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Saturday, May 5th 2018

Play Changes Us: Reverie, Transition, Illusion, Potential, Self Care

Ken Corbett, PhD
presented by TICP

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New location: InterContinental Hotel Toronto Yorkville, Barclay Room (2nd floor), 220 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON, M5S 1T8

About the Day:

This day-long event sets out to study play and psychoanalytic practice. How does the transitive work of playing allow us to practice and play the other, including the practice of preservation, and the rupture of resistance? How do we court transitional space, intermediate zones, and potential space as means to support the leap of play and the ongoing work of psychotherapy? How do we lean into the logic of play in order to sustain illusion and court reverie? And how might that logic – that practice – serve as a means of self-care?

Morning Address: Transit: Playing the Other

Afternoon Address: Self Care and the Logic of Play

This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

• To identify and define how Winnicott built a theory of mind via his emphasis on playing not knowing;
• To identify and define Michael Parson’s theory of the logic of play and how play makes psychoanalysis possible;
• To consider the work of play as part of the work of self care.

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Schedule for the day:

10:00 am Introduction of speaker (Dr. Judi Kobrick)
10:10 am “Transit: Playing the Other” Dr. Ken Corbett
11:00 am Dialogue between audience and Dr. Corbett
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00 pm “Self Care and the Logic of Play” Dr. Ken Corbett
3:00 pm Dialogue between audience and Dr. Corbett
4:00 pm Closing remarks (Dr. Kobrick)

About the Speaker:

Ken Corbett, Ph.D., is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He maintains a private practice in New York City and consults internationally. He has written extensively about gender, sexuality, childhood and psychotherapy. He is the author of Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities (2009) and A Murder Over a Girl: Gender, Justice, Junior High (2016).


For more information please visit or call TICP directly at 416.288.8060, or email

Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP)

P/F: 416.288.8060


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