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March Scientific Meeting 3/6/21

March 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

Saturday, March 6th        4pm–6pm


This meeting is virtual. ZOOM link will be emailed to all registrants the day before the meeting.

See below for important CME/CE certificate details.



What Was My Lousy Childhood Like?

The Original Base for Ethics in Psychoanalysis

Presenter: Jane Kite, PhD

Discussant: Jean Vogel, MD

Psychoanalysis as a discipline is based squarely on what is not known in each of us. I will argue in this paper that the basis for ethics in psychoanalysis must include in a first order way what remains unknown in the analyst, and the unforeseen ways in which our own unconscious conflicts and unrepresented traumatic experiences may hobble us, chronically or suddenly. Using examples from literature, I will also address the phenomenon of fundamental human helplessness in the face of the inevitable unconscious transgenerational transmission of trauma. I will argue that ethical fragility is the norm rather the exception in psychoanalysts as in all of us, and consequently that ethics can’t be “taught” in an a priori fashion in psychoanalytic institutes. I will attempt to deconstruct our tacit (abstract) assumption that psychoanalysis is a practice founded on ethics, proposing instead that the ethical (or unethical) must be discovered and in fact recreated in each analysis to be known, with a focus on the sequelae of early object relational trauma. Building on my 2016 paper, “The Fundamental Ethical Ambiguity of the Analyst as Person”, I will go on to suggest that it is most often early unregistered trauma in the life of the analyst that is discovered and recreated in boundary violations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the difficulty represented by the tacit assumption that psychoanalysis is a fundamentally ethical practice.
  2. Describe the relation of unexamined early trauma in the analyst to the likelihood of “boundary violations” in their work with patients.
  3. Assess whether ethics can be successfully “taught” in psychoanalytic institutes apart from individual experience in analysis.



CME/CE Details:

In order to receive CME or CE credits participants must attend the full program and complete an evaluation. A link to the evaluation will be sent via an email reminder within a few days of the program. If you are not a WNEPS member you will be assessed a fee of $10 upon completing the evaluation. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and WNEPS. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

A Certificate of Attendance for WNE Programs can be used to fulfill CE requirements for CT Psychologists



March 6, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Online via Zoom
CT United States
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