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The Transitory Self: The Psychosomatic Function of Dissociation in Daily Life and in the Clinical Setting

March 16, 2024 — 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

This videoconference is co-sponsored by The Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS) and The Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS)

Presenter: Peter Goldberg, PhD

Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST); 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PST)

One-Session Program: 2 CEs

Content Level: Intermediate

Member Fee: $80.00; Candidate/Student Fee: $50.00

Course Description:

This program will consider dissociation as a distinct and universal phenomenon that serves specific functions in mental life, distinguishable from both repression and splitting. The particular workings of psychosomatic dissociation will be described in terms of ongoing adjustments in the mind’s relation to somatic states, and accompanying alterations in consciousness. I will highlight the role played by the dissociative mechanism in transitions between self states, both in everyday life and in the therapy situation. The importance of transient altered states, which enable new and creative forms of mind-body experience, will be contrasted with the pathological retreat into alter worlds – rigidly organized, timeless, often inescapable trance-like states of mind-body dislocation. We will consider the role of the therapist’s states of attention and sensory engagement with the patient, along with the role of the clinical frame, in the treatment of dissociative states of depersonalization and isolation.

Peter Goldberg is a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, is Chair of Faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and on the faculty of the Wright Institute in Berkeley. He is a co-author of Here I’m Alive: The Spirit of Music in Psychoanalysis (Columbia University Press, 2023) and has written and presented widely on a range of clinical and theoretical topics including the evolution of clinical theory in psychoanalysis, psychosomatic dissociation, sensory experience in analysis and cultural life, transitional mechanisms and the function of the analytic frame, non-representational states, and the impact of social trauma on individual psychology.

 Learning objectives:

 After this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the workings of dissociation from those of repression and splitting.
  2. Distinguish between everyday transient alterations in consciousness and the rigid alter-worlds of dissociative illness
  3. Identify the function of the clinical frame and the therapist’s modes of engagement in the treatment of dissociative states.


Goldberg, P. (2020). Body-Mind Dissociation, Altered States, and Alter Worlds. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 68:769-806

Gurevich, H. (2015). The language of absence and the language of tenderness: Therapeutic transformation of early psychic trauma and dissociation as resolution of the “identification with the aggressor.” fort da 21:  45-65.

Purcell, S.D. (2019). Psychic song and dance: Dissociation and duets in the analysis of trauma. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 88:  315-347.

Who Should Attend: 

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.

Continuing Education Credits:

NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.

NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (DC, MD and VA Psychologist licensing boards accept CE credits provided by an APA approved Sponsor. All other psychologists should check with their licensing boards.)

DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor.

CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program. No partial credit will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted CE credits.

Important Disclosure Information: There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds will be issued if notification of cancellation is received one week prior to the start of the course.

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March 16, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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