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Contemporary Freudian Society

Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Body Pain and Trauma

One Session Program (3 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Paula Ellman, Carolyn Ellman, Nancy Goodman, Janice Lieberman, Batya Monder, and Arlene Kramer Richards
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Location: Mt. Sinai's Goldwurm Auditorium, Madison Ave @ 98th St, NYC
Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Nancy Goodman and Paula Ellman chair the two parts of this program introducing discoveries from their new book, Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma, and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (publisher, Routledge 2017. The presentations by contributors in the book demonstrate the way Trauma and Body Pain join and interweave with Narrative in discovering dimensions of unconscious life causing pain and conflict for patients.  Emphasis is on the processes involved to make contact with the patient and with unconscious fantasies appearing as scenes in the “theater of the mind”. Contributors to the book present close process material with patients where body pain and trauma mix with unconscious fantasy.   Throughout these explorations of “finding unconscious fantasy” the interplay of transference and countertransference is focal as enactments evolve to uncover the unsymbolized traumatic mind along with fantasy narratives. Learning how therapeutic work progresses to uncover unconscious fantasy will benefit all psychoanalytic therapists who wish to know more about the psychoanalytic dialogue especially when trauma occupies the mind.

Nancy Goodman: Introduction - Part I

Nancy Goodman: The “Finding Theater” A Schema for Finding Unconscious Fantasy

Janice Lieberman: “Not Quite a Princess”: A Clinical Case

Carolyn Ellman: “Mirror, Mirror on the wall: who’s the fairest of us all.”  Comments on

Janice Lieberman’s case

Paula Ellman: Introduction - Part II    

Arlene Kramer Richards: “Fantasy and Trauma”

Paula Ellman: “A Soma Case of Pain”

Batya Monder: “Discussion of Paula Ellman’s case”

Participants are contributors to a recent book: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (Routledge, 2017).

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