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October Scientific Meeting

October 24, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

Saturday, October 24th         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’s Loss Got to do With It?  A Meditation on Freud and Mourning

Presenter: Madelon Sprengnether, PhD

Discussant: Sybil Houlding, LCSW

The modernist Freud of the early twentieth century has ceded to the postmodern Freud of the twenty-first. My book Mourning Freud (Bloomsbury Academic 2018) examines this phenomenon from several perspectives (including feminism, cultural studies, and postmodernism), with a special emphasis on the subject of mourning. For this presentation, I will focus on Freud’s occasions for mourning, his theories thereof, and post-Freudian conceptions of mourning, trauma, and haunting. I will discuss in particular the losses of Freud’s early life in relation to those of his later years and the impact of the preoedipal turn in psychoanalytic theory on mourning in individual and cultural contexts. I hope to demonstrate, in this way, both the continuities and discontinuities between Freud’s thinking and ours.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop a critical understanding of the relationship between Freud’s experiences of loss and his theories of mourning.
  • Participants will be able to trace the evolution of mourning theory from Freud’s groundbreaking “Mourning and Melancholia” through the work of Karl Abraham, Melanie Klein, and other contemporary theorists, including Hans Loewald.
  • Participants will be able to assess the importance of the preoedipal turn in post-Freudian mourning theory in their own theoretical orientations and clinical practices.


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 presented at the close of the program and also sent via an email reminder within a few days. 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 is being reviewed 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




October 24, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Online via Zoom
CT United States
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