Developing a Stable Internal Home: Implications for Analytic Technique, Adult Development, and Geographic Relocations - Aisha Abbasi, MD (Live)

September 13, 2024

2024-25 Friday Night Guest Lecture Series

Homesickness is a commonly used term, and a feeling that has been studied with interest, in psychoanalysis. The connection and distinction between homesickness and nostalgia has been noted in many analytic papers. Normal and pathological forms of both have been described. In this paper, Dr. Abbasi discusses the theoretical framework that informs our current understanding of homesickness. She outlines developmental factors that affect the evolution, emergence, and at times, the persistence of this feeling. Using clinical vignettes from her work, she demonstrates how and why the sense of homesickness emerges in therapeutic work at the time when it does, and the challenges and opportunities it presents, both for the patient and the analyst. Dr. Abbasi also shares with us her evolving understanding of her own feelings of homesickness, following two major immigrations in her life: one, when she moved from Pakistan to the USA in 1987; and the other, when she moved from Michigan to Portland, Oregon, in 2023. She delineates the intrapsychic work involved in such a process, and postulates that such work gives rise to the development of a new and more stable internal home within one’s mind. She elaborates on the implications of this idea for analytic technique, especially as patients consider ending their work with the analyst. She also sees this as an important aspect of adult maturation and growth, one that is profoundly helpful during relocations, both local and distant, that many adults go through. Building upon Mahler’s description of the first separation-individuation phase of toddlerhood, Blos’ understanding of adolescence as a second individuation, and Akhtar’s insights about immigration as a third individuation, Dr. Abbasi suggests that the development of a stable internal home in one’s mind, during mid to late adult life, is akin to a fourth individuation process within the self.

Target Audience

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Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to demonstrate a psychological understanding of the concept of homesickness and utilize it in therapeutic work.
  • Attendees will be able to identify different forms of nostalgia patients present with and be prepared to analyze such nostalgia for the benefit of the patient.
  • Attendees will be able to discuss the concept of developing a stable internal home in one’s mind, and its significance for therapeutic technique and adult development.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

    Accreditation Statement - Austen Riggs Center,Inc. is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Designation Statement - Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 1.50 APA

    The Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this Webinar live for 1.50 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology. The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

    Austen Riggs Center, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0115.

  • 1.50 ASWB-ACE
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  • 1.50 Contact Hours/ Participation
Course opens: 
06/26/2024
Course expires: 
09/12/2025
Event starts: 
09/13/2024 - 6:30pm EDT
Event ends: 
09/13/2024 - 8:00pm EDT
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Aisha Abbasi, MD, is a training and supervising analyst (and a past president) at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute (MPI), and a supervising analyst at the Florida Psychoanalytic Center. She’s also a member of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center and the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society.

Dr. Abbasi graduated medical school in Pakistan, completed her psychiatry residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, and studied psychoanalysis at the MPI. She is the author of the book The Rupture of Serenity: External Intrusions and Psychoanalytic Technique (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor of the book Privacy: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms (Routledge, 2019). She is also the author of a number of book chapters. She is a published poet in her mother tongue, Urdu. Her analytic papers generally focus on the moment by moment, day to day interactions, surprises, and challenges that occur in psychoanalytic treatment. She's a sought-after presenter, teacher, and supervisor. In 2019, she received the Master Teacher Award from the Candidates' Council of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Abbasi is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly, the president of the Group for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Process (GSPP), and co-facilitator of the Group for Analysts of South Asian Origin (ASAO).

Currently, she lives and works in/from Portland, OR, and goes to Michigan a few times a year to see patients in person there as well. She's licensed to practice in OR, CA, WA, MI, and FL.

Austen Riggs Center Inc. adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. All those at Austen Riggs Center involved in the planning of this activity, including the presenter(s) listed above, report they have no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company*.

The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Austen Riggs Center.

 

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Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

    Accreditation Statement - Austen Riggs Center,Inc. is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Designation Statement - Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 1.50 APA

    The Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this Webinar live for 1.50 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology. The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

    Austen Riggs Center, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0115.

  • 1.50 ASWB-ACE
    The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this Webinar live. ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2023-2/2/2026. Social workers completing this Webinar live will receive 1.50 continuing education credit(s). For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit States and provinces that accept ACE | Association of Social Work Boards.
  • 1.50 Contact Hours/ Participation
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