This coming February, the Center for Object Relations and The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology will proudly welcome psychoanalyst Avedis Panajian back to Seattle for another memorable exploration of the deeply human endeavor that is psychoanalysis. In this year’s visit, Dr. Panajian will focus on grief, mourning and pathological mourning and the ways in which particular psychoanalytic theorists can help us understand the complex and contradictory nature of the painful, creative, and indelibly human experience of loss. Dr. Panajian will explore the physical and psychic pain, healthy and pathological identifications, memories and fantasies, day-dreams and dreams, creative solitude, internal voids, narcissistic pain, and narcissistic structures that inhere to mourning in its normative and pathological forms. He will also discuss the impact that losses have on psychological organization, and specifically the sacrificial role that the ego often plays in surviving the trauma of loss.
Dr. Panajian will explore common defenses against mourning, including intellectualization and other obsessive means that patients and therapists both use to avoid the unknown and liminal dimensions of loss. He will also discuss the way that confronting the unknown can become a generative and creative process that fosters the development of new identifications and a healed relationship to what has been lost. As always, Dr. Panajian will rely on his ample clinical experience to provide heartfelt and meaningful stories from his life and work that will lend an emotional immediacy to the ideas he will share. We are sure that his visit will be another fascinating and meaningful journey into the human heart of psychoanalytic work, and we certainly hope you will join us for it.
Fees: Entire event (2/15 and 2/16): Retired: $60, COR Member: $90, Non-member: $105, Grad Student: $75
Friday (2/15) Only: Retired: $25, COR Member: $35, Non-member: $40, Grad Student: $30
Saturday (2/16) Only: Retired: $45, COR Member: $65, Non-member: $75, Grad Student: $55
Fee includes: CEUs Friday 2 CEUs, Saturday 3.5 CEUs