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Essential Klein (912) 2023S
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Category: Courses

Essential Klein (912)
Instructors: Christine Erskine, LCSW, and Jacqueline Neilson, PhD

Description: In this series of discussions, we will study the important foundational contributions of Melanie Klein to our more contemporary ideas about transference/countertransference, enactment, intersubjective communication, and therapeutic action. We will make use of two complementary texts, both of which each student will be asked to purchase: (1) Our primary text will be Margaret Rustin and Michael Rustin’s excellent 2017 book Reading Klein, giving us access to a thorough understanding of Klein’s work with children, Epistemophilia, Mourning, Depressive Position, Splitting, Projective Identification, and Envy and Gratitude, with extensive quotes from Klein’s own writing ($44.95 at Amazon); (2) our secondary text will be The Klein Tradition, edited by Penelope Garvey and Kay Long (Routledge, 2018), which provides current applications and developments of Klein’s central ideas ($66.95 at Amazon). Discussion will invite exploration of participants’ clinical material that illustrates the concepts we’re studying. We will also explore ways in which Klein’s ideas help us understand current social and political tensions.

Target Audience: This class is for clinicians at the intermediate to advanced level.

Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats. All participants will read and synthesize the materials presented, partly through the sharing of clinical experiences.

About the Instructors:
Christine Erskine, LCSW, is a former founding member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of NC (now included in the PCC). She is a graduate in adult psychoanalysis of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and a former analytic instructor at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. She began distance studies in Klein and British Object Relations at the Washington School of Psychiatry and the International Psychotherapy Institute in the 1980s and has continued to understand transference and countertransference primarily through a Kleinian lens. Having returned to the Triangle area, she now sees patients and supervisees virtually in Raleigh. After a term as President of the PCC, she is now Faculty Chair and enjoys teaching contemporary psychoanalytic theories.

Jacqueline Neilson, PhD, is a training analyst, faculty and supervisor at Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis and a Clinical Instructor at George Washington University Department of Psychiatry. She received her doctorate in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University and her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz. She lives and works in full-time private practice in Washington, DC. She teaches courses on Kleinian theory and applications of Kleinian thought to issues of diversity and leads a study group on post-Kleinian theory and technique. She has worked with several Kleinian psychoanalysts and is especially indebted to Alberto Pieczanski, Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, Laura Etchegoyen, and John Steiner for their invaluable contributions to nurturing her analytic mind.




Where: via Zoom
When: Wednesdays, January 18, 2023 to March 15, 2023 No class February 22nd.
Time: 5:00pm to 6:30pm Eastern Time (time subject to change)

CME Credits: 12 / CE Credits: 12 / NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance


Prerequisite: First priority will be given to matriculated students who have previously completed at least most of the 200-level courses, particularly 201, 202, and 203, and register prior to Dec. 30th. After Dec. 30th, the course will be open to non-matriculated students. Anyone interested in enrolling in this course who has not completed the listed course prerequisites at the PCC should speak with the instructor for permission to join.

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn elective credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs. Students must complete course assignments to receive training program credit.

Continuing Education Credit: At the end of the course, participants must complete the evaluation form to receive continuing education credit. The instructor(s) has signed a financial disclosure form and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

Course Syllabus: Download Syllabus

Registration and Tuition Deadline is January 11th.
$25 Registration Fee is due at the time of application.

Tuition: $315
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs
$290 for residents and graduate students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

Matriculated students are not charged a course registration fee. Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee. In special circumstances we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
Course Cancellation Policy




Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be able to:

  1. Listen to their patients with a deeper empathy for the mind’s struggles to organize itself in the face of early anxieties
  2. Develop an observant eye for the “play” in a therapy session (play in words and in gestures, in the case of adult treatment)
  3. Become sensitive to the “mourning” that is part of every healthy person’s development out of magical thinking
  4. Tune their analytic “antennae” to the operations of projective identification in the development of transference and countertransference
  5. Describe a felt difference between paranoid-schizoid and depressive functioning in their patients' minds
  6. Describe societal tensions in terms of Kleinian concepts of projective identification and depressive position functioning

CE & CME Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider ship of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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