Archived Conferences Explanation
Join us for this important online conference aimed at expanding the understanding of immigration. It will consider the psychological issues underlying the experience of immigration on an individual and small group level of analysis. It will explore how immigration affects identity, how the experience of immigration is mentalized, and the consequences of dual national identities. Although immigration crosses ethnic boundaries, for this course, the Mexican/American experience will be used as a case-in-point for the discussion. Discussions will be based on 3 articles and a film by Richard Ainslie all of which will be available online to attendees.
Attachment and Sexuality [Archived]
This online conference encompasses theory, research and clinical case material on the topic of attachment and sexuality from the perspectives of both psychoanalysis and attachment theoretical traditions. The focus will be on the bi-directional web of influences between the two systems from infancy to adulthood.
Panelists include: Sidney J. Blatt, Diana Diamond, Morris Eagle, Jeremy Holmes, Joe Lichtenberg, and Lissa Weinstein.
Attachment and Adult Psychotherapy [Archive]
This online conference will attempt to answer the question of what can attachment research and theory offer to psychodynamic approaches to treatment? The emphasis will be on how attachment theory informs our understanding of the nature of the patient-therapist relationship, the nature of therapeutic goals, certain aspects of the therapeutic interaction, and the linking of therapeutic approach to individual differences in attachment pattern.
Jessica Benjamin offers a startling new perspective on femininity, masculinity, passivity, excess, erotic surrender, and transcendence of conventional gender.
Ruth Stein leads off the discussion about Benjamins article The Riddle of Sex.
Conflict About Conflict [Archive]
Conflict is central to every analytic perspective. Instinct, drive, need, wish, demand, expectation, perception, emotion, all have been studied as players in the psychological drama of opposition and ambivalence. Contemporary theorists, having moved far away from Freuds early views, offer provocative new ways of thinking about this essential concept and its clinical implications.
Empirical studies now show that Transference Focused Psychotherapy is as effective as Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the treatment of suicidality. Moreover, when compared with DBT and supportive therapy it was the only treatment demonstrated to improve reflective functioning. In this didactically oriented, clinically based conference, Personality Studies Institute faculty, including Drs. Otto Kernberg, Frank Yeomans, John Clarkin and senior colleagues at the institute, will discuss the clinical management of Affect Storms and Suicidality in the treatment of patients with borderline personality organization. Dr. Pamela Foelsch, will moderate the discussion.
The Boston Change Process Study Group, which includes Daniel Stern, Louis Sander, Karlen Lyons-Ruth, Alexander Morgan, Jeremy Nahum and Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, will discuss their latest work on implicit process and the foundational level of non-conscious mental life -- on the relationship between the implicit non-conscious and the repressed unconscious . Commentators on this thinking will include Jessica Benjamin, Adrienne Harris, Arnold Modell, and Donnel Stern.
The current global political crisis is making it more and more difficult to think clearly about the emotional storms breaking around us. Ground breaking papers by Neil Altman and Nancy Hollander explore how the psychic-social split is no longer tenable as we try to cope with the destabilizing impact of dread and insecurity fostered by an increasingly violent, polarized, and nihilistic world. After interviews with Dr.s Altman and Hollander there will be a panel discussion of the papers with the authors and with audience participation. Dr. Altman?s paper ?Psychoanalysis and War? focuses on dissociative defenses against knowing and feeling in the context of war. He also explores the assumptions about human nature that organize our attitudes toward ourselves and our adversaries. Dr. Hollander?s paper ?Trauma, Ideology and the Creation of the Political Subject? uses aspects of psychoanalytic theory to explain how the convergence of unconscious mechanisms and ideology in the post-9/11 political culture accounts for uncritical consensual support for domestic and foreign policies that attack democracy. The paper also explores the psychic and social factors that permit the emergence of critical social conscience.
Gender as Soft Assembly [Archive]
In this conference, developing ideas from Harris? book Gender as Soft Assembly, we will explore important clinical and theoretical questions. How mutable is gender? What functions does gender identity serve? How do we think about the complex knots of desire and identity, sex and gender, that we see in clinical practice? The conference will also explore new models for development ? chaos theory ? as exciting new ways to think about growth and change. Discounted Price $132 (normally $177
As Buddhism enters the American zeitgeist, there is a burgeoning interest within psychotherapy regarding the interplay of psychotherapy and Buddhism and the value of this dialogue for psychodynamic psychotherapists. In this ground-breaking collaboration between Deep Streams Zen Institute and PsyBC, we will examine Buddhist and contemporary psychoanalytic uses of attention, their underlying perspectives on the nature of reality, the mind, the self, the relational field, and the experience of awakening and liberation from suffering. Join Joseph Bobrow, Gerald Fogel, Jeffrey Rubin Jeremy Safran, David Black and Marjorie Schuman for this stimulating and enlightening conference.
A Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, and a Muslim (all psychoanalysts) come together to open a discussion of the relationship between psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented therapy and religion. That they discuss, in the 1st person, how their religious attitudes, beliefs, and values effect the nature of their therapeutic work brings home the relevance of this important and timely subject.
Click on the name of the conference above to learn more and to register. In December, 2002 Other Press hosted a conference in NYC on the book Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self. Because many who wished to attend had to be turned away and because it was only held in NYC, Other Press has decided to hold an on-line conference. All four authors will participate in the discussion responding to commentaries with leading thinkers in the field.
Relational Child Psychotherapy [Archive]
This conference addresses child psychotherapy from a relational point of view. The ground-breaking, transformative, implications of contemporary psychoanalytic concepts for the theory and practice of child therapy will form the focus of the discussion. Co-sponsored by Other Press.
Ideology and the Clinic- Archived
How do the social norms that regulate gender and sex relations, class relations, and race relations enter into the psyche and then into clinical work? This symposium discusses Lynne Layton?s work on the ways that ideologies that support unjust social systems shape individual psyches, and how they are enacted consciously and unconsciously in macro- and microscopic interactions between patient and therapist. Gender, sexual relations, race and class become established in the unconscious and enacted in the therapeutic process. The Ideology and the Clinic Study Group comprises an extraordinary group of clinician/scholars who, for their first conference, take up Lynne Layton?s ground breaking work in this area.
Attachment Theory and Couples Therapy [Archive]
This symposium explores the crucial role of a sense of attachment security in the formation and maintenance of couple relationships, the influence of attachment style on relational cognitions and behaviors, affect regulation in the couple system, and will focus on the application of attachment theory to clinical practice with couples. Co-sponsored by Family Process.
James Fosshage has written an important paper challenging the de-emphasis by the Boston Change Process Study Group on explicit interventions with implicit ways of relating. The conference begins with a didactically oriented interview unpacking and explicating Dr. Fosshage?s ideas. It then proceeds with a critical dialogue between Dr. Fosshage and Dr. William Coburn. Note: This conference is offered as part of a ?two-fer? with our conference on ?The Telescoping of Generations: Misunderstanding and Psychic Truths.?
Discounted Price $59 (normally $79.95)
A conference discussing the Boston Change Process Study Group?s latest, just published work, ?Forms of Relational Meaning: Issues in the Relations Between the Implicit and Reflective-Verbal Domains? Members of the study group and invited panelists will explore the relation of the implicit and reflective/verbal realms in psychoanalytic therapy. This issue has become increasingly important, both for clinicians working within a Relational Psychoanalytic frame, as well as those attempting to consider these ideas in contrast to classical psychoanalytic conceptions. Panelists include: Paul Ornstein, MD, Bruce Reis, PhD. and Philip Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD.