Trauma, Guilt and Reparation. A Psychoanalytic Approach to Clinical Work with Severely Traumatized Patients

Presenter: Heinz Weiss

This series of lectures explores the issue of trauma with particular reference to issues of reparation and guilt. Referencing to the work of Freud, Klein and others it examines the emotional barriers faced by people who have experienced severe traumatization, as well as the emergence of reparative processes which pave the way from impasse to development. Referencing to the work of Freud, Klein and others the interplay between reality and phantasy is being discussed together with the role of highly complex traumatic defence organizations, which keep the damaged objects locked deep inside the human mind, thereby obstructing the working through of mourning and guilt. Freud’s classical concept of the repetition compulsion is understood as failing attempts at reparation. Referring to clinical material, the process of reparation is examined in more detail and described as a prerequisite for the emergence of forgiveness and gratitude, as well as for a remembering with emotion and meaning.

This event will offer content related to COR’s webinar event in February: Caesura: A Close Reading Seminar of Bion’s Text with Avner Bergstein. Participants are encouraged to attend both events, however this is not a requirement.

This webinar will be recorded.

Category Details
Time Saturdays at 10:00 – 11:30 am (PST)
Dates February 17, March 2, April 27, May 25, June 15  (2024)
Location Online via Zoom
Fee $425 (COR members receive a 15% discount)
CEUs 1.5 for each attended class; 7.5 hours total

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Heinz Weiss
Heinz Weiss
Heinz Weiss is a psychoanalyst, associate member of the German Psychoanalytic Association and Guest Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has studied medicine and philosophy, was trained in psychiatry, clinical neurology and psychoanalysis and worked for many years as a consultant psychotherapist at the University of Würzburg, Germany. During the 1990s he served as visiting scientist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. From 1999-2022 he served as the head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the Robert Bosch Hospital, Stuttgart. He has taught at the University of Tuebingen and is also head of the Medical Deparment at the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt. Since 2012 he has served as the Chair of the Education Section of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He worked closely for many years with Hanna Segal and John Steiner, who both supervised him. His main interest is Borderline-pathology, pathological organizations of the personality, trauma, psychoanalytic treatment technique, and the conceptions of time and space in psychoanalysis. He has published numerous articles and books, amongst them “Trauma, Guilt and Reparation“ (Routledge 2020) and “The Claustro-agoraphobic Dilemma in Psychoanalysis“ (Routledge 2023, co-edited together with Susan Finkelstein).

Course CEU Quizzes and Evaluation

As as a part of Washington State requirements, each student who is wanting to claim class credits toward their license CEUs is required to complete a quiz, with a passing grade of 70%. You can take the quiz as many times as needed. Once the class is completed the final quiz will also have a course evaluation, which is also required, but can be completed anonymously.

Session Quiz Links
2/17/24 Quiz 1
3/2/24 Quiz 2
4/27/24 Quiz 3
5/25/24 Quiz 4
6/15/24 Quiz 5 / Evaluation

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