Freud’s Oedipal complex has had the most profound and lasting impact on psychoanalytic thought. His conception of the Oedipal has gone through numerous transformations but has undeniably stood the test of time. This class will revisit Freud’s original theory. Understanding Freud’s Oedipal is important, not only to appreciate his contribution, but to provide a foundation for understanding all later theorists. In this class we will hear from Freud and others in an effort to understand, highlight, and challenge his basic conception. Through close reading of primary sources, clinical examples, and group discussion we will explore how Freud’s theory remains relevant within a contemporary context. By thinking together about these foundational concepts, we will further develop and deepen our own capacity for listening, understanding, and containing our patient’s essential communications.
- Participants will be able to identify the central tenets of Freud’s classic Oedipal theory.
- Participants will be able to identify central qualities of the phallic and genital stages, which are expressed and developed within the Oedipal conflict. They will also be able to begin to identify these primary developmental experiences in their clinical work with patients.
- Participants will be able to identify the factors contributing to the Oedipal resolution while also thinking critically about what factors contribute to an Oedipal resolution in a contemporary context.
This course is open to NCSPP Members, interns, and students of psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the beginning or intermediate level.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.
For program related questions contact Ankhesenamun Ball Marioni at 510-269-7607.
For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.