September 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wilson Hall
249 Herrick Road
Newton Centre
Lauren Lukason
617-266-0953 x107




From Mahler’s Nursery to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Multi-Generational Study of the Transformation of Internal Representations (The 2016 S. Joseph Nemetz Memorial Lecture)

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Wendy Olesker, PhD (Presenter) is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and on the Faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is on the Editorial Board of The Psychoanalytic study of the Child and The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Presently she is Director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

Miriam Steele, PhD (Presenter) is a Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research. She bridges the world of psychoanalytic thinking and clinical practice with contemporary research in child development. Currently, Dr. Steele is a co-investigator on a federally funded grant “Birth to Three: A Pragmatic Clinical Trial for Child Maltreatment Prevention. Her other projects include studies exploring attachment and body representations in adults and mother-child dyads, and studies of child development in foster care and adoptive families.

Ann Epstein, MD (Discussant) is a child psychiatrist and adult analyst. She is on the BPSI faculty and is a Harvard supervisor at Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Epstein has a long-standing interest in early development, attachment theory, and the origins of intersubjectivity. She is a founding faculty member of the Infant Parent Training Program at JF&CS, a two-year training program in parent-infant psychotherapy.

Ayelet Barkai, MD (Moderator) is in private practice in Cambridge and is on the teaching faculty of the Cambridge Health Alliance, PINE, BPSI and Harvard Medical School. She is a member and former program chair of the Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Society, and was a research associate in a 30 plus year longitudinal study of adolescent psychological development at Judge Baker Children’s center.


Date: Thursday, September 24, 2016

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Wilson Hall, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Fee: Early Bird: $40 • Regular: $50 (after September 9, 2016 at 5pm)

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


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From Mahler’s Nursery to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Multi-Generational Study of the Transformation of Internal Representations (The 2016 S. Joseph Nemetz Memorial Lecture)

The psychoanalytic theories that guide clinical work rest on the notion that childhood experiences shape adult character structure. This presentation makes use of a unique set of data about an adult psychotherapy patient across her life span and within three generations. The adult patient as a child and her mother were studied at Margaret Mahler’s Masters Children’s Center using film, observational notes, interviews and psychological testing. Follow-up study included videos and detailed assessments of the patient, mother and her daughter. There will be a focus on the intergenerational transmission of defenses for managing affects within the context of attachment. Process from the patient’s adult psychotherapy will link early relationships to the present, especially how aggression influences defense and memory. This is an unusual opportunity to evaluate central constructs of Mahler’s work and their relationship to contemporary perspectives, including the development of mental representations and cognitive functions and their transformation from one generation to the next.


About the Annual S. Joseph Nemetz Memorial Lecture

The Nemetz Memorial Lecture honors the history of American psychoanalysis. Established in 2009, the annual lecture focuses on the importance of communal memory: the idea that we honor our origins as we progress and further develop psychoanalysis in the United States. Lectures in S. Joseph Nemetz’s spirit – reflective, community-minded and open-minded – emphasize imaginative service to the profession.


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Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Articulate the process of development and transmission of coping mechanisms, specifically as they relate to aggression across generations.
  2. Describe the development of internalized “false objects” and the implications for the creation of character pathology and its treatment.
  3. Describe clinical correlations with Margaret Mahler’s theories regarding separation and individuation, modes of attachment, formation and transformation of internal representations.



9:00 am – 9:10 am: Introductions; 9:10 am – 10:30 am: Presentations; 10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break; 10:45 am – 11:05 am: Discussant; 11:05 am – 12:00 pm: Panel response and audience discussion.



Bowlby, J. (2012). On knowing what you are not supposed to know and feeling what you are supposed to feel. A Secure Base (pp 132-155) Abingdon Oxen: Routledge.

Levine, H. B. (2009). Time and Timelessness: Inscription and Representation. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 57, 333-355.

Lieberman, A. (1999). Negative Maternal Attributions: Effects on Toddler’s Sense of Self. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 19, 737-756.

Lieberman, A. F., Padrón, E., Van Horn, P., Harris, W. W. (2014). Angels in the Nursery: The Intergenerational Transmission of Benevolent Parental Influences. New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relaional Psychoanalysis Journal, 8, 120-138.

Olseker, W. (2012). Aggression and Impulse Control in the Analysis of a Young Boy. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 66, 81-108.


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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.


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 physician. 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 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.

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