Op-Ed that appeared in the Baltimore Sun about the importance on having mental health professionals on Biden's Covid-19 task force.
You are invited to a new training course at the Object Relations Institute that starts in a week:
PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY: AN IN-DEPTH UNDERSTANDING
OF FAMOUS AND ORDINARY PEOPLE
Course Instructor: Paul H. Elovitz, PhD
Date:February 6, 20; March 13; & April 3 (Sundays, 10am-1pm EST)
Location: Virtual Live
Continuing Education: 14.5 CEs
This unique training course at ORI will focus on psychobiography, a field that combines research in psychohistory, psychology, psychoanalysis in service of an in-depth understanding of famous and ordinary people.
Psychobiography probes the conscious and unconscious inner life of the individual. Childhood, conflict, coping / defense mechanisms, creativity, interpersonal relations, parental messaging, personality development, trauma, inner conflicts, and unconscious motivations are central areas of concern. Just as the psychoanalyst examines the day residue of the patient or client, the psychobiographer starts with primary sources on the subject while listening for signs of the unconscious revealing early cathexis and trauma. Neither lead with theory but instead keep the possibilities in mind made conceivable by a vast clinical and psychohistorical literature. The emotion and life patterns of the subject are what draw the most probing questions.
With living people, the possibilities that are raised can be reinforced or rejected more readily than with historical personages. Empathetic listening to the evidence and the mechanisms of defense are invaluable instruments in deepening our knowledge of lives. Dreams, the parapraxis, and countertransference are crucial tools of the psychobiographer who must be a diligent researcher. This course will also help clinicians and researchers to understand intergenerational elements impacting their patients and research subjects. There will be an emphasis on psychoanalytic and research methodology.
The course will be taught with a focus on case studies of a variety of influential individuals. Writing a psychobiography is optional but encouraged. All reading materials will be emailed to all registered participants.