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What is Culture? A Clinical Psychoanalytic Understanding by Peter Fonagy and Elizabeth Allison, DPhil and presented by Peter Fonagy, PhD

posted Jan 3, 2019, 1:42 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society   [ updated Jan 3, 2019, 1:53 PM ]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 PM

7:00 Networking | 7:30 Presentation (1.5 CEUs)

The Lovett Center
900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

Non-member Registration Fee: $20

CEU Fees
Active Members and Student Members: Free
Friend Members and Non-members: $20

This presentation is the sequel to our previous paper on the nature of consciousness (IJP, 2016) presented to the Houston Psychoanalytic Society six years ago. In this paper, we explore the interpersonal origins of human culture, arguing that culture emerges as a necessary consequence of our helplessness in infancy, which in turn requires a greater degree of collaboration and social organization than is necessary for other mammals.


  1. Be able to link classical psychoanalytic constructs concerning development to current social anthropological        understanding of the emergence of human culture
  2. Appreciate the connection between change as part of the psychoanalytic process and the development of epistemic trust in the analytic relationship
  3. Discern how early adversity in the context of a caregiving relationship can undermine the potential for “Learning from Experience” 

Peter Fonagy, OBE FMedSci FAcSS FBA PhD DipPsy is Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science and Director of the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences at University College London. He is Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London, and holds visiting professorships at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools. He is Consultant to the Child and Family and Adult Programs at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, National Clinical Advisor on Child and Adolescent Mental Health to the UK Department of Health, and a Senior Investigator for the National Institute of Health Research. He has published 525 scientific papers and 275 chapters and has authored or co-authored 19 books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the British Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Association for Psychological Science, and was elected to Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Psychiatrists. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from several national and international professional associations including the British Psychological Society, the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorder, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the World Association for Infant Mental Health, the Sigourney Award Trust, and in 2015 was the first UK recipient of the prestigious Wiley Prize of the British Academy for Outstanding Achievements in Psychology by an international scholar. 

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 and The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.