Coming Together and Falling Apart through Winnicott’s Z Dimension and Bion’s Alpha Function: Personal, Clinical, and Cultural Refractions by Louis Rothschild, Ph.D.

1.5 CE Credits

An introduction to the respective ideas of a Z dimension and alpha function through Michael Eigen’s conception of a breakdown and recovery rhythm. A variety of clinical and pop-cultural vignettes will serve to illustrate these ideas and to focus on some technical considerations regarding relational failures and traumatic history.

1. Describe Winnicott’s conception of a Z dimension as an index of trauma.
2. Explain Bion’s conception of alpha function and how it may be damaged.
3. Compare Bion’s and Winnicott’s thinking through Eigen’s conception of breakdown and recovery.

Louis Rothschild, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, maintains a practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and supervision. Having published several articles, book chapters, and book reviews, he presently focuses his writing on traumatic ruptures and repairs in father/son dyads. He served on the RIAPP board from 2001-2009.



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Date(s) - February 1, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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