Bion’s Theory of Thinking as Trauma Theory

Dawn Farber, PsyD, LMFT

Mondays, February 25, March, 4, & 11, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Registration starts at 6:30 pm.

Bion’s Theory of Thinking as Trauma Theory

"On August 8th,1918 I died on the road to Ypres." - Bion

What is the source of Bion’s inspiration for the interlocking network of concepts introduced in his theory of thinking? His concepts derive from a lifelong struggle to metabolize his traumatic experiences, both developmental, in his emotionally-deficient British family; and gross, as a tank commander in WW1. As Nietzsche described, all theory is autobiography. His journey from raw, visceral experience to complex theory is remarkable.
Dawn Farber Through studying excerpts from his autobiographical writings, and papers by contemporary psychoanalysts, we will unpack the referents of his intentionally “empty” concepts: beta elements, alpha elements, alpha function, and the specific meanings of containment of emotional experience, reverie, and intuition.

This class will meet over the course of three Mondays for two hours each day.  

Dr. Dawn Farber, Psy.D., LMFT, has been a personal and supervising analyst and core faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) and Chair of Outreach from 2001-2015. She has a private practice in Oakland, offering both psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic individual and couple's psychotherapy. She also offers individual and small group (2-3 people) consultations. Dr. Farber enjoys writing psychoanalytically-informed essays, book & movie reviews, poetry, and has recently been published in edited volumes by Karnac Books on clinical work inspired by Bion and by Donald Meltzer’s Aesthetic Conflict.

Date & Time: Mondays, February 25, March, 4, & 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Registration starts at 6:30 pm.

Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (get map and directions)

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 2/11/19 after 2/11/19
TPI Members $140 $160
Nonmembers $160 $180
Prelicensed Students/Interns $120 $140

CE: 6 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies). Fulfills the BBS supervision class requirement.