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Summer in the City: Imagination

In The Use of the Object, Winnicott describes the transition between the infant’s creation of the breast and the infant’s discovery of the breast. This presentation focuses on the space in between creation and discovery in the therapeutic endeavor.

We call this transitional space imagination where therapist and patient engage in a vital and dynamic interplay, an unloosening of the knot that constrains them both, resulting in a renewed enrichment of both self and object. Using the theories of Winnicott, Stern, Eigen, and Pruyer as well as case examples, this presentation explores activity within the relational paradigm that transforms patient and therapist as they move back and forth between creation and discovery to a place of hope, of possibility and generativity.


Paula Ammerman, Ph.D maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Hyde Park, where she works with individuals and couples. Additionally, she has taught social work at Loyola University of Chicago and The University of Chicago, and she is currently a faculty member at ICSW. She is also an active member of the Children’s Psychotherapy Project: A Home Within, which provides long-term pro bono services to children in the foster care system. Dr. Ammerman’s research topic at ICSW focused on the functions of countertransference in working with clients who have character disorders. Her work in this area is ongoing, and she speaks regularly about this subject, including a presentation titled “Hate as an Enactment in the Relational Paradigm.”

Andrea Barbour, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in dissociative disorders and psychosis in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andrea is a third year Ph.D. student at The Institute for Clinical Social Work.

When & Where

Friday, August 18, 2017
9:00 – 12:00 pm

At ICSW: Downtown Chicago
401 S. State St.
Suite 822
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $45.00

Three Continuing Education Credits Available for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.


For questions or more information contact LaTrina Gamer or (312) 935-4245.

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