Covid, Guns, War and the Normal Losses of Everyday Life:
Looking at Bereavement in Childhood Through the Psychoanalytic Lens
Presenter: Dr. Corinne Masur
Saturday, March 25, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST
An online virtual presentation via Zoom videoconference.
ABOUT THIS PRESENTATION
“Death Will no longer be denied; we are forced to believe it; People really die; and no longer one by one, but many, often tens of thousands in a single day. And death is no longer a chance event”.
Freud wrote these words during the First World War, yet they might as well have been written today. During the Covid-19 pandemic the population of the entire world has either been sick, dying or grieving. And meanwhile, in many parts of the world, war and other kinds of epidemics including that of gun violence have also run rampant. So, we are particularly aware of loss and grief at this moment in time as well as of the need to assess not only how they are affecting each of us but also how they are affecting and shaping the children we treat.
In this talk we will think together about the psychoanalytic theories of loss, the question of whether children can grieve and the effect of various kinds of loss on children at each age and stage of development.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Corinne Masur is a clinical psychologist, a child and adult Supervising Analyst and an adult Personal Analyst who has worked with children for over forty years. She is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP) and the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP). She is a founder of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCPE), The Philadelphia Declaration of Play and a small parent-child center in Philadelphia. She treats parents, infants, children, adolescents and adults as well as teaching and supervising. She has edited two books, Flirting With Death: Psychoanalysts Consider Mortality and Finding the Piggle: Reconsidering D. W. Winnicott’s Most Famous Child Case, for which she won the Gravida Award for the best edited book in Psychoanalysis, 2021. She has also written When a Child Grieves: Psychoanalytic Understanding and Technique and is working on a fourth book on the same subject for the general public. Dr. Masur is a four time recipient of the Best Teacher Award at PCOP.
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