The Place From Which We Know: a Response to the “Ontological” Turn in Psychoanalysis - Hannah Wallerstein, PhD, FABP (Live)

May 16, 2025

2024-25 Friday Night Guest Lecture Series

Yasmin Roberts Memorial Lecture

This presentation will address the recent shift towards was has been termed an “ontological” approach to psychoanalysis (Ogden 2019), in which experiencing and becoming oneself more fully are seen as the goals of treatment, with the generation of knowledge taking a back seat.  Through a close reading of Bion and Winnicott it will argue against the dichotomization of knowing and being that is often implicit in this framework. Rather than privileging one over the other, it will propose that both Bion and Winnicott view knowing is inextricably bound up with being, given the object psychoanalysis is attempting to know and to reach. This has consequences for how we work, and helps protect against the idealization of experiencing and other trends than can arise within the “ontological” analysis literature. A case example will be used to illustrate.

Target Audience

______ Introductory                ______ Intermediate                ___x_ Advanced

Learning Objectives

  • Describe Bion’s concept of psychic transformation and Winnicott’s concept of “personalization.”
  • Apply Winnicott’s concept of “personalization” to a clinical experience.
  • Provide two critiques of trends within the “ontological” analysis literature.
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
    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
Course opens: 
06/27/2024
Course expires: 
05/16/2026
Event starts: 
05/16/2025 - 6:30pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/16/2025 - 8:00pm EDT
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Hannah Wallerstein, PhD, FABP, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Ann Arbor, MI. She serves as faculty at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, adjunct faculty at the Austen Riggs Center, clinical supervisor for the CCNY Doctoral program, and on the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly and The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. She has published on gender identity and transgender phenomena, psychosis and historical trauma, the function of hope in clinical work, and the collapse between biology and ontology in psychoanalytic thinking on the body. She received the 2016 Symonds Prize for best previously unpublished paper on gender and/or sexuality and has been recognized for her teaching at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.

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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