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From Transitional Space to the Analytic Third

posted Jun 29, 2021, 5:29 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Study Group
From Transitional Space to the Analytic Third
Facilitated by Margaret Jordan, PhD
1 Wednesday & 2 Tuesdays
September 8 - 14, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST

Live via Zoom
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
Active Members: $90
Friend Members: $105
Student Members: $45
Non-members: $120


Instructional Level: Intermediate

This is a study group for clinicians who want to learn more about the transitional area between fantasy and reality that is initially generated between infant and mother. In the course of normal development, the individual develops the capacity to generate their own potential space. In psychoanalytic practice, it is a co-created realm where the client’s unconscious meets the clinician’s unconscious. The notion of transitional space was originated by Donald Winnicott, elaborated by Thomas Ogden, and further elaborated by intersubjective-relational psychoanalysts. This study group will explore the developmental and clinical applications of these concepts. We will utilize readings, discussion, and case examples. Registration is limited to a relatively small number of participants in order to allow time for them to grapple with the ideas and explore their own case material with the group. The readings will be sent to the group participants.

  1. Define transitional object and its developmental function.
  2. Explain how play in the transitional space might deepen a psychoanalytic treatment.
  3. Describe how potential space contributes to normal and pathological development through the capacities for symbolization and subjectivity.
  4. Explain how projective identification can be viewed as a form of the analytic third.
  5. Explain what is meant by the third-in-the-one and the one-in-the-third.
  6. Explain how the concept of the third is useful in understanding and resolving clinical impasses.
Session 1, Sep. 7: Winnicott’s Play in the Transitional Space
Winnicott, D. W. (1953). Transitional objects and transitional phenomena—A study of the first not-me possession. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 34: 89-97.

Winnicott, D. W. (1968). Playing: Its theoretical status in the clinical situation. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 49: 591-599.

Session 2, Sep. 14: From Ogden’s Potential Space to the Analytic Third in Psychoanalytic Practice
Ogden, T. H. (1985). On potential space. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 66: 129-141.

Ogden, T. H. (2004). The analytic third: Implications for psychoanalytic theory and technique.  Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 73: 167-195.

Session 3, Sep. 21: Contemporary Relational-Intersubjective Perspectives
Benjamin, J. (2004). Beyond doer and done to: An intersubjective view of thirdness. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 73: 5-46.

Aron, L. (2006). Analytic impasse and the third: Clinical implications of intersubjectivity theory. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 87: 349-368.

The group will be facilitated by Margaret Jordan, PhD. She is a psychoanalytic psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas, working with individual adults and couples. She also is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a past President of Houston Psychoanalytic Society and has served in a number of other leadership roles for the Society.  
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Houston Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Houston Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.