Clinical Perspectives on Trauma Study Group

Instructor: Judy K Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA

Trauma according to Freud (1920) is defined by the failure of the internal contact barrier to protect the psyche from bombardment. Feeling bombarded is an internal response to either an internal or an external event that arises when our necessary defensive organizations fail us. The internal response, one of being overwhelmed, shuts down the capacity to think, leaving an unmentalized state that is present in the body but not memorable. Trauma impedes one’s ability to process and make meaning of experience. Trauma splits the mind and the body. Cumulative trauma impacts the mind in numerous self-perpetuating ways.

Symbolization and the ability to verbalize intense emotional experiences serve to contain and limit the effect of traumatic events. The seminar will examine the impact early psychological trauma has on the development of a self and on the development of an apparatus for thinking that protects one from excessive stimulation and ongoing traumatic consequences.

This seminar will review the above mentioned phenomena and the process of mentalization as it serves to bind anxiety and unconscious conflict. Application of the theory of trauma to clinical practice is also considered.

General Information

Who May Register: This study group is open to any psychoanalyst or psychotherapist interested in the topic of trauma. If you are a member of NPSI you are eligible for the member rate. If you would like to become a community member prior to registration, please click here.

Course Length: The study group will meet March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 12, 26, June 9, and 23.

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm

CEUs: 13.5

NPSI Members $54 per class
Non-Members $60 per class

Text: Trauma and the Destructive-Transformative Struggle: Clinical Perspectives. Terrance McBride and Maureen Murphy, Editors.

To Register: Email Administrator Hollee Sweet at admin@npsi.us.com.

Location: Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; 2701 1st Avenue, Suite 120, Seattle, WA 98121

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn to apply the theories of representation to their clinical work with trauma survivors.

2. Participants will develop an understanding of their own clinical processes when working with Trauma Survivors.

Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA is an IPA certified training and supervising psychoanalyst and a licensed child psychologist. She is a full faculty member of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and Seattle Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. She has a private practice in Seattle, Washington, USA where she teaches, writes, and consults. She is the author of numerous papers and a book titled Trauma and Primitive Mental States: An Object Relations Perspective. Dr. Eekhoff is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis.