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Listening to Transmissions between Generations

Working with intergenerational secrets, wounds and strengths - psychoanalytic and relational approaches

With Dr Haydée Faimberg and Dr Jill Salberg

Saturday 18 November 2017 - London

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Haydée Faimberg

Listening to three or more generations in the mind of the patient
In Dr Haydée Faimberg's book, The Telescoping of Generation: Listening to the Narcistic Links between Generations (Routledge, 2005), the speaker proposed that narcissistic structures and unconscious object identifications, in which at least three generations are telescoped, can be found in every analysis. How are patients affected by this transmission of subject-object constellations from one generation to the next? And how can this be experienced and articulated if unknown to both patient and analyst? We will consider how this material is passed on.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Dr Haydée Faimberg

Listening to Listening - the key clinical skill in working with intergenerational narcissism
In this session we will deepen our understanding of the therapeutic technique required to detect intergenerational identification. The essential skill is the analyst's function (in the session) of 'listening (to the patient) listening' - listening to how the patient reinterprets her interpretations and her silence, which frequently speaks volumes. In this way, the analyst becomes able to discover (with the patient and often with surprise) what had been, up to then, inaudible unconscious identifications where three generations are condensed. Here begins the possibility of reconstructing the narcissistic element of the transmission of family history.
13.00   Lunch (not included)
14.15   Dr Jill Salberg

Generational Collisions - working with 3-4 generations of mothers and daughters in the mind of the patient and the analyst
Understanding the role of attachment and the mutual regulation and/or dissociation of affects within human relationships opens the door to how transmissions occur. Using case material, this presentation will look at the trans-generational transmission of attachment dysfunction across four generations of mothers and daughters. A patient carried anxious attachment and a kind of dysregulated affect that we can clearly trace from her grandmother. We will explore a shifting presence and absence for the patient and within the analytic dyad, seeing how the analyst's own attachment trans-generational history is activated and collides with the patients' experience in multiple ways. It is in these collisions - particularly surrounding the patient's mothering her own daughter relationship - that the deeply transformative and healing work occurs. This work often heals not only the patient but the analyst as well. The material will also be used to also help us understand how we come to know our own trans-generational transmission history, and to use it within the treatment relationship.
15.30   Tea
15.45   Dr Jill Salberg

The Texture of Traumatic Attachment- theory
The growing literature on trans-generational transmission of trauma has begun to provide a much-needed expansion of the psychoanalytic field. Many writers (Gerson, 2009; Halasz, 2011; Harris, 2006, 2007; and Laub, 1998) propose that when there is a parent who has been traumatised, their fragmented experience is often a secret or absence for the child but when the traumatised parent remains resilient and alive, this state-shifting or fragmentation may be tolerable. Jill Salberg has written that in order to bond and attach in deeply dysregulated circumstances, the child must attune to procedural communications about the family trauma story thus become attached to a parent's presence and absence.
17.00   End

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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
20-28 Bolsover Street

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End