Tuesday, December 4, 2001, 8:00 PM

DIALOGUE ON ATTACHMENT AND SEPARATION-INDIVIDUATION IN PSYCHOANALYTIC DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY

chair: Karen Gilmore, M.D..

presenters:
Harold Blum, M.D. *
Susan Coates, Ph.D. *

Drs. Harold Blum and Susan Coates will exchange views about the role of attachment theory and separation-individuation in contemporary psychoanalytic thought. Despite the early rejection of Bowlby&Mac185;s work by the psychoanalytic establishment, attachment theory has flourished in the field of infancy research, where it has proved invaluable in the assessment and prediction of infant development, and has become increasingly incorporated into psychoanalytic clinical thinking. In contrast, Mahler&Mac185;s formulation of the process of separation-individuation has declined as a way to conceptualize early development. Nonetheless, many classical psychoanalysts find that separation-individuation remains a central concept in their thinking about patients of all ages, and question the value of attachment as a clinical concept. Drs. Coates and Blum will explore the areas of conceptual convergence and contradiction and their implications for clinical work.

A collation will be held at 7:00 PM