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Revisiting our Consensus on Sexual Boundary Violations: A Clinical, Historical and Metapsychological Analysis of the “Primal Crime”

  • Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute 32841 Middlebelt Road Farmington Hills, MI, 48334 United States (map)

Course Description:

In the final decades of the 20th century, the pioneering work of Glen Gabbard and others led to a near unanimous consensus about “sexual boundary violations” (SBV): what they are and why they are so profoundly injurious to the psychoanalytic community, especially analytic patients and their families. In addition to the sexual misconduct of the individual analyst, we must direct our attention to the role of narcissism (both “normal” and “pathological”), not only in the individual analyst, but also as a collective “force” or “drive” that predominates in the life of human groups and therefore also in our professional history. There is an element of trans-generational trauma involved, and we need to be able to recognize this among ourselves and to talk about it at a much deeper level than we normally do—no easy task! This paper will explore these issues in clinical, theoretical and historical terms, and will include discussion of material from analysts and patients who have had experience of what it means to “cross the line.”



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CE Value (credits): 2
CE Type: Standard

Sponsor Name:
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Contact Information:
Monica Evans

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