Beth J. Seelig, M.D.
Training & Supervising Analyst, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at Columbia University;
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, Dept. of Psychiatry
will present on
Maternal Altruism and Boundary Violation: A Supervisory Challenge
Altruism, defined by Seelig & Rosof (2001) as, "a range of both normal and pathological behaviors that are consciously intended to, and actually may, benefit another," is characteristic of most, if not all, analysts and therapists. The problematic initial presentation and the re-analysis of a highly caring and altruistic therapist (Mrs A) who is involved in an ongoing boundary violation with a borderline patient is presented. Mrs A's boundary violation, its meaning as an enactment of the transference/countertransference between her and her patient, the transference/countertransference between Mrs A and the author, and Mrs A's traumatic early life history and prior analysis are discussed.
Students, academics and clinical professionals in the analytic community are encouraged to attend.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium