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COURSE TEN – Siblings

COURSE TEN – Siblings

Online Course

Course Coordinator: Cecilia Taiana, PhD, RP, FIPA

Course Leaders: Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick Hanly, PhD, FIPA and Gabriela Legorreta, PhD

Wednesday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2025. (4 sessions)

Fees: $280

Deadline for registration is February 26, 2025.
Preregistration is required.
** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

This course will address several topics associated with siblings from a psychoanalytic perspective. Starting with the presence of siblings in Myths, we will move to explore a brief history of the importance of siblings in Freud’s thinking and in psychoanalytic theory. We will also consider the emergence of interest in the topic of siblings more generally.

The presentations will study the way in which sibling relations are structured, that is through a horizontal dimension vs vertical dimension. The course will explore the importance of sibling relationships in psychic development and in clinical work. We will define the notion of sibling complex and explore the specific anxieties and fantasies associated with it.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of sibling relationships from a psychoanalytic perspective.
  2. Distinguish relationships structured around a “horizontal axis” (siblings, friends, peers) from relationships structured around the “vertical axis” (different generations: parent-children).
  3. Identify the different functions of the sibling complex.
  4. Identify specific challenges in psychotherapeutic work associated with the manifestation of the sibling complex.
Cecilia Taiana PhD, RP, FIPA

Cecilia Taiana is a psychologist psychoanalyst in practice in Ottawa. She has authored papers on a number of topics, including Trauma, and is a former winner of both the Miguel Prados and the Douglas Levin Prizes awarded for papers written by members of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society.

Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick Hanly PhD, FIPA

Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick Hanly is a Training and Supervising analyst of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis; Representative, Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association; Executive Board, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly; Past-Chair, IPA Clinical Observation Committee.

Gabriela Legoretta, PhD

Gabriela Legoretta is a Training and supervising analyst of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis. Director of the Montreal Psychoanalytic Institute. President elect of the CPS. Consultant and past president of the IPA Publications Committee.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2024/2025 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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