IARPP Australia 2024 Seminar Series

Power, Privilege and Group Identifications in the Consulting Room

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Our seminars explore Relational theories and practice, and will be relevant to both experienced clinicians and those beginning to learn about psychoanalytic ideas.

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Susan A. Klett Part 1

Location : Participation available via Zoom Teleconferencing
Date: Saturday 17 August 2024, 09:00am - 11:00am
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Please Note: To preserve and respect both intellectual property rights and confidentiality, the seminar will not be recorded, nor is recording permitted.

This is a 2 part seminar series. However, each seminar is self-contained and not reliant on attendance to both.



Susan A. Klett Part 1

The Significance of The Sibling Experience: Its’ Impact on Development, Attachment, and Identity - Part 1

Although siblings accompany us within our family of origin throughout all of our developmental stages and are often the longest relationship in our lives, scarce attention has been paid to conscious and unconscious influences of siblings in psychoanalytic theory and practice.
Our sense of self is not only developed through the gaze of our mother and/or father, but the position in which they value us in relationship to our siblings. It is our siblings who first socialize us into the world of “the other” our peers and influence how we continue to establish our identity through our differences and alikeness to others throughout our lifespan.

The aim of this seminar is to increase awareness and greater understanding of the profound and pervasive impact of unique and complex sibling dynamics on development, attachment, separation-individuation, identity formation and character styles. To gain a theoretical understanding of sibling relations to widen the scope of clinical practice to include listening for both vertical (parental) and lateral (sibling) dimensions of psychic life, both in relation to and autonomous from parental influences.

We will begin by examining research, analytic literature and the theoretical understanding of sibling relations. I will demonstrate ways analyzing various sibling dynamics forge new pathways to the unconscious by looking at the powerful and enduring presence of siblings on the lives of Harry Guntrip and Sigmund Freud. I will then present an in-depth case study of a patient deeply impacted by her four sibling relationships which reflect theoretical concepts and the emergence of intergenerational and transgenerational transmission of sibling trauma. As we move forward with this case, we will have the opportunity to learn of how the early loss of two siblings had a major impact on her attachment and relationship patterns; how her experience of living with a mentally challenged and physically ill older sibling influenced her identity and led to the development of her precocious maturity; and how she came to recognize her “othering” of her half-sibling which led to her increased capacity for understanding and accepting of differences within others.

About the Speaker:

Susan A. Klett, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW-R, is a training and supervising analyst at The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Los Angeles and a faculty member, supervising and training analyst at various psychoanalytic institutes in New York City. She is a past President and board member of The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and a former Co-Director and board member of Washington Square Institute for Mental Health. Dr. Klett is the founder and past Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training and Skill Group Program at WSI.
She is co- author of Analysis of the Incest Trauma: Retrieval, Recovery, Renewal (Karnac; 2015) and has published articles and reviews on trauma, eating disorders, couple treatment and the psychoanalytic process. She has received a Humanitarian Award for her work with the victims and families of the World Trade Center Disaster (9/11), and has presented nationally and internationally on trauma and personality disorders. Dr. Klett maintains a private practice in Manhattan working with individuals, couples, groups and provides supervision to clinicians and consultations to educational organizations.

IARPP Aust members $70 per seminar
Non-members $85 per seminar
For Fulltime Students under 35 years, please contact Dr Meg Carley:


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