Teaching in Ukraine

Photo of the Ukraine Dneper River
River Dneper, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

For 14 years a group of clinicians in Eastern Ukraine have been interested in the ideas of Melanie Klein and the psychoanalysts who have continued to extend and develop these ideas.

In 2001 they asked Patricia Daniel if it were possible for teachers to come to Kharkov to introduce the work of Melanie Klein. Eddie Hargreves and Jane Milton first made the journey and since then a regular biannual seminar began with a group of consistent teachers coming from Britain – Jane Milton, Penelope Garvey, Anne Amos and David Simpson.

This sustained and enriching programme of seminars is organised by Igor Romanov, Marina Gavrilenko, Valerie Pustavarov, Ira Malynshka and Peter Garmish. Many of the seminar members, who come from different areas of Ukraine, have gone on to train as psychoanalysts and the seminars are now also held in Dnepropetrovsk and Kiev.

Kleinian Seminars in Ukraine

2003-2011

Seminars supported by Melanie Klein Trust for about 25/30 participants.

The seminar involved many clinical seminars in two discussion groups as well as individual supervisions. The theoretical papers were all translated into Russian for the seminar.

1. May 2003, Kharkov. E. Hargreaves, J. Milton ‘Psychic changes’

Lectures at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • E. Hargreaves, ‘The depressive position and defences against it’
  • J. Milton, ‘Psychic change in the analysis of Mr. P’

Discussions of papers:

  • B. Joseph, ‘Psychic Change: Some Perspectives’ and ‘The patient who is difficult to reach’
  • H. Segal, ‘The Curative Factors in Psychoanalysis’
  • J. Steiner, ‘The aim of psychoanalysis in theory and in practice’

2. March-April 2004, Kharkov. E. Hargreaves, J. Milton ‘Interpretation, transference and countertransference’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • J. Milton, ‘Psychoanalysis and cognitive behaviour therapy – rival paradigms or common ground’.

Discussions of papers:

  • P. Roth, ‘Mapping the landscape: levels of transference interpretation’
  • J. Steiner, ‘Problems of psycho-analytic technique: patient-centered and analyst-centered interpretations’
  • I. Brenman Pick, ‘Working through in the countertransference’

3. October 2004, Kharkov. E. Hargreaves, J. Milton ‘Projective identification’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • E. Hargreaves, ‘Projective identification, countertransference and interpretation: on going against the grain’

Discussions of papers:

  • D. Bell ‘Projective identification’
  • B. Joseph ‘Projective identification: some clinical aspects’
  • E. Spillius ‘Clinical experiences of projective identification’

4. April 2005, Kharkov. J. Milton, P. Garvey ‘Oedipus complex: evolution of concept’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • J. Milton, ‘Unconscious phantasy: orifices and internal spaces’

Discussions of papers:

  • R. Britton ‘The missing link: parental sexuality in the Oedipus complex’ and ‘Oedipus on depressive position’
  • I. Sodre, ‘Obsessional certainty versus obsessional doubt: from two to three’

5. October 2005, Kharkov. E. Hargreaves, P. Garvey ‘Pathologic organization’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • P. Garvey ‘Bringing deadness to life: an appreciation of Rosenfeld’s contribution to thinking about narcissism’

Discussions of papers:

  • E. O’Shaughnessy, ‘A clinical study of a defensive organization’
  • H. Rosenfeld ‘A clinical approach to the psychoanalytic theory of the life and death instincts: an investigation into the aggressive aspects of narcissism’
  • J. Steiner ‘Paranoid-schizoid and depressive position’

6. April 2006, Kharkov. J. Milton, P. Garvey ‘Internal and external setting’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • J. Milton, ‘The analytic setting and its disturbing consequences’

Discussions of papers:

  • S. Freud ‘On introduction to treatment’
  • W. Bion ‘Attacks on linking’
  • R. Caper ‘Does psychoanalysis heal? A contribution to the theory of psychoanalytic technique’

7. October 2006, Kharkov. E. Hargreaves, J. Milton ‘Symbol formation and psychic development’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • E. Hargreaves, ‘From separateness to symbol formation: in the search of meaning’ Clinical presentation by J. Milton.

