October 11th and 18th 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


2.0 CEs

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Abstract: Deeper connection in the clinical setting can be enhanced by hearing and responding to what is not being said. Body language, syntax and silence “speak,” to the analyst. Fantasies that compensate for unspoken, underlying concerns or drives might also be an indirect communication. Fantasies can range from healthy, imaginative strivings to dissociative, semi-delusional flights. Salon participants will discuss the paper/podcast Call of the Wild: Clinical considerations about disassociation into fantasy by psychoanalyst Dr Laura Colombi. Colombi purports that flight into fantasy can be a defense against loss of hope in object relations. Though fashioned as a protective device, this flight can prevent the formation of healthy identities and positive relations. Immersion in omnipotent dreams and splendid isolation, though pleasurable, can perpetuate avoidance, psychopathology and pain. Discussion themes will include fantasy versus underlying fear, fragile identities, loss of hope in object relations and clinical strategies for fostering deeper connections.

Bio: Carrie Barron, MD is Director of the Creativity for Resilience and Associate Professor of Medical Education at Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas and a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst. After majoring in English at Princeton University, she received her medical degrees at Tulane and served on the faculty of Columbia for 20 years. In addition to her book The Creativity Cure, Carrie has published in several peer-reviewed journals. She conducts workshops on Human Flourishing, Moral Injury, Character in Medicine, Creativity and Psychological Safety and has participated in many podcasts, radio shows, magazines and newspapers nationally and internationally. Carrie’s blog on Psychology Today has had over four million readers.

Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will explore the distinctions between  healthy, imaginative strivings and dissociative, semi-delusional flights.

2) Participants will discuss the role of omnipotent fantasy, splendid isolation and loss of hope in object relations in those with narcissistic struggles.


Laura Colombi and Call of the Wild

Otto Kernberg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlopY4DfFV4

Eve Caligor and Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Diagnostic and Clinical Challenges

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.  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 1.5 continuing 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 info@austinpsychoanalytic.org. 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.



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