequent elaboration.

4. Define what Bion meant by waking dream thought and its relevance to therapeutic action.

5. Clarify Bion’s conception of the thinking apparatus, beta elements, and alpha function.

6. Describe the unconscious stream of communication between therapist and patient (dreams for two) and its relation to therapeutic action.

7. Link the thinking capacity of the therapeutic dyad to the analytic field.

8. Observe the connection between non-dreaming and enactment in the therapeutic encounter.


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Lecture; 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Group Discussion

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Explorations in Mind, BPSI’s community education program, offers a wide range of courses for clinicians, professionals in other fields, and the interested community. We hope to enhance an understanding of psychoanalysis and develop connections with the intellectual, artistic, and social issues of interest to the community at large.

Continuing Education credits are offered psychologists and social workers. This program will be of interest to mental health practitioners at all levels of training.

*Course fees are waived for BPSI Trainees and Members, please contact Drew at dbrydon@bpsi.org or (617) 266-0953 ext. 105 if you are a current BPSI Trainee or Member and would like to enroll in a course*

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. *Course fees are waived for BPSI Trainees and Members, please contact Drew at dbrydon@bpsi.org or (617) 266-0953 ext. 107 if you are a current BPSI Trainee or Member and would like to enroll in a course*

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 13.5 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 program fulfills the requirements for 13.5 hours of CE per session.
Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Administrative Office for information regarding continuing education for Social Workers.





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/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

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.

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.