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Maternal Envy as Legacy with Jill Salberg, PhD

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Maternal Envy as Legacy with Jill Salberg, PhD

Saturday, September 9, 2023 9:00am to 11:30am
Via Zoom
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This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 2.5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This presentation also meets the requirements of WAC 246-809-620 (definition of recognized categories of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers).

In this Alliance Master Class, Jill Salberg, PhD, will lead participants in a discussion of her 2022 essay, “Maternal Envy as Legacy: Search for the Unknown Lost Maternal Object”.  Dr. Salberg will elaborate upon her thinking since publication, facilitate discussion, and answer questions.  All participants will receive a copy of the essay upon registration.  In order to facilitate an intimate, stimulating discussion, the group will be limited to 10 participants who can directly engage with the author.

Salberg, J. (2022). Maternal envy as legacy: Search for the unknown lost maternal object. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 103 (5), 726-743.

The impact of intergenerational transmissions of trauma and the dissociative states of mind that cross from parents to their children has become an important expansion of psychoanalytic theory. Clinical material will be discussed showing how an early death of a mother haunted the lives of many generations of mothers and daughters. Considerations of attachment rupture, trauma, envy, deadly and deadening aggression and shame are discussed as part of transgenerational transmission phenomena and how they are worked on in the analytic relationship. Envious attacks, though painful to tolerate, nonetheless need to be processed in order to transform transmissions from the past.

JILL SALBERG, Ph.D., ABPP is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.  A member of IPTAR, her articles have been published in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Psychoanalytic PerspectivesShe is the editor of and a contributor to Good Enough Endings: Breaks, Interruptions and Terminations from Contemporary Relational Perspectives (2010) and Psychoanalytic Credos: Personal and Professional Journeys of Psychoanalysts (2022)She has co-edited with Sue Grand, The Wounds of History: Repair and Resilience in the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma, and Transgenerational Trauma and the Other: Dialogues Across History and Difference (2017), both winners of the prestigious Gradiva Award in 2018.  Their co-written book Transgenerational Trauma: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge) is forthcoming in the fall of 2023. She originated and co-edits a book series, Psyche and Soul: Psychoanalysis, Spirituality and Religion in Dialogue (Routledge/Taylor & Francis).  Dr. Salberg is in private practice in Manhattan and online.


Recent Publications:

Suggested supplemental reading:

  • Faimberg, H.  (1988).  The telescoping of generations: Genealogy of certain identifications.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 24: 99–118.

  • Gerhardt, J.  (2009).  The roots of envy: The unaesthetic experience of the tantalized/dispossessed self.”  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19(3): 267 293. 

  • Reis, B. ( 2019).  Creative repetition.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 100 (6): 1306–1320.

  • Schechter, D.  (2017).  On traumatically skewed intersubjectivityPsychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(4):251–264.

  • Spillius, E. B.  (1993).  Varieties of envious experience (article on page 45).  The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 74: 1199–1212.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

• Discuss how envy can be transmitted from parent to child to grandchild as an internal affect state.

• Describe how trauma transmissions occur in the attachment relationship and how painful states of mind from the parent take residence in the child’s mind.

• Identify how these trauma transmissions can be heard in the treatment and worked with in the transference/countertransference analytic relationship.

Participants: This event is designed for graduate level students in mental health and all mental health professionals from introductory to advanced levels.  The presentation is geared for clinicians who wish to advance their knowledge and expand their skill base in psychodynamic clinical work.

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $35 handling fee will be given up until three weeks before the presentation. 

This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 2.5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists.  Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Erin Wright at  There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.  Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program's content.

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Erin Wright, LMHC
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