Discussions of papers:

  • H. Segal, ‘Notes on Symbol Formation’
  • R. Caper, ‘Symbol formation and creativity: Hanna Segal’s theoretical contributions’
  • G. di Ceglie, ‘Symbol formation and the construction of the inner world’

8. April 2006, Kharkov. J. Milton, P. Garvey ‘Superego in clinical work’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • P. Garvey, ‘An illustration of a harsh ego- destructive superego’

Discussions of papers:

  • E. O’Shaughnessy, ‘Relating to the superego’
  • E. Brenman ‘Cruelty and narrowmindedness’
  • R. Britton ‘Emancipation from the superego’

9. October 2007, Kharkov. E. Hargreaves, P. Garvey ‘Thinking’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • E. Hargreaves, ‘Some thoughts on the pull towards death’.

Discussions of papers:

  • W. Bion, ‘The psycho-analytic study of thinking’
  • E. O’Shaughnessy, ‘W.R. Bion’s theory of thinking and new techniques in child analysis’
  • R. Britton ‘Belief and psychic reality’

10. April 2008, Kharkov. J. Milton, A. Amos ‘Narcissism and development’.

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • J. Milton ‘Emerging from narcissism’

Discussions of papers:

  • H. Segal and D. Bell, ‘The theory of narcissism in the work of Freud and Klein’
  • R. Britton, ‘Narcissism and narcissistic disorders’
  • J. Steiner ‘Review: narcissistic object relations and pathological organizations of the personality’

11. October 2008, Kharkov. J. Milton, P. Garvey ‘Envy and gratitude’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • J. Milton ‘Envy in everyday life and in psychoanalysis’

Discussions of book/papers:

  • M. Klein, Envy and Gratitude
  • E. Spillius, ‘Varieties of envious experience’
  • E. O’Shaughnessy, ‘On gratitude’

12. March 2009, Kharkov. J. Milton, A. Amos ‘Aspects of psychoanalytic technique’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • A. Amos, ‘The mutability and immutability of psychoanalytic technique’

Discussions of papers:

  • M. Feldman, ‘The illumination of history’
  • I. Brenman Pick, ‘Working through in the countertransference’
  • E. O’Shaughnessy, ‘Enclaves and excursions’

13. October 2009, Dnepropetrovsk. P. Garvey, A. Amos ‘Primitive mental states and defences’

Open lecture for Dnepropetrovsk psychoanalytic society:

  • P. Garvey, ‘Separating and splitting up’

Discussions of papers:

  • H. Rosenfeld, ‘Contributions to the psychopathology of psychotic states: the importance of projective identifications in the ego structure and the object relations of the psychotic patients’
  • H. Segal, ‘On the clinical usefulness of the concept of death instinct’
  • M. Feldman, ‘Projective identification: the analyst’s involvement’

14. April 2010, Odessa. E. Hargreaves, J. Milton ‘Dreams’

Open lecture for Odessa psychoanalytic society:

  • J. Milton, ‘First and last dreams of an analysis’

Discussions of papers:

  • H. Segal, ‘The royal road’ and ‘The dream and the ego’
  • J.-M. Quinodoz, ‘Dreams that turn over a page’

15. October 2010, Kharkov. P. Garvey, A. Amos ‘Hysteric character and somatization’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • A. Amos, ‘Mind in body and body in mind’

Discussions of papers:

  • P. Heimann, ‘A contribution to the problem of sublimation and its relation to processes of internalization’
  • C. Bronstein, ‘On psychosomatics: the search for meaning’
  • R. Britton, ‘Getting in on the act: the hysterical solution’

16. April 2011, Dnepropetrovsk. J. Milton, A. Amos ‘Sexuality and perversion’

Open lecture for Dnepropetrovsk psychoanalytic society:

  • J. Milton ‘Sexuality and perversion – some Kleinian perspectives’

