Disorders in Thinking with Robert Oelsner at CFS

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November 15, 2013
5:30-7:30pm – Presentation
7:30-9:00pm – Catered Dinner

Robert Oelsner, MD, of Seattle, well known authority on the work of Bion and Meltzer , will lead an informal discussion, inspired by Donald Meltzer’s clinical applications of Bion’s ideas on the theory of thinking. Participants are not expected to have read Bion or Meltzer in order to understand and participate in this discussion, in preparation for the Annual Scientific Conference the following day.

Clinicians observe a range of thought disorders starting with a proto-mental activity akin to what in groups are automatic behaviors lead by un-thought basic assumptions and, in the individual by (psycho)somatic reactions. According to Bion’s theory of the “‘container/ contained” the proto-emotions develop into meaningful thoughts assisted by an “other” mind (i.e. the mother’s for an infant), the failure of which impairs the ability to think and dream. Furthermore, a negative relation between the container and the contained may not only cause a developmental arrest, but lead to a state of nameless dread. Dr. Oelsner will track the various possibilities from mild to severe disruptions in thinking and speak about clinical treatment of these conditions.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this program participants will be able to:

1. Describe a framework for the recognition of thought disorders in which the mind can engage in a range of cognitive activities which block the mind’s growth.

2. Identify the mental processes which lead to differential diagnoses of learning difficulties and psychotic processes.

Continuing Education Credits:

Physicians: The Contemporary Freudian Society is authorized by Med Chi to grant CMEs for this program. Upon completion of this program and evaluation form participants will be granted certificates for 2 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA-approved CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire conference and completed evaluation forms. It is the responsibility of participants seeking APA-approved CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of the program and evaluation form participants will be granted certificates for 2 CE credits.

Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for Psychologists.

Who Should Attend:

This program is offered only to Members and Candidates of the Contemporary Freudian Society.

Important disclosure information: None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Pre-Registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Fee: There is a non-refundable fee of $65.00. This fee includes a catered dinner to be served at the conclusion of the Scientific Meeting which will begin promptly at 5:30pm.

Location: 6 Newlands Street, Chevy Chase, MD

For additional information, please contact Molly Jones-Quinn at 202-544-8181 or


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