A Day with Ofra Eshel
October 22, 2022 — 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dr. Eshel has built on the radical turns in the late works of Bion and Winnicott and brought together insights from a wide range of psychoanalytic writers as well as from her sensitive reading of biblical, poetic and literary sources to lay the groundwork for opening the ontological-experiential dimension of psychoanalytic work. The cornerstones of her approach are the analyst/therapist’s presence (being-there) within the patient’s experiential reality and within the grip of the analytic process, and the ensuing patient-analyst interconnectedness or “wit(h)nessing,” that may deepen into at-one-ment with the patient’s innermost, non-communicating psychic reality. This work comes startlingly alive in a series of compelling clinical case studies that appear in her recent book. These span four decades of work as a psychotherapist and, for the last 30 years, almost exclusively as an analyst, and offer new possibilities for extending the reach of psychoanalytic treatment. At this meeting, Dr. Eshel will present two papers—one on the theories she has developed that underpin her work; the second, an in-depth case presentation of the long analytic treatment of a man with a severe, even life-threatening perversion.
Ofra Eshel, PsyD, is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, a member of the International
Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), an honorary member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP), Los Angeles, and former vice-president of the International
Winnicott Association (IWA). She is founder and head of the post-graduate track “Independent Psychoanalysis: Radical Breakthroughs” at the advanced studies of
the Program of Psychotherapy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Her papers have been published in psychoanalytic journals and book chapters,
translated into six languages and presented at national and international conferences.
She received the Leonard J. Comess Fund grant at NCP (Los Angeles, 2011), the David Hammond grant at MIP (Boston, 2016), was a visiting scholar at PINC (San Francisco, 2013), a visiting lecturer and supervisor at the advanced international training program in Winnicott’s psychoanalysis (Beijing, China, 2018); the lecturer at PCC’s 8th Annual Wilfred Bion Conference (Los Angeles, 2018), and the 2021 Robert Stoller Lecture speaker (NCP, Los Angeles, 2021). She was awarded the 2013 Frances Tustin Memorial Prize, the 2017 Symonds Prize, and the 2022 Leonard J. Comess Award, and in 2012 was featured in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper and magazine) as sixteenth of the fifty most influential women in Israel. She is the co-editor of Was It or Was It Not? When Shadows of Sexual Abuse Emerge in Psychoanalytic Treatment (Carmel, 2017), and author of The Emergence of Analytic Oneness: Into the Heart of Psychoanalysis (Routledge,2019). She is in private practice in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Discussants: Jeff Eaton, Aner Govrin & Nancy Wolf
Jeffrey Eaton, MA, is a graduate and faculty member of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in Seattle, WA. He is a Board Certified Psychoanalyst and a member of the IPA. He received the Frances Tustin Memorial Lecture Prize in 2006. He has been a frequent guest speaker at International Tustin Trust Meetings, International Bion conferences, and a presenter at the Tavistock, London. He is author of A Fruitful Harvest: Essays after Bion as well as several chapters in edited collections. In addition to his private practice he worked for many years for The Alliance Community Psychotherapy Clinic, a project of The Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study. He provides consultation to psychoanalysts in the US, Canada, Israel, and Scotland.
Prof. Aner Govrin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, a training psychoanalyst and the director of the academic/doctoral program, “Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics” at The Department of Hermeneutics and Culture at Bar Ilan University. Prof. Govrin is in private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Tel Aviv. He is a member of the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TAICP). He is the head (together with Channa Ulman) of the program for psychoanalytic psychotherapy at TAICP. He received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in 2001 and was a postdoctoral student at The Derner Institute at Adelphi University in 2003. His books include “Conservative and radical perspectives on psychoanalytic knowledge – The fascinated and the disenchanted” and “Ethics and attachment – How we make moral judgments” (Dvir), published by Routledge in 2019. He is the editor of the series “Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis”.
Nancy H Wolf, LCSW, is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member at the Contemporary Freudian Society. She is past President of the New York Freudian Society (now CFS), 2006 -2009; past chair of the IPA North American Working Parties on Initiating Psychoanalysis. She has been on the planning and steering committee for the Bion in Marrakech conferences. She is a faculty member at the Anni Bergman Parent Infant Program where she teaches on Bion and the Infant. She also teaches a course called Listening to Bion at IPTAR in the Beyond the Basics Program. She has written, published and taught on Melanie Klein and Wilfred R. Bion and has a private practice in New York City.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1) Understand at-one-ment clinically, experientially and theoretically
2) Explain the concepts and clinical experience of presencing and wit(h)nessing
3) Comprehend the radical changes proposed in the late work of Bion and Winnicott
Continuing Education Credits:
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Important Disclosure Information: None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Who Should Attend:
The instructional level for this activity is advanced. Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.