Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learns

Come learn how psychoanalytic concepts relate to your work with children & families!

 We cordially invite you to a series of Lunch & Learns to introduce psychoanalytic concepts to community practitioners, researchers, social workers and those in all helping professions. “Psychoanalysis” goes far beyond Freud, and has been a valuable and important part of social work since the beginning!  Join our discussions this year to learn something new and meet others with similar interests – all while enjoying a free light lunch! 

 Sign up early; there is 40 person limit for each session! All sessions will be at UT Lake Austin Center (3001 Lake Austin Blvd 78703) Hogg Conference Room – 4th Floor and you can sign up for the sessions below. Registration will open a month in advance for future sessions. A light lunch and free CEUs will be provided at each meeting! 

Topics and Dates:

Ghosts in the Nursery

Tuesday, March 28th from 11:30-1pm; 1.5 CEUs

“In every nursery, there are ghosts.  They are the visitors from the unremembered past of the parents, the uninvited guests at the christening.” This session will discuss the seminal paper by social worker, Selma Fraiberg, who applied a psychoanalytic approach to impaired mother-infant relationships.

Thanks for attending “Ghosts in the Nursery”

From Childhood to Adult Attachment

Tuesday, June 20 from 11:30-1pm; 1.5 CEUs

This session will explore the basics of attachment through a psychoanalytic lens.  We will focus on the impact of child attachment on adult attachment, including how it influences adult romantic relationships.

Thanks for attending “From Childhood to Adult Attachment.”

Mentalization and Reflective Parenting

Tuesday, September 19 from 11:30-1pm; 1.5 CEUs

Mentalization develops within the context of a secure attachment relationship and is the skill of being able to see yourself from the outside and others from the inside.  This session will examine this ability in more detail, including how it relates to healthy parenting and positive child outcomes.

Thanks for attending  “Mentalization and Reflective Parenting”

Defense Mechanisms Explained

Wednesday, December 6th from 11:30-1pm; 1.5 CEUs

We’ve all heard of “denial”…and it’s definitely not a river in Egypt!  In this session, we will dive deeply into these dark waters, hopefully shining a light on how a number of common defenses both protect and harm their owners.

Register here for “Defense Mechanisms Explained” 

Arrive by 11:30, sign in, grab lunch and get settled. The discussion will start promptly at Noon.

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Lunch & Learns are sponsored by the Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Research Collaboration, which has funded the study of the Family Minds intervention for foster parents.  To read more about this study and intervention visit our project page