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Good Enough Fathering and the Paternal Function: Developmental and Clinical Implications

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When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: LACPA Conference Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., Bldg 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA

Online registration is available until: 2/20/2019
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Saturday, February 23, 2019   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

4.0 CE Credits

 Good Enough Fathering and the Paternal Function: 

Developmental and Clinical Implications


Presenter:  Michael J. Diamond, Ph.D., ABPP





Held at the LACPA Conference Room, Encino


 Program fee includes continental breakfast and parking.


LACPA Members $100            LACPA Student Members $50

Non-Members $120               Student Non-Member $65*

*Must submit proof of current student status.



Pre-registration ends Wednesday, February 20th at 9:00 PM

On-site registration will be available at an additional $20.00 if space permits.



This presentation aims to restore the father and paternal function to their rightful place alongside the mother and maternity. The actual father, ever present in the mother’s unconscious mind, serves both as a separating agent and an attracting object; moreover, the paternal function is necessary to open up symbolic space.  Clinical material will illustrate how the balanced interplay between the paternal, investigative and the maternal, maximally receptive modes serves as the separating element within more collusive therapeutic dyads. 


Description of content:  This paper aims to restore the father and paternal function to their rightful place alongside the mother and maternity in order to counter the prevailing matricentric, dyadic bias in psychoanalytic theory and technique. Both the symbolic and the actual, flesh-and-blood father are necessary to optimize his child’s development. As an embodied other, the actual father, both as a separating agent and an attracting object, is called upon to recognize his child’s otherness throughout the inescapable father-child rivalries, neglect, and desires.  The paternal function inevitably operates in a triadic matrix; thirdness is always psychically in existence—with the father ever present in the mother’s unconscious mind—and the paternal third is necessary to open up symbolic space. Consequently, recovering the “missing” paternal function is vital as a separating element in the analytic dyad.  Effective technique requires the analyst’s balanced interplay between the paternal, investigative and the maternal, maximally receptive modes of functioning.  The good enough analytic couple within the analyst thereby serves as the separating element that fertilizes the patient’s capacity for intimacy with a differentiated other. A clinical example illustrates how treatment is limited when the paternal function is minimized within more collusive, unconsciously symbiotic dyads.


Michael Diamond, Ph.D., FIPA, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and Teaching and Supervising Faculty for the Wright Institute, Los Angeles.  He is a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association, the American Psychological Association, as well as the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.  He has published over one hundred papers and book chapters on psychoanalysis and analytic technique, fathering, masculinity, and psychoanalytic gender theory; treatment of trauma and dissociation; as well as on group processes, hypnosis, and altered states of consciousness. He has written three books including the recently co-edited, The Second Century of Psychoanalysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Action (Karnac, 2011), his highly acclaimed My Father Before Me: How Fathers and Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives (WW Norton, 2007), and his co-edited, Becoming A Father: Contemporary Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives (Springer, 1995).  In addition to teaching and lecturing internationally, he has been honored as a Distinguished Clinician by the Institute for Psychoanalytic Theory and Research in New York City as well as being the recipient of numerous awards for his writing and teaching.  He is currently in private practice in Los Angeles, CA where he is active in his clinical work, teaching, and writing.



Program, presenter, date, and location are all subject to change.

The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements. 



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