Bion has made significant contributions to the field of psychoanalysis in his unique understanding of the human mind and the “psychology of intuition.” He has also provided us with revelations about understanding the unconscious, the phenomenology of dreams, the psychoanalytic process, transference and counter-transference, and the modality of listening to the patient’s discourse. His other major contribution has been in group phenomena. His concepts and terminology have infiltrated many areas of psychoanalytic thinking and clinical practice.
Dr. Lopez-Corvo is an authority on Bion. He has given many lectures on this subject, run courses, and published. Among his publications is The Dictionary of the Work of W.R. Bion. Because of the high level of interest in his course last year, the present course is built on the same themes with further elaborations and modifications.
1. Learn about Bion’s theory on groups, the difference between “work group” and the three “Basic Assumptions”: dependent, pairing, and fight/flight.
2. Learn about Bion’s theory on thinking, alpha function, beta and alpha elements, the Grid, ”O,” the world of sigma, reverie, and other key concepts.
3. Learn how to apply some of Bion’s concepts to clinical work.
September 27, Introduction to The Dictionary of the Work of W.R. Bion (R. Lopez-Corvo, 2005, Karnac)
October 4, “Leaderless groups”: work group, group culture, basic assumptions, group mentality, group leader, messianic idea, valence (W. Bion, Experiences in Groups, 1984, Tavistock)
October 11, Bion in a nutshell (summary distributed), (2) preface by J. Grotstein (W. Bion, Second Thoughts, 1967, Aronson)
October 18, (1) Pre-conception, (2) beta elements, (3) screen of beta elements, (4) alpha function, (5) alpha elements, (6) contact barrier, (7) container–contained (R. Lopez-Corvo, The Dictionary of the Work of Wilfred Bion, 2005, Karnac)
October 25, Clinical application of Bion’s concepts; pre-conceptual traumas
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