March 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
141 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
6172660953 ext 103

The Psycho-Somatically Ill: A Winnicottian Perspective

5 Sessions: Tuesdays, Mar 13, 20, 27; Apr 3, 10, 2018

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

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

This course will develop an understanding of psycho-somatic illness with a focus on Winnicott’s theories. A clinical case of a patient who developed a somatic False Self organization to survive childhood trauma will be presented. Each week will focus on a central concept in Winnicott’s model to help elucidate the enigmatic underpinnings of the split between mind and psyche-soma. Participants are encouraged to present their clinical experiences to further elucidate the theoretical understanding.



Lucinda DiDomenico, MD — Psychoanalyst Member, and Faculty of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATP) program, BPSI. Private practice in Newton Centre, MA.


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

  1. Discuss key developmental and character features of the psycho-somatically ill patient.
  2. Describe the healthy and pathological development of the self in the context of the body.
  3. Describe healthy and pathological development of True Self and False Self.
  4. Explain healthy development and pathological disorders of potential space.
  5. Identify factors involved in fear of breakdown model of trauma.



Di Domenico, L. (2017) The Psycho-Somatically Ill: A Winnicottian Perspective.

Winnicott, D. W. (©1992). Through paediatrics to psycho-analysis: collected papers. New York, NY: Brunner/Mazel.

Ogden, T. H. (2016). Destruction Reconceived: On Winnicott’s “The use of an object and relating through idnetification.” Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97: 1243-1262.


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 7.5 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 7.5 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.