APM Meeting – April 3, 2012, Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, M.D., Ph.D. – “Maternal Functioning”

THE ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC MEDICINE

The monthly meeting of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine, 2 East 103rd Street, New York City, on TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

“MATERNAL FUNCTIONING AND ITS CONSEQUENCES ON EARLY PSYCHIC LIFE: CLASSICAL AND MODERN PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORIES AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE ANALYST’S WORK”

PRESENTER:

Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Columbia University Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Program

DISCUSSANT:

Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, M.D.

Member, New York Psychoanalytic Institute

In this talk, Sigmund Freud’s description of the importance of a maternal protective shield for early psychic life will be reviewed, followed by consideration of how French psychoanalysts have developed this theory and applied it to understanding psychosomatic processes during infancy. Winnicott’s theory of primary maternal preoccupation and early trauma will be discussed, as well as Bion’s notion of containment and maternal reverie as a way to utilize maternal unconscious and conscious functioning in analytic technique. Issues in transference and countertransference will be considered in the analysis of a pregnant woman who suffered from trauma and psychosomatic symptoms. Of particular focus will be the interventions made with this woman’s sleepless infant, illustrating how the traumatized mother integrated the analyst’s containing function and used this capacity to contain her own child.

Educational objectives:

After attending this presentation, participant will able to:

1. Describe and critically evaluate historic and contemporary theories regarding maternal functioning.

2. Better recognize the multilayered dynamics present in mother-infant interactions

3. Better recognize the influence of the analyst’s own maternal background on the quality of his or her attending to the patient.

Henry P. Schwartz, M.D.

President

Edith Cooper, Ph.D.

Secretary

Edward Kenny, M.D.

Chair, Program Committee

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine. 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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLUSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial information to disclose.

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