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Clinical Conference: Deborah Luepnitz, PhD Topic: The Name of the Piggle: Rereading Winnicott in Light of Conversations with the Adult

  • 10 Mar 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Presents a Clinical Conference

Deborah Luepnitz, PhD 

The Name of the Piggle

Rereading Winnicott's Classic Case 

in Light Of Conversations with the adult "Gabrielle"

 March 10, 2018

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Lunch will follow for all attendees


Deborah Luepnitz, PhD is the author of 3 books, including Schopenhauer's Porcupines, which has been translated into 6 languages. Dr Luepnitz has worked for 2 decades to foster a dialogue between the French and British psychoanalytic traditions, and her article, "Thinking in the Space Between Winnicott and Lacan" was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2009. She is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr Luepnitz is  the founder of "Insight For All", which connects homeless adults with psychoanalysts willing to work pro bono in Philadelphia.

She is featured in an interview at:

A short article about her work at Project HOME can be found at:

A video and podcast can be found at:


Forty years after publication, The Piggle is still studied around the world as an analytic  classic. In 2015, the patient, who had kept her identity  secret for 50 years, chose to disclose it to the presenter. Dr Luepnitz reconsiders the case in terms of information gleaned during their year of communication. Two areas not explored by Winnicott – i.e. the transgenerational transmission of trauma, and the importance of key signifiers ­– are discussed. The presenter suggests that this case lends support for the growing interest in a theory that can accommodate the insights of both Winnicott and Lacan.


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 12:30 Presentation

12:30  –  1:00  Lunch for All Attendees

To Register and Pay

Register and pay online with your credit card or paypal.  

To pay by check, print and fill out the registration form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, 303 Mansfield St #1, New Haven, CT 06511 Mailed registrations must be postmarked by March 1 to qualify for early registration discount.

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Refunds will be given in full if the Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, is contacted at Nir Yehudai no later than the Monday before the conference.

Recommended Readings

1) Winnicott, D.W.   The Piggle: An Account of the Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Little Girl.  London: Hogarth.

2) Luepnitz, D.  (2017) The name of the Piggle: Reconsidering Winnicott's classic case in Light of  some conversations with the adult "Gabrielle."  International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 98 (20) , 343-70. For a copy click HERE

3) Luepnitz, D. (2009). Thinking in the space between Winnicott and Lacan. International Journal of Psychoanalysis.  90 (5), 957-81.


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Learning Objectives

1.  Explain what Winnicott meant by "psychoanalysis on demand."


2.  Describe  how transgenerational transmission of trauma can inform symptoms in even a very young child.

3.  Identify one aspect of the clinical material sidestepped by Winnicott that Lacan would have explored

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

Art: Mary Cassatt, detail from Young Mother Sewing, Metropolitan Museum of Art

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