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Violent Emotions and the Violence of Life featuring Avner Bergstein, MA, FIPA (Virtual Conference)

  • February 17, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Virtual using Zoom
  • 69


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Please state your Colorado University/Institute program at registration.

Registration has closed for this event.


Description: This is a didactic program targeting psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.

Based on the work of Bion, Bergstein addresses violent emotions and violent retaliation against the mind to protect itself from overwhelming excitation, which may result from an inability to mentally formulate or adaptively contain painful excitation.

Included are examples of unrecognized collusions between patients and analysts blindsiding themselves against recognition of massive emotional forces and painful, psychic reality.

CME Objectives:
  1. Describe WR Bion's thinking about psychotic functioning and the personality's methods of dealing with overwhelming mental pain.
  2. Apply Bion’s ideas regarding violent emotions and violent retaliation to improve capacities for working with emotionally withdrawn and hard to reach patients.



Avner Berstein, MA, FIPA Avner Bergstein is a training and supervising psychoanalyst and faculty member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. He works in private practice with adults, adolescents and children and has worked for several years at a kindergarten for children with autism. He has authored numerous papers elaborating on the clinical implications of the writings of Bion and Meltzer and his papers are translated into many languages. He is author of the book Bion and Meltzer's Expeditions into Unmapped Mental Life: Beyond the Spectrum in Psychoanalysis. He is a visiting lecturer at several psychoanalytic institutes, and conducts reading seminars focusing on the writings of WR Bion. He is also the recipient of the IPA 2021 Elizabeth Young-Bruehl Prejudice Award.



Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024

Time & Schedule: This event will run from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (MT). Please log in by 8:55 AM so we may begin promptly. 


  • CO Trainees: $35.00 (Please list your CO training institution at registration)
  • DPS Members: $50.00
  • Non DPS Members: $60.00 

Your spot for the conference is not guaranteed until the registration fee is paid in full.

Location: Virtual using Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Please note that many of our emails get filtered through secondary inboxes, so please do a search within your inbox for key words such as: Denver Psychoanalytic Society, DPS, Zoom link, and/or the name of the speaker or title of the event to find the email with the link.

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Registration: Registration is required. The deadline to register is February 15, 2024 by 12:00 PM (MT). Cancellation policy is listed below.



2 CME credits available 

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the session, and complete an online evaluation within 7 days after the program. An email with the evaluation link will be sent after the program. Credit is equal to time participated for virtual events. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event. Enabling your video while participating is strongly encouraged.

CME Disclosures:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. (Updated July 2021)



Confidentiality: During conferences, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this conference. No recording of case material is allowed.

Cancellation: There will be NO refunds after February 15, 2024. Any refunds made before February 15th will be less a $10 administrative fee. If the Society must cancel the conference, a full refund will be provided. 

Certificate Replacement:  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office must resend a certificate.

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