Responding Psychoanalytically to Trauma, Otherness, and the State of the World
The psychoanalytic community of the Northwest enjoys an abundance of experience, training and expertise representing much of the psychoanalytic landscape. It is the aim of the Forum, our annual conference, to share this wealth with our members and the community at large.
Recent world events have highlighted the trauma of otherness from many perspectives and directions. The other of color, the other of gender, the other of sexual orientation...the list goes on. For many of us, the other is someone who voted other than us. All of these others correspond to others within ourselves. How do we reckon with the divisive, frightening forces unleashed by the rhetoric and likely policies of the incoming presidential administration as psychoanalytically informed clinicians? How can we support and contain the dysregulation these forces have caused our clients and patients, while also attending to our own dysregulation? How can we organize and respond as activist-therapists while maintaining our ethical obligations? We must find a way to come together as a community to address these questions and many more.
2017 NWAPS Forum Presenters
Session One (8:30 - 10:00 AM)
Bob Bergman: A Supreme Fiction: Wallace Stevens and Donald Trump
Robin McCoy Brooks: Psychoanalytic Subject as Political Possibility: One community’s revolutionary response to the impossible demands of the neighbor
Daniel Benveniste: Recognizing the Transference in Psychotherapy: Who do you think you’re talkin’ to?
Karen Weisbard, Karol Marshall, and Jenae Kronbach: We Can Survive This: An Intergenerational Journey through Disembodiment and Dissociation
Session Two (10:15 - 11:45 AM)
Matthew Brooks: Collective trauma and therapist disclosure
Robert Campbell, MD: Ski Lift Case
Sandra Christensen,Tanya Ruckstuhl,and Gillian Vik: What Happens to the Alchemist?
Joan Golston and Ken Kimmel: Taking in the Camp Guard and turning away from the Consoling Rescuer: Lessons from a Holocaust Survivor
Please note: Previous conferences were held in the the south end of the Shoreline Conference Center. This year, classrooms for the morning presentations will be in the north end, in the following rooms: Highlander, Mt. Rainier, Spartan, and Arden.