Study Group: Sibling Influences on Psychological Development, Transference, Countertransference

  • 22 Jan 2014
  • 7:30 PM
  • 19 Mar 2014
  • 9:00 PM
  • 1605-B West Ave, Austin, TX


Study Group: Sibling Influences on Psychological Development, Transference, Countertransference


Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, 2014
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.


This is an intermediate to advanced-level salon for clinicians and graduate students in mental health. Historically, psychoanalysis has emphasized the role of parental influences on the psyche, while neglecting the role of sibling influences and transferences. This salon will examine sibling influences, positive and negative; the ways that inner sibling representations can arise in treatment; and ways of dealing with these from several psychoanalytic orientations. Goals are (1) define oedipal sibling triangles, (2) identify a possible reason why they may be more influential in development than oedipal parental experience, (3) identify one parental dynamic and one sibling role in the intergenerational transmission of trauma, (4) describe two ways that the therapist or analyst serves as a developmental object to deal with repressed sibling rivalries,  (5) identify two positive influences that siblings may have in psychological development, (6) state a possible reason why it is important to recognize a sibling transference in treatment, and (7) describe two ways of dealing with a sibling transference. 

CME/CE credits: 1.5 per session


Facilitator: Naomi Freireich, LCSW is a former president of ASPP who has a private practice in Austin. She completed her training in adult psychoanalysis at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York. She presented at national and local psychoanalytic conferences on topics such as termination.

Location: Naomi Freireich’s office
1605-B West Ave. in downtown Austin
Tele.: (512) 306-0180


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