Bion and Primitive Mental States: Trauma and the Symbiotic Link with Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD

6 CEs

Seminar Code: CIPS-008
Eight Session Program: 6 CEs
Presenter: Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA
Dates: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 2022
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)
Content Level: Intermediate
Course Fee: $160.00; Candidates: $120.00; CE Fee: additional $40.00

Early childhood trauma effects the development of the mental apparatus for thinking and feeling. The seminar – Bion and Primitive Mental States: Trauma and the Symbiotic Link- will explore the most primal defenses that are called into service to protect the psyche during times of overwhelming physical and psychic experience. The workshop will use the book Bion and Primitive Mental States, Trauma and The Symbiotic Link. 

The seminar is for therapists who work with traumatized patients who are difficult to reach. It will provide clinical vignettes that show the deep and disturbing processes inevitable when working therapeutically with patients who suffer life-long pain.

The seminar will describe how trauma survivors suffer from direct access to primal undifferentiated positions of the psyche. This access, unmediated by symbolic representation but represented in the body, disrupts the normal trajectory of development and of relationship. Survivors have no words to communicate this experience. Without words, trauma torments them, because it cannot be borne, grieved, and released. Without access to the usual defenses against unpleasant feelings and ideas, survivors are left isolated and confused. Primal states are an aftermath of trauma resistant to treatment because they are outside the symbolic order of the mind. The analyst/therapist must suffer these states and mentalize them before putting them into words for the patient.

Primitive body relations and object relations include the body of the analyst as part of the analytic frame and are essential in establishing a therapeutic alliance.

Judy K Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA, is an IPA certified training and supervising psychoanalyst and a licensed child psychologist. Dr. Eekhoff is a full member and past president of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a faculty member of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in Seattle Washington. She is the author of numerous papers and book chapters as well as two books; Trauma and Primitive Mental States: An Object Relations Perspective  and Bion and Primitive Mental States: Trauma and the Symbiotic Link.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify a patient’s use of primal defenses
  2. Differentiate between representation in the body and symbolization
  3. Analyze the impact trauma has had on a patient’s ability to process experience
  4. Describe pressure to enact post traumatic states.
  5. Demonstrate the analysis and interpretation of such pressured states

Agenda:

  • This four-session seminar will include lecture and discussion.
  • January 20, 2022: 5:00–6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)—Two chapters will be discussed: Chapter 1, Trauma and Primal States of Mind, and Chapter 2, No Words to Say it.
  • January 27, 2022: 5:00–6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)—Two chapters will be discussed: Chapter 3, The Black Hole: Alarm Signal of Catastrophe, and Chapter 4, Primitive Identification and Confusional States
  • February 4, 2022: 5:00- 6:30pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)—Two chapters will be discussed:  Chapter 5, Terrified by Suffering, Tormented by Pain, and Chapter 6, Introjective Identification: The Analytic Work of Evocation
  • February 11, 2022: 5:00-6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)—Two chapters will be discussed: Chapter 7, Breaking Up, Breaking Down, Breaking Through, and Chapter 8, The Spark of Life

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Psychoanalysts

Continuing Education Credits

Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com.

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Psychologists

  • R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 6 CE hours
  • NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0018. 6 clock hours. Live online.

Psychoanalysts

  • NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.
  • 6 clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers

  • CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which R. Cassidy Seminars is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Some states, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
  • IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785.  6 CE hours.
  • NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 6 contact hours Live online.
  • OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for  6 clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

  • CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
  • IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. 6 hours.
  • NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 6 contact hours. Live online.
  • NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 6 contact hours. Live online.
  • OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 6 clock hours, #RCST110701.
  • TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 6 CE hours.

Creative Arts Therapists

  • NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. 6 contact hours. Live online.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds will be issued if notification of cancellation is received one week prior to the start of the course.

Important Disclosure Information:
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at connies3@aol.com

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Bion and the Primitive Mental States: Trauma and the Symbiotic Link

Judy K. Eekhoff