Lost Classics in Psychoanalysis:
"The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men"  by Marion Milner   

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Garrick Duckler, LMFT, PhD

5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3/21

7:00 - 8:30 pm


$200 Non-Members
$180 Members
$100 Residents-Interns-Graduate Students

In this class, we will read Marion Milner’s collection of essays, “The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men.” Milner was a psychoanalyst, painter and pioneer of introspective journaling (writing under the pseudonym Joanna Field) and throughout her life, she was deeply interested in how to conceptualize creativity as part of the therapeutic process. This compilation of her writing includes reflections on the madness and sanity of creative and therapeutic process as well as intimate accounts of her experience with those mad and sane practitioners of psychoanalysis (Klein, Winnicott, etc.). Although she is best known from her autobiographical work (“A Life of One’s Own” and “On Not Being Able to Paint”), Milner offers, in these essays, a different type of introspective journey—the clinician’s encounter with the madness and freedom of unconscious processes.


  1. Learn about the author’s conceptualizing of the creative process as it relates the author’s clinical work
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of how Marion Milner helped her patients through her distinctive clinical technique
  3. Understand the ways in which certain traditional psychoanalytic ideas (projective identification, primary processes) were understood and re-articulated by Milner
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Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. 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  6.0  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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.