Colloquium 20

"When the Third is Dead"

Title/Paper: “When the Third is Dead: Memory, Mourning and Witnessing in the Aftermath of the Holocaust" International Journal of Psychoanalysis, December 2009, V. 90, #6, pp.1341-1357
Author: Samuel Gerson
Dates: Monday, May 7 - Sunday, May 20 , 2012

Galit Atlas-Koch and Steven Kuchuck


Lew Aron, Juan Francisco Jordan-Moore, Adrienne Harris, Susi Federici, Leanh Nguyen, Andrew Samuels, Daniel Shaw, Chana Ullman

This colloquium will be based on Samuel Gerson‘s IPA-award winning paper. The origins of psychoanalysis, Gerson reminds us, center on engagement with the unbearable – wish, affect, or experience. In the colloquium, we will focus on psychological processes and dynamics faced by survivors of trauma, the inter-generational transmission of trauma and the impact of this work on clinicians. We will look at Freud’s theoretical formulations concerning memory and mourning, revisit Andre Green’s concept of the dead mother and introduce more recent work on the concepts of the third and thirdness. We will also be examining the various meanings and manifestations of bearing witness and the central role this plays in most psychoanalytic treatments.

General Information regarding CE Credits:

For psychologists: The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy (IARPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IARPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is valid for 3 CE Credits.

For social workers: This program is valid for 3 CE Credits (approval number pending).