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Thirteenth International Evolving British Object Relations Conference 2022

Magritte, René
The False Mirror (Le faux mirroir). 1929
© 2021 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

"Truth & Lies"

Sponsored by Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

October 8-9 & 15-16, 2022 Online

9:00 am - 1:00 pm (PT) each day


The Thirteenth International Evolving British Object Relations (EBOR) Conference is a virtual event spanning two weekends.

October 8 & 9, 2022: Individual papers

"The Body Narrates: Finding 'Truth' in Psychoanalysis"
Presenter: Elizabeth E. Berlese, PhD
Moderator: Lynn Cunningham, MA, PhD, LICSW

"Analytic Truth or Lies? Mystical knowing helps us tell the difference"
Presenter: David M. Brooks, PhD, FIPA
Moderator: Coleen Gold, MA, BCATR, FIPA

"Weaving our Webs - Untangling our Truths"
Presenter: Stan Case, LCSW, PhD
Moderator: Margaret Bergmann-Ness, MA, LICSW

"Between the Real and the Imaginary: Truth and Lies in the Analytic Encounter"
Presenter: Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA
Moderator: Samantha Good, LICSW

"Lying, the Liar, and the Lied to"
Presenter: Amber Nemeth, PhD
Moderator: Joanne della Penta, ATR-BC, LMHC, FIPA

"A Home to the Lie: The Contemporary (Per)Version of Truth"
Presenter: Nancy C. Winters, MD, FIPA
Moderator: Rikki Ricard, MFA, MA, FIPA

October 15 & 16, 2022: Plenary presentations with Nicola Abel-Hirsch and Avner Bergstein

Nicola Abel-Hirsch is the author of Bion 365 Quotes (Routledge, 2019) and a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society with a full-time psychoanalytical practice in London. She has given clinical and theoretical papers and seminars on Bion in the UK; Taiwan (annually 2005-2012); the USA and in Europe. From 2013–2015 she was the visiting professor at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. Her publications include "The Life Instinct" Int. J. Psycho-Anal. (2010); "A Note and a Short Story" in The Bion Tradition (2015); "Bion, Alpha-Function and the Unconscious Mind" Brit. J. Psychother. (2016), and "The Devil is in the Detail" in The Melanie Klein Tradition (2017). She is the editor of Hanna Segal’s last book Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2007). Under the auspices of Understanding Primitive Mental States (NYC) she has recently given a series of online seminars on ‘Bion’s Questions’.

Avner Bergstein is a training and supervising psychoanalyst and faculty member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. He works in private practice with adults, adolescents, and children and has worked for several years at a kindergarten for children with autism. He has authored numerous papers and book chapters elaborating on the clinical implications of the writings of Bion and Meltzer. His papers are translated into many languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. He is the author of the book Bion and Meltzer's Expeditions into Unmapped Mental Life: Beyond the Spectrum in Psychoanalysis. He conducts reading seminars internationally focusing on the writings of these two authors.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to differentiate truth (absolute reality) from psychic truth (personal emotional reality).

2. Participants will be able to define lies in a psychoanalytic context.

3. Participants will be able to differentiate between emotional experiences that promote relationships and those that pervert them.

4. Participants will be able to link lies to the fear of absolute reality and the threat of catastrophic change.



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