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Nell--A Bridge to the Amputated Self: The Impact of Immigration on Continuities and Discontinuities of Self. (Hazel Ipp, Ph.D. Toronto)

  • 21 Jan 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual. Zoom Link provided with registration confirmation. Register online


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The analysis of an immigrant from the same politically complex country as the analyst offers an opportunity for deep personal reckoning, achieved through the inevitable collision of subjectivities and the many painful moments stirred by the past hurtling its way unbidden into the present. As analyst and patient struggled together, previously sequestered parts of their selves were offered life anew. As the dialectic between doubt and certainty played out between and within each member of the dyad, powerful prejudicial positions were dismantled and reintegrated with a deeper sense of fear and shame that had contributed to their original disavowal. This case impresses how locating oneself within the other is essential to our work as contemporary analysts, as we confront our countertransferential responses and inevitable blind spots.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Assess and confront their own prejudicial positions and countertransferential

blind spots as clinicians.

2) Notice and confront the disavowal of prejudicial positions within their patients.

3) Recognize and address with patients when transgenerational trauma is

manifesting within the interpersonal dyad.


Hazel Ipp, Ph.D., is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto, Canada.  She is a founding board member, faculty, and supervisor of the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  She also serves on the faculties of ISIPSÉ (Rome) and the Florida Psychoanalytic Center. Dr. Ipp is Chief Editor Emeritus of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and has served on the editorial boards of multiple psychoanalytic journals.  She has also published numerous articles in major international journals of psychoanalysis.  She is a founding and current

board member as well as past president of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  She regularly teaches, supervises, and presents nationally and internationally.


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Stern, D. B. (2019). How I work with unconscious process: A case example. Contemporary Psychoanalysis55(4), 336-348.

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