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Essential Objects and Emotional Transformation in the Life and Work of Emily Carr (1871-1946): Implications for Clinical Practice and Understanding Resiliency and Recovery

Kathryn Zerbe, M.D. [Visiting Professor]

Saturday, March 22, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need: Recognition of ‘Essential Others’ in the life history of the individual and use of the psychoanalyst / therapist as a transformational object to his/her patients and supervisees can lead to symptom remission and increased productivity. Dr. Zerbe’s presentation focuses on the creative transformation and remission of depression in Canadian artist Emily Carr. After an initial period of productivity, Carr’s creative capacities became stymied due to unrelenting depression until late middle age when 3 individuals took an interest in Carr’s talents as a writer and painter. Using the life and work of Canadian Icon Emily Carr, Dr. Zerbe will illustrate the clinical relevance of the individual’s identification with ‘Essential Others’ as part of their resilience, increased creativity, and ultimate recovery.

After attending this presentation, participants should be able to:
1) Recognize and identify current and past ‘essential others’.
2) Explain the concept of ‘essential other’ and compare it to other similar psychoanalytic concepts. 3
) Demonstrate 3 key aspects of how an ‘essential other’ may contribute to recovery and personal transformation.
4) Describe how recovery is facilitated through the recognition of earlier underappreciated, unacknowledged significant relationships as they appear in the transference.

About the presenter: Dr. Zerbe's career began at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka Kansas. After moving to Oregon 23 years later she created the Department of Women’s Mental Health while also serving as Professor and Vice Chairperson for Psychotherapy at Oregon Health and Science University. Currently, Dr. Zerbe serves as Assistant Director of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute and enjoys a full time clinical practice seeing patients and supervising analytic candidates, residents, and psychology students. In recognition of her innovative contributions to women’s health and the understanding and treatment of eating disorders, Dr. Zerbe was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the National Eating Disorders Association and the Alexandra Symonds Award by the American Psychiatric Association. In addition to her clinical work, research, and teaching, Dr. Zerbe is the author of over 100 clinical papers, book chapters, and reviews and 4 books, including the The Body Betrayed: Women, Eating Disorders, and Treatment (1993) and Integrated Treatment of Eating Disorders: Beyond the Body Betrayed (2008).