On Absence

Instructor:  Peter Ruderman, MSW, LCSW

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Dates: Tuesdays, April 10, 17, 24, 2018

Time:  7:15 – 8:45 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Course Level: Intermediate

Fee: $115.00

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 4.5 Credit Hours

Psychoanalysis is well versed with the idea of absence. The focus of this three-week course will be on the impact absence can have, as viewed through the lens of Andre Green’s landmark paper The Dead Mother. For Green, absence is not absent, it leaves a presence. In addition to reading Green, participants will be exposed to the ideas of Thomas Ogden, Christopher Bollas, and Daniel Stern.


  • To discuss what Andre Green refers to as the dead mother syndrome.
  • To recognize the impact the dead mother syndrome can have on infants and children.
  • To explore how the dead mother syndrome impacts the clinical situation.


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