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Upcoming programs in Washington DC:

These events are of interest to both the general public as well mental health professionals.

Contemporary Freudian Society

Finding Unconscious Fantasy in the Intimacy of the Analytic Encounter: A Book Event Program

One Session Program (3 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Paula L. Ellman, Nancy R. Goodman, Harriet I. Basseches, Irene Cairo, Carolyn Curcio, Kurt Ela, Rogelio Sosnik, and Lisa Schlesinger
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Location: Founders Room, Lower Level, SIS Building – American University, West Side of Intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenue, with parking underground, Washington, DC
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Psychoanalysis views unconscious fantasy as foundational in the understanding of psychic reality and traumatic suffering Psychotherapists and their patients work together to find the depths of mind that create pain and conflict. Our presentations will show how “finding unconscious fantasy” takes place in treatments when narrative, trauma, and body pain become known in the intimacies of transference and countertransference. By “finding” we mean the uncovering, discovering, and imagining of derivatives related to unconscious fantasies both symbolized and unsymbolized.   Our clinical focus on “finding unconscious fantasy” serves to integrate the concepts of trauma and fantasy, mending an historical split in the theories of mind.

PROGRAM:

Nancy Goodman and Paula Ellman begin the panel with summaries of their discoveries in their new book: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma, and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (publisher, Routledge 2017).  Emphasis is on making contact with the patient and understanding the way unconscious fantasies appear as scenes in the theater of the mind.  Case presentations and discussions by all panelists illustrate the ongoing work of therapy where patient and therapist discover evolving unconscious derivatives in the presence of trauma and body pain, along with narrative. Learning how therapeutic work progresses to uncover unconscious fantasy will benefit all psychoanalytic therapists who wish to know more about the psychoanalytic dialogue.

Paula Ellman: Contact and Therapeutic Action

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

Irene Cairo: The Case of “Babette, Interrupted”

Harriet Basseches: Discussion of “Babette, Interrupted”

Rogelio Sosnik:  Searching Unconscious Phantasy – Case and Theory

Carolyn Curcio, Kurt Ela and Lisa Schlesinger will present clinical vignettes

 

Most participants are contributors to a recent book: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body

Pain: A Clinical Guide (Routledge, 2017).

 

Books for Sale at Event: Cash or check only

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Contemporary Freudian Society

Anxiety, Hysteria and Depression: A Clinical Re-View with Dr. David Taylor, Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Dr. David Taylor
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Location: American University, School of International Services, Rm 300, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Time: 7:00-9:00pm

In this paper, David Taylor will present the analysis of a patient whose modes of functioning were characteristic of anxiety hysteria: fecund visual imagery and dreams, pseudo-hallucinations and urgent fears. He will describe how the patient’s use of predominantly visual modes of expression caused the analyst to respond with forms of understanding that amounted to a Quixotic pursuit of what were in effect mirages or illusions. Close observation of this tendency led to understandings that could help the patient tolerate more sustained contact with her psychic reality than might otherwise have been possible.  Eventually that permitted mental growth and development to resume.  Taylor goes on to suggest that observations like these raise questions about some of the mechanisms that Freud postulated in Studies on Hysteria to explain ‘pure’ hysteria which continue to be accepted as facts in some psychoanalytic theories. They may be more accurately regarded today as reactions to the disturbance induced in the analyst by the hysterical patient’s modes of emotional communication. More generally, David Taylor is arguing for a need to restore provisionality to psychoanalytic hypotheses in order that psychoanalysis can recover its capacity to further develop its theories about how the mind works.

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Contemporary Freudian Society

Receptivity and Contact: Clinical Workshop with Dr. David Taylor, Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society

One Session Program (3 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Dr. David Taylor
Date: Saturday, September, 23, 2017
Location: American University, School of International Service, Rm 300, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Time: 10:00am-1:15pm

Dr. David Taylor, an experienced psychoanalyst and teacher in the contemporary Kleinian tradition, will discuss a case presented by Ms. Debra Zatz from the Contemporary Freudian Society.  Dr. Taylor will emphasize the discernment of the point of emotional contact with the patient, and the complex nature of developing one’s receptivity as an analyst to the quality of the patient’s anxiety.  There will be ample discussion with the group, limited to thirty members.

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Contemporary Freudian Society

Listening to Unconscious Dialogue: Creating Meaningful Contact in the Analytic Dyad

One Session Program (6.5 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Speakers: Stefano Bolognini, MD and Abbot Bronstein, PhD; Presenters: Maurice Apprey, PhD, CFS Training Analyst and Debra Zatz, MSW, CFS Member; Discussants: Daniel Ciudin, MD, CFS Member, and Shelley Rockwell, PhD, CFS Training Analyst
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

We are thrilled to have these two leaders in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice join us for a fascinating clinical demonstration and discussion of psychoanalysis today.

Dr. Stefano Bolognini, President of the International Psychoanalytic Association, will discuss his thoughts about Intersubjective, Interpersonal and Interpsychic Theory and Practice.  Dr. Bolognini is with the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.

Dr. Abbot Bronstein will talk about the influence of the Contemporary British Kleinians on clinical practice, looking closely at the moment to moment unfolding of the process.  Dr. Bronstein is with the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Both will respond to a clinical case, each from their own perspective.  There will be time throughout the day for lively discussion among all participants.

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Contemporary Freudian Society

Clinical Case Workshop with Stefano Bolognini, MD

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Stefano Bolognini, MD
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Dr. Bolognini will lead a group discussion about a clinical case.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants.

 

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Contemporary Freudian Society

Clinical Case Workshop with Abbot Bronstein, PhD

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Abbot Bronstein, PhD
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Dr. Bronstein will lead a group discussion about a clinical case.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants.

 

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