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Working with and Understanding the Place of Grief, Healthy and Pathological Mourning

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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.

February 15, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm
(Registration and hors d’oeuvres: 6:30pm – 7:00pm)

February 16, 2019
9:00am – 1:00pm
(Registration and light breakfast): 8:30am – 9:00am)

CEUs Included


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:
Friday night hors d’oeuvres
Saturday light breakfast and snacks


The Seattle School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA  98121

For questions, please contact 
Kathleen Heppell at  office@nwfdc.org 
or call the COR office at (206) 443-9045

About the Presenter

Avedis Panajian, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association, a certified psychoanalyst, researcher, senior lecturer, and licensed psychologist in California. He has served as a board member of the Western Regional Board for Diplomates in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has chaired Diplomate examinations and served as a licensure examiner for many years for the California Board of Psychology. He has also received the Distinguished Educator Award from the California Board of Psychology.

Dr. Panajian is a supervising and training analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Panajian’s research interests include infantile development, trauma, and the treatment of severe emotional disorders.

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