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A Permanent Earthquake Revisited: Reflections on Psychotherapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum with Jeffrey Eaton, MA, FIPA

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A Permanent Earthquake Revisited: Reflections on Psychotherapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum with Jeffrey Eaton, MA, FIPA

Saturday, February 17, 2024 9:00am to 1:00pm
Oregon Psychoanalytic Center
2250 NW Flanders Street
Suite 312
Portland, OR 97210
Sponsored by: 
Oregon Psychoanalytic Center and The Georgia Lee Grant

This event will be presented in two parts. 

In Part 1, Jeff Eaton will read his 2006 Frances Tustin Memorial Lecture titled “A Permanent Earthquake: Notes on the Treatment of a Young Boy.” This paper describes in detail the psychoanalytic treatment of a boy diagnosed with Autism by the University of Washington Autism Center. The essay gives a detailed feel for the therapeutic process while also exploring many of Frances Tustin’s seminal ideas. 

In Part 2,  Jeff will offer a short essay on what he has observed and learned since writing his Tustin lecture, having treated several more children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. His emphasis will be on details of the clinical process and interaction and some of the special challenges in making contact with difficult-to-reach children. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Gain familiarity with the work of Frances Tustin in her treatment of children on the Autism Spectrum. 
  2. Appreciate the special forms that anxiety takes in children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. 
  3. Learn how an observational stance fosters the possibility of making emotional contact with a difficult-to-reach child. 


Jeffrey L. Eaton, MA, FIPA, is a board-certified psychoanalyst, a graduate and faculty member of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and a member of the IPA. He is author of A Fruitful Harvest: Essays after Bion as well as many chapters published in edited collections. He was awarded the Frances Tustin Memorial Lecture Prize and has been Margaret Jarvie Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, Beeta Rank Lecturer for the Boston Psychoanalytic Society, a presenter at the Tavistock Institute in London, and International Guest Lecturer for The Australian Psychoanalytic Society. Currently he is actively supervising and/or teaching in Australia, Israel, Scotland, Germany, Canada, and the United States. He has a private practice of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and consultation in Seattle, WA

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