APPWA is pleased to once again welcome back to Perth, Sydney Psychoanalyst, Pam Shein.
Pam will present a paper looking at the experience of a young child in psychoanalysis who was unable to tolerate the impact of the absent object. It prematurely shattered the illusion that the baby and breast are one. To cope with this rupture she substituted the lack of a containing function with omnipotent defenses to help her survive.The paper describes how the psychoanalytical setting provided an experience of containment to enable the necessary psychic changes to occur and how the transference was an essential part of the process of getting to know this little girl’s inner life and to help her become known to herself.
Pam is an adult and child psychoanalyst trained at the Sydney Institute for psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in Sydney. Pam trained as a Social Worker in Johannesburg, and as a Psychologist in NSW. She has worked in public adult mental health, drug and alcohol service, then worked as a psychotherapist with babies, their mothers, children and adolescents.