Intimacy and Interiority: W.R.D. Fairbairn’s Theory and Practice | 2/3/2018


Class size will be limited.
Enrollment closes Thursday, February 1, 2018.
No refunds after class begins.

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Elizabeth E. Berlese, Ph.D.

February 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Course will be held in Instructors Office

22A West Micheltorena Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101

This Course is Approved for 4 CE/CME’s

Elizabeth E. Berlese, Ph.D.
Extension Program Chair


Probably the most independent of the British Independents, Fairbairn worked in relative geographic and intellectual isolation.  A free-thinker, he developed ideas revolutionary in his time but fundamental to psychoanalysis today.  The core of his work, a structural theory of the personality, was not only a first among Independents, it was the first clear departure from Freud’s structural model: from tripartite id, ego, and superego and indiscriminate tension-reduction to unitary ego and the need, innately present, for intimacy with another.  For Fairbairn, differentiation within the personality does not take place from inside-out–-id-driven demands requiring adaptive and governing structures, ego and superego—but from outside-in—the forced alteration of the original and “pristine” object-seeking ego through relational disappointment and its psychic consequences, repression and the ossification of failed self-object ties.  Fairbairn was radical: the self in relationship is the only meaningful consideration.  When the need for connection goes unmet, an aspect of the self retreats to a world of its own and is lost to intimacy.

This course will present Fairbairn’s novel take on personality development and its clinical implications, a strikingly useful and experience-near therapeutic approach the objective of which is to erode psychic monuments to relational failure along with their defensive strongholds and restore self to other, interiority to intimacy.


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate between Freud and Fairbairn’s structural models of the personality and its evolution.
  • Identify the development and dynamics of the endopsychic substructures of the split ego.
  • Utilize the endopsychic model of the personality in the clinical setting, in particular as it appears psychodynamically in the transference and countertransference.
  • Understand the Internal Saboteur and it relation to the repetition compulsion and the negative therapeutic reaction.
  • Describe the genesis and function of the Moral Defense.


Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical
edu cation for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS
maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: LAISPS is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to grant continuing education
credit to those holding LCSW and MFT licenses. (Provider #PCE311) This activity is designated for 4 credit hours.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance

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