Are you my Mother?: A Psychoanalytic Search for the Maternal

How do we, as adults, hold in mind the images we have of our mothers: real, desired, and imagined?  In her award-winning graphic memoir, Are You My Mother, Alison Bechdel interweaves her psychoanalysis, her interest in the work of the British analyst, D.W. Winnicott, and her past and present relationship with her mother to create a comic drama.  Using Bechdel’s work as an illustrative focus, this panel will discuss psychoanalytic and psychodynamic perspectives on the search for the maternal in treatment and in everyday life.  Panelists will use Bechdel’s work to show how the maternal transference can surface and be used in therapy, to suggest how Winnicott’s work can be integrated in dyadic parent-child therapy, and to explore how individuals develop representations of their mothers, fathers, and mothers in relationship to fathers.

As case material will be presented, this panel is intended for clinicians only.  Familiarity with Bechdel’s book is not necessary.

Discussion chaired by Elizabeth Weinberg, M.D.

Panelists – Claudia M. Gold, M.D., James M. Herzog, M.D. and Lyn Yonack, MSW

The Austen Riggs Center
Large Conference Room
25 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Saturday, May 9, 2015
9:30 AM EDT -to- 12:00 PM

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