Chicago Psychoanalytic Society

Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Clinical Social Work

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 7:00 PM-8:50 PM
Note the new location:
Robert Morris University, 401. S. State, 8th Floor Auditorium
Admission is free


Maternal and Daughterly Narcissism and its Transformations: The Use of Fairy Tales in Interpretation


Presenter: Christine Kieffer, PhD

Discussant: Molly Witten, PhD

In her talk, Christine Kieffer will reflect upon the influence of the fairy tale upon individual and group development, as well as illustrating the use of fairy tales in treatment. She will also focus upon emergence and the Analytic Third, in particular the Moral Third with respect to competition—and the notion that “only one can live.”

Presenter: Christine Kieffer, PhD, ABPP, a member of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society and a Faculty Member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and at Rush University, is a child/adolescent and adult psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. She also has a specialization in group and organizational treatment. Dr. Kieffer is author of Mutuality, Recognition and the Self (2014) as well as a forthcoming book on adolescence. She is the author of many papers published in psychoanalytic journals as well as co-editor of three books. She is in private practice in Chicago and Winnetka.

Discussant: Molly Romer Witten, PhD, a member of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society and a Faculty Member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist who works with patients of all ages.  She is Director of the Child Parent Workshop and has a private practice in Chicago.  She has a rich record of publications focusing on early development; family struggles; emotional, social, and developmental delay; and state-focused consultation and advocacy.


Educational objectives:
After the presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1.  Make use of fairy tales in working with adolescent patients;
  2.  Describe the concepts of the “Moral Third” and “only one can live” as they pertain to the treatment of adolescents


Admission is free. No reservations are required.  Continuing Education Credits (offered exclusively to Society members) are pending.