Session One (8:30 - 10:00 AM)
Bob Bergman: The Eyes of Oedipus
- Oedipus symbolizes our inherent passions but also trauma and its dissociation. He put his eyes out to avoid seeing the horror. Distinguishing between troubles that come from trauma and those that arise in conflict helps in the treatment of either.Oedipus symbolizes our inherent passions but also trauma and its dissociation. He put his eyes out to avoid seeing the horror. Distinguishing between troubles that come from trauma and those that arise in conflict helps in the treatment of either.
Julie Cake: "Whispers of Heavenly Death": Challenging the Mythos of the Confederate War Hero
- When traumatic wounds are neglected, they will fester and infect. What will it take to dismantle the Southern narrative of the honorable and noble Confederate soldier? Unraveling one soldier’s story and how it has impacted multiple generations will be explored.
Erin Pierson and Rachel Newcombe: The Collective Anxiety of Therapists Encountering Suicidal Patients
- Suicidal patients bring about many feelings in therapists, including fear, anxiety, and shame. Through presenter and audience discussion, this presentation aims to help attendees have a clearer understanding of why suicidality evokes such a wide range of emotions.
Harland Curtis: From Entanglement to Connection: The Transformation of Enactments in Couples Therapy
- Entangled implicit identifications in each partner is what drives couple enactments. With a “surrender” to the inductive pull of these identifications, the attuned couples therapist can gently coax implicit experience into conscious understandings with the use of resonating words.
Session Two (10:15 - 11:45 AM)
- Building on the concept of "micro-trauma," this presentation depicts another problematic pattern, “subservient caretaking.” It then articulates various obstructions and aids to working through cumulative injury to promote maximal psychic change. Highlighted are the roles of “curating one’s interpersonal surround” and cultivating a patient’s subjective well-being.
- A psychotherapist with autism will explain how psychoanalytic concepts saved his life and helped him to achieve a high level of functioning and success in love, parenting, and his private practice. His clinical use of self-disclosure will be discussed.
- “Hineni – Here I am”, Abraham answers when God calls him to sacrifice his son Isaac. I will use this Torah portion, Akedah and relational psychoanalytic concepts to expand our notions of whiteness and sacrifice through a case involving police brutality.
- The interpretation of dreams was the heart and soul of Freud’s psychoanalysis, but dreams are often neglected by modern psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. In this presentation, we will rediscover clinical techniques for playing with dreams in search of personal meaning.
Lunch (12:00 - 1:30 PM): A catered lunch will be provided
Plenary Session (1:30 - 3:30 PM)