April 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
141 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
6172660953 ext 103

Psychoanalytic Field Theory, Part III: South American Origins and Contemporary Developments

6 Sessions: Wednesdays, Apr 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 23, 2018

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians only. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.


Psychoanalytic Field Theory continues to grow in its importance and influence in contemporary international psychoanalysis. Its origins can be traced to the particular atmosphere and prevailing influences that characterized psychoanalysis in South America more than fifty years ago. This course will explore and trace the development of Field Theory since that time in its various South American expressions and forms.



Jack Foehl, PhD — Psychoanalyst Member, Training and Supervising Analyst, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI. Private practice in Brookline, MA.

Chris Lovett, PhD — Candidate Member, and Faculty of the Explorations in Mind program, BPSI. Private practice in Newton Centre, MA.


Learning Objectives
After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Field Theory in relation to its origins in South American psychoanalysis.
  2. Discuss the ways in which the influence of Klein, Bion and Winnicott were integral to the emergence and development of Field Theory in South America.
  3. Discuss the philosophical contribution of Merleau-Ponty and phenomenology as they relate to the concept of ‘The Field’.
  4. Describe and discuss the contemporary emphasis on “dreaming the patient” in field theory in the work of South American theorists and clinicians.
  5. Define the concept of the “Link” as defined by Pichon Rivière and its centrality to the conceptualization of Field Theory in South American psychoanalysis.



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Bleger, L. (2017). Jose Bleger’s thinking about psychoanalysis. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 93, 993-1003.

Berenstein, I. (2012). Vinulo as a relationship between others. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 81, 656-577.


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Group Discussion.


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 9 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 9 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.

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.

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.

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.