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Mourning and Mortality in Literature and Psychoanalysis

Instructor: Giovanni Minonne, Ph.D., Director of Seminar Series, Faculty at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Five Tuesdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 2016
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $200
7.5 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
400 Maynard Street, Suite 1005
Ann Arbor

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:

This seminar aims to increase our ability to tolerate the wounds of loss and an awareness of our own mortality. The course will help clinicians better understand and help patients who struggle with mourning and with anxiety about their own death. We will read the Epic of Gilgamesh (as the first known literary example of the human struggle to come to terms with mortality) and Sophocles’ Antigone. We will read these two fundamental texts with psychoanalytic sensibility, paying particular attention to the different ways of coming to terms with mortality through the “masculine” archetype of the hero and the “feminine” archetype of the compassionate sister/mother. We will then compare these texts with certain important works of Freud (“On Transience”, “Thoughts for the Times on War and Death”, “Mourning and Melancholia”). We will connect our discussion of these texts with our personal and clinical experiences with mourning and mortality. Finally, we will read and discuss: “After the Storm: Living and Dying in Psychoanalysis”, a paper by Alfred Margulies about a patient diagnosed with terminal cancer who continued to work in analysis until he died.

By the end of the course participants will:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental importance of loss and awareness of mortality in the therapeutic encounter.

2. Have the capacity to apply knowledge of fundamental human resources to cope with loss and mortality in order to enhance human connection and facilitate therapeutic change and acceptance of mortality.

About the Presenter: Giovanni Minonne is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Raised in Italy, he studied philosophy at the University of Florence, psychology at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, and phenomenological humanistic psychotherapy at the ASPIC program in Rome. After he moved to the United States, he obtained a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Michigan and completed his training in adult psychoanalysis at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He has published four books on issues related to the interpretation of meaning in psychotherapy, evidence-based psychotherapy, and comparative approaches to psychotherapy. He is currently a faculty at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Director of the Seminar Series Program. His areas of interests are mourning and mortality and socio-cultural issues in psychoanalysis.


Please contact Monica Simmons at 248-851-3380 for more information or to register.

Please make check payable to MPI and mail to: Monica Simmons, 32841 Middlebelt Road, Suite 411, Farmington Hills, MI 48334


PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. 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 7.5 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.
PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
SOCIAL WORKERS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.