The Power Of Love And The Love For Power | 4/21/2018


Class size is limited. Registration closes on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

SKU: 18-0421/VonRaffay Category:


Valérie Rubinstein von Raffay, Ph.D.

April 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Course will be held in the LAISPS classroom
12011 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA  90049

This Course is Approved for 2 CE/CME’s

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


This course will provide an experience of what literature can contribute to psychoanalysis.  Literature describes fascinating case studies that uniquely bring to life the complexity of human beings and interpersonal relationships.

Baláz’s libretto Bluebeard’s Castle, an opera by Bartok, is a drama about the illusion of redemption of an evil man’s soul through the power of love by a woman. The story will be used to illustrate how some women hold an omnipotent fantasy that they can redeem the psyche of a sadistic man and liberate him from his isolation and hatred with their love. Driven by their omnipotence and fear of abandonment, such women remain trapped in sadomasochistic relationships with destructive, possessive men with the illusionary hope that someday their love will be returned.


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Explore the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature
  • Identify the motives of women who remain trapped in sadomasochistic relationships with destructive, possessive men.
  • Describe the dynamics of men who can be characterized as having a love for power.
  • Give a clinical example of a female patient who holds an illusionary hope that she can redeem the soul of an evil man and that someday her love will be returned.  


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 2 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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