Sunday Brunch Series - Denial of Mortality and its Consequences for Clinical Practice

  • 02 May 2010
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Hosted by Jacquelynn Cunliffe, Ph.D. Location will be e-mailed to registrants.
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Presenter - Corinne Masur, PsyD

Corinne Masur, Psy.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in practice for over 25 years. She has worked at The Child Psychiatry Center at St. Christopher's Hospital, The Children's Service at Abington Memorial Hospital, The Counseling Center at Rutgers University and she is currently the Co-Director of The Parent Child Center at The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia as well as being on the faculty of PCOP. She specializes in the treatment of young children and their parents, the psychoanalysis of children and adults and in early childhood bereavement, and has recently spent time thinking and writing about the feelings associated with mortality and the effect of those feelings on work with patients.


Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to identify the defenses associated with the fear of one’s own mortality.

2. Participants will be able to describe the effect of the denial of death on clinical practice.


Psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, like other people, are afraid of death.  This fear leads to the development and use of myriad defensive activities which may interfere with the effective practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.  Analysts and psychotherapists, however, hold a unique responsibility to maintain an awareness within themselves of the finite nature of life and to tolerate the affects generated by this awareness.  Defensive avoidance of the reality of mortality often leads the analyst to avoid certain patient material and to neglect appropriate preparation for their own sudden illness or death in regard to office practices and patient notification.  Clinical examples will be presented.

Hosted by Jacquelynn Cunliffe, Ph.D. Location will be e-mailed to registrants.


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