Discussions of papers:

  • G. Fornari Spoto, ‘Luxuriating in stupefaction. The analysis of a narcissistic fetish’
  • B. Joseph, ‘‘Where there is no vision’. From sexualisation to sexuality’
  • D. Meltzer, ‘The introjective basis of polymorphous tendencies in adult sexuality’ and ‘Adult polymorphous sexuality’
  • D. Birksted-Breen, ‘Phallus, penis and mental space’

17. October 2011, Kharkov. J. Milton, P. Garvey ‘Depressive position’

Lecture at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University:

  • P. Garvey ‘Polystyrene and the black box: the catastrophe of evasion’

Discussions of papers:

  • P. Roth, ‘Depressive position’
  • E. Spillius et al, ‘Depressive position’ (New Dictionary)
  • R. Riesenberg-Malcolm, ‘Pain, sorrow and resolution’

2012-present

Renewal of the programme of seminars with support from the Melanie Klein Trust for about 36/40 participants in the large annual seminar and three discussion groups. Also a smaller annual weekend seminar is held in Kiev.

1. October 2012, Dnepropetrovsk. A. Amos, R. Anderson. General large seminar, ‘Adolescence’

Open lecture for Dnepropetrovsk psychoanalytic society:

  • R. Anderson, ‘Adolescence and the body ego: the reencountering of primitive mental functioning in adolescent development’

Discussions of papers:

  • I. Brenman Pick, ‘Adolescence: its impact on patient and analyst’
  • C. Bronstein, ‘Two modalities of manic defences: their function in adolescent breakdown’
  • E. O’Shaughnessy, ‘The invisible Oedipus complex’

2. April 2013, Kiev. P. Garvey, D. Bell. Small clinical seminar

Lecture:

  • D. Bell, ‘Who is killing what or whom? Some notes on the internal phenomenology of suicide’

3. October 2013, Dnepropetrovsk. J. Milton, A. Amos, D. Simpson. General large seminar ‘Internal objects’

Open lecture for Dnepropetrovsk psychoanalytic society:

  • J. Milton, ‘Who is the patient for the analyst? Why and how do we need our patients?’

Discussions of papers:

  • C. Bronstein, ‘What are internal objects?’
  • R. Hinshelwood, ‘Introjection and projection’, ‘Unconscious phantasy’ and ‘Internal objects’
  • G. di Ceglie, ‘Symbol formation and the construction of the inner world’

4. October-November 2014, Kiev. A. Amos, P. Garvey. Additional clinical seminar on ‘Trauma’

Discussion of C. Garland’s paper ‘Thinking about trauma’.

5. May 2015, Dnepropetrovsk. J. Milton, A. Amos. D. Simpson. General seminar. ‘Intrusions and identifications’

Presentation:

  • D. Simpson, ‘Some consequences of being the wrong child: effects of the intergenerational transmission of an ideal-ego’

Discussion of papers:

  • H. Rey, ‘That which patients bring to analysis’
  • E. O’Shaughnessy, ‘Intrusions’
  • I. Sodre, ‘Who’s who: notes on pathological identifications’

6. August 2015, Kiev. P. Garvey, I. Brenman Pick. Small clinical seminar.

Lecture:

  • I. Brenman Pick, ‘Lurching between longing and destruction: Interwoven snakes’

7. May-June 2016, Dnepropetrovsk. J. Milton, A. Amos. D. Sympson. General large seminar ‘Neurotic Misery and Common Human Unhappiness’

Open lecture for Dnepropetrovsk psychoanalytic society:

  • A. Amos, ‘If only…’.

Discussions of papers:

  •  P. Roth, ‘The paranoid schizoid position’
  • H. Segal, ‘Disillusionment: the story of Adam and Eve and that of Lucifer’
  • M. Klein, ‘On the sense of loneliness’
  • S. Freud, ‘On Transience’

8. October 2016, Kiev. P. Garvey, C. Cripwell. Small clinical seminar

Discussion of C. Cripwell’s paper ‘Seeing is Believing – Construction and Interpretation’.

