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Contemporary Freudian Society

CREATING THINKING SPACES “Analyst and Patient in the Here and Now: A Comparative Clinical Methods Workshop”

One Session Program (4 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Abbot A. Bronstein, PhD
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Location: The Fenton Room, Second Floor, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Parking – free parking in public lot across the street from Civic Center on Ellsworth
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm (12-1 Lunch Break)

The Working Party on Comparative Clinical Methods (CCM) has been designed to allow analysts to talk across theoretical, linguistic, and cultural boundaries in order to study the implicit and explicit clinical theories psychoanalysts use in their consulting rooms.  During CCM Working Party meetings, groups of analysts gather to work on explicating particular aspects of the analytic process.

This program will be a workshop on the process and method of the Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party.  Dr. Bronstein will provide clinical material that includes interventions, taken from the analytic process material of six analysts, who span the spectrum of analytic schools in North America, from Kleinian, Freudian, Relational, and Kohutian.  We will explore together the method and the steps followed in the full two-day working party clinical meetings.  Attendees will be presented with the task of understanding how the analyst works.  The workshop group will focus both on the overall method, as well as specifically look at how analysts interpret in their work with patients.  We will also have clinical material from a child analysis to contrast and compare with the work of adult analysts.

Following a brief presentation on interpretation, the group will work using the “Steps 1 and 2” developed by the CCM Working Party in Europe and adapted by the North American Working Party.  Step 1 attempts to describe the six kinds of interventions analysts make.  Step 2 helps clarify the theory the analyst has and uses about psychopathology, how analysis works itself, the analyst’s view of transference, and other categories that together comprise an analyst’s clinical method.  Attendees will consider the function and purpose of each “intervention” in depth (Step 1), and then construct, from their discussion of the clinical material, a picture of the presenter’s work (Step 2).  In this workshop, the specific focus will be on the way analysts use interpretation and, in particular, how interpretation in the “here and now” is understood by different analysts in their clinical work.

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