Co-Sponsored by Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

January 29, 2022

11:00 AM – 2:15 PM Central Time

Zoom Platform – Register Here

3.0 CE/CME

Half day clinical/developmental conference

This presentation offers a survey of the range of psychoanalytic developmental ways of approaching the question of how people come to feel themselves to different from others. At times, this can lead to feeling at home with others, but often there is also a sense that others are dangerous, inferior, to be feared, scorned, avoided. While there are many ways to approach this vast area, we will focus on aspects of how these matters are shaped in infancy and childhood. A range of psychoanalytic theories will be noted, including those from developmental ego psychology, infant development research, Winnicottian theory, Kleinian and Bionian ideas, and the work of Margaret Mahler. We will also touch on psychosocial resonances, including cultural “pathologies” that rigidify “othering” in malignant ways, such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and others. Relations between self and other and related dimensions such as subject/object, mind/body, and internal/external will be considered.

Bio: Stephen Seligman is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis; Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; and Editor Emeritus of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. His book, Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, Attachment, integrates psychoanalysis with infant mental health and infant development research, and has now been translated in Italian and Spanish, and co-edited of the American Psychiatric Press’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice. He is also associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and was a member of the founding executive board of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. He has authored nearly 100 papers, chapters, reviews, and other publications. He worked for over 3 decades in the development and dissemination of the original “Fraiberg model” of infant-psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives:

After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:

1) Describe some of the core psychoanalytic theories of self/other development

2) Use the concept of “othering” to enhance psychotherapeutic interventions.

3) Enhance case formulation with a developmental understanding of internal representations of self-with-others.


Seligman, S. (2018). Relationships in development: Infancy, intersubjectivity, and attachment. London and New York: Routledge.

Stern, D.N. (1985). The interpersonal world of the infant. New York: Basic Books.

Beebe, B. and Lachmann, F.M. (1988). The contribution of mother-infant mutual influence to the origins of self- and object-representations. Psychoanalytic Psychology. 5:305-337.

Continuing Education: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and Austin Psychoanalytic. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.