9. April 2017, Dnepropetrovsk. J. Milton, A. Amos. D. Sympson. General large seminar ‘Every difficult patient is difficult in his own way’

Open lecture for Dnepropetrovsk psychoanalytic society:

  • J. Milton, E. Stoudenetz, E. Krasnova.

Discussions of papers:

  • B. Joseph, ‘Different kind of anxieties’
  • J. Steiner, ‘Problems of psycho-analytic technique: patient-centered and analyst-centered interpretations’
  • H. Rey, ‘That which patients bring to analysis’

10. October 2017, Kiev. P. Garvey, M. Wedell. Small clinical seminar

Discussion of M. Waddell’s paper ‘‘From resemblance to identity’: the internal narrative of fifty-minute hour’

11. May 2018, Dnepr, J. Milton, A. Amos. D. Sympson. General large seminar ‘The infant in the Adult’

Lecture:

  • D Simpson, ‘What Stands in the Way of Intimacy? – The Importance of Experience in Early Infancy’

Discussions of papers:

  • M. Klein, ‘On Observing the Behaviour of Young Infants'(1952)
  • R. Britton, ‘Narcissistic problems in sharing space’ (2003)
  • R. Britton, ‘The triangular model’ (2015)

12. November 2018, Kiev, P. Garvey and I. Brenman Pick

Seminars outside the Melanie Klein Trust programme

1. September 2001, Kharkov. Weekly R. Hinshelwood’s seminar on his book, Clinical Klein

Lectures at V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University: ‘Projective Identification and Marx’s Concept of Man’ and ‘Kleinian investigations of children development’.

2. November 2006, Kiev-Moscow. Presentation of Russian translation of R. Hinshelwood’s Dictionary of Kleinian Thought

Lectures ‘Social dynamics and individual symptoms’, ‘British Kleinian technique’, ‘Countertransference and Kleinian approach today’.

3. June 2011, Kharkov. R. Hinshelwood’s seminar ‘Countertransference and therapeutic relationships’

4. May 2012, Kharkov. First Kleinian weekend ‘Unconscious phantasy’

Clinical and theoretical presentations by seminar participants.

Discussion of paper: E. Spillius, ‘Freud and Klein on the Concept of Phantasy’.

Pre-seminar discussion: I. Romanov, ‘Kleinian marginalia. Culture contexts of British psychoanalysis’.

5. April 2013, Kharkov. Second Kleinian weekend ‘Here and now in analytic interaction’

Presentation by S. Grachev, ‘It has nothing to do with you! Thinking of transference from Kleinian point of view’.

Clinical and theoretical presentations by seminar participants.

Discussion of paper: R. Blass, ‘On the immediacy of unconscious truth: Understanding Betty Joseph’s ‘here and now’ through comparison with alternative views of it outside of and within Kleinian thinking’.

Pre-seminar discussion: ‘M. Roper interviews R. Hinshelwood’.

6. April 2014, Kharkov. Third Kleinian weekend ‘Envy: theoretical, clinical and social aspects’

Presentation by V. Zimin, ‘Phenomenology and metapsychology of envy’

Clinical and theoretical presentations by seminar participants.

Pre-seminar discussion – Film – play on Y. Olesha’s novel Envy.

7. March 2016, Kharkov. Fourth Kleinian weekend ‘Countertransference and projective identification’

Paper presentation by E. Sedelnikova and O. Krivih, co-reporters E. Stoudenets and P. Garmish. 

Discussion of I. Brenman Pick interview about paper ‘Working through in the countertransfernce’.

8. September 2018, Kharkov. Fifth Kleinian weekend ‘Oedipal complex – yesterday, today and always’

Presentation by K. Korbut (Moscow), ‘No-omnipotent fatherhood’.

Paper presentation by O. Krivih and A. Fedorets, co-reporters E. Sedelnikova and E. Krasnova. 

Discussion of E. O’Shaughnessy’s and R. Britton’s discussion ‘Originality of Melanie Klein’.

Updated November 2018