Oedipus Through the Life Cycle: Childhood
Location: The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 112a Shirland Road, off Elgin Avenue, London, W9 2EQ (tube: Maida Vale or Warrick Avenue)
Saturday, 19 May 2013
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Tickets: £45 (trainees £40, students £35)
Web Site: http://www.beyondthecouch.org.uk/
The story of Oedipus can be used to explore significant aspects of emotional development from many perspectives. The myth was the foundation for Freud’s theory of the Oedipus complex, mainly unconscious feelings of wanting to posses the parent of the opposite sex. Melanie Klein, through her understanding of object relations, opened the door to the exploration of the oscillations of positive and negative unconscious fantasies. Further theoretical contributions, in spite of their differences, acknowledge its importance
This fundamental stage in a child’s development will be discussed by speakers from different theoretical perspectives. Beata Shumacher will consider the Oedipal development of the daughter of a single mother, while Viviane Green will talk about a reconstruction of childhood as seen through the eyes of an adult male with persisting omnipotent wishes. The event will be chaired by Jenny Stoker.
Beate Schumacher: How Can You Remember the Name of the Father? On the oedipal development of a single mother’s daughter.
A case history following the analytic treatment of a 6-year-old girl brought up by a single mother, making use of Lacan’s concept of ‘the name of the father’ to conceptualise her difficulties.
Viviane Green: Oedipus: Cirumvention, Conflic and Compromised Development
Reconstruction of childhood as seen through the eyes of an adult male with persisting omnipotent wishes.
Chair: Jenny Stoker
Beate Shumacher is a BPAS Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst in private practice. In the NHS, she was a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist on the Cassel Hospital’s Family Unit from 1995 – 2011. Currently, she works for the Brent Adult and Family Psychotherapy Service and for West London Mental Health Trust’s Forensic Psychotherapy Unit., She also teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and ran an infant observation course at the Karl Abraham Institute in Berlin from 2009 to 2011.
Viviane Green is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (ACP) and Adult Psychotherapist (BPC). She works in private practice and is Programme Director of the MSc in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck College. She was formerly Head of Clinical Training at the Anna Freud Centre and has developed a number of child and adolescent training programmes in Europe and Brazil.
Jenny Stoker is a child and adult psychoanalyst. She has a private practice and is on the staff of the Anna Freud Centre. She is the author of You and your Toddler, one of a series of books aimed at helping parents to understand their child’s development.