Too often, psychoanalysis misses the opportunity to attend to the task of penetrating the surface of otherness. This presentation will examine both the resistances to, and the necessity for, psychoanalytic engagement—and prioritization—of issues of otherness, difference and diversity. Anxieties associated with authentic, curious, exploratory dialogue about difference and diversity are identified.
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During the course of the last 40 years, mainstream North American psychoanalysis, and particularly BPSI, have gone from being a place of one dominant theory, to being a place of multiple theories. It seems the task of anyone learning analysis, at whatever stage, to choose a theory, to be able to self-identify with a theoretical tradition, and to relate that theory to one’s practice.
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Bion’s book, Transformations, is seen as enigmatic, difficult to understand and is the most challenging of all his works. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to read a paper by Dr. Brown in advance of the program that reviews and contextualizes Bion’s Transformations. The program will begin with a synopsis of Transformations by Dr. Brown with an emphasis on the clinical applications of these ideas, which will be followed by a general discussion. Dr.
"Code Switching: The Use of “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” (EMDR) in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Trauma; Thoughts on Integrative Psychoanalysis”
"Reflections from Behind the Couch: Early, Middle, and Later Years
Psychoanalysis has famously been called the "impossible profession." This can stir fear in all of us, in terms of feeling comfortable, or even just adequate, in the face of ambivalence, paradox, madness even. How do we proceed? How do we dare to grow as professionals amidst such struggles - our patients and our own? What kind of learning takes place after the formal training period has ended?
At the free Clinical Café, an NPSI training analyst will present an excerpt from a clinical case, illustrating psychoanalytic thought and technique for those considering analytic training. Refreshments will be served. Join us for a morning of psychic and physical nourishment.
Dr. Perdigão notes that analysts are often confronted with issues arising out of cultural differences and may on occasion conduct analyses in a language that is not the patient's native tongue. This has become more pertinent with the worldwide expansion of psychoanalysis. One of the challenges analysts face is how to better understand patients who come from different cultural backgrounds.
Suicide represents a major public health concern and frequent reason for seeking mental health treatment. Despite the frequency of this problem, clinicians may feel uncomfortable assessing, managing and treating suicidal clients or providing consultation to colleagues working with suicidal clients.