This workshop is an extension and application of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s working party on “Unconscious Theories in the Mind of the Analyst at Work,” which has been exploring ways in which the dynamic unconscious present in the analyst’s mind can be seen in the interaction between patient and analyst.
The workshop leader, Dr. Alberto “Tito” Pieczanski, will explain the mechanics of the work group and provide a brief conceptual and historical introduction, after which Dr. Rickard will introduce her work with the her analysand, and then read detailed process notes. After listening to the session, attendees will try to infer unconscious dynamics in the analyst’s mind as they are evidenced in the clinical material. The group will attempt to discover unconscious theories in the analytic process, and if detected, they will try to understand how the analyst’s unconscious theories compare with her consciously held theories and how these unconscious theories inform the content and style of the analyst’s interventions.
- The instructional level of this program is advanced and specific to psychoanalytic thinking. Attendance is limited to 20 analysts or to students who have completed or are currently in their fourth year of training.
- Attendees must complete the entire workshop. Partial attendance negatively affects group dynamics.
- The group’s role is not to supervise the presenter. Nor will we evaluate treatment results. Our job will be to establish the thoughts and theories that informed Dr. Rickard’s interventions and infer the unconscious dynamics that might have been involved.
- Dr. Rickard will not participate in the group discussion, but at the end will share her viewpoint about the workshop including its value in understanding her work and her patient.
Albert I. Pieczanski, MD completed Medical School in Buenos Aires, specializing in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. He completed his first psychoanalytic training at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association in Buenos Aires where he is a Full member and Training Analyst. He subsequently completed a second training at The British Psychoanalytic in London. Dr. Pieczanski has also trained as a child psychoanalyst. In London, he practiced at both the Tavistock and the Portman Clinics. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association and since 2012 he has been a member of the IPA Working Party that is researching a model to infer the unconscious of the analyst while working. He is currently in private practice in Washington, DC and teaches, supervises, and leads study groups locally.
Kathryn Rickard, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Chevy Chase and Silver Spring Maryland. She received her Psy.D. From GWU in 2005 and became a member of the Contemporary Freudian Society in 2016. Dr. Rickard treats children and adults and has special interests in trauma and panic disorder.
After attending this program, participants will be able to:
- State three unconscious phantasies that the group saw in the analyst as she was working with her patient.
- Describe the organization of these phantasies in the analyst’s inner world.
- Demonstrate how the inferred phantasies inform the analyst’s interpretations.
- Articulate areas of the session presented that demonstrated the influence of the analyst’s unconscious phantasies on the patient.
- Explain one in which the analyst’s conscious and unconscious theories coincide.
- List two ways in which the analyst’s conscious and unconscious theories differ.
Who should attend
The instructional level of this program is advanced and specific to psychoanalytic thinking. Attendance is limited to 20 analysts or to students who have completed or are currently in their fourth year of training.
CFS Members $180
Non-CFS Members $200
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $50
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com or 732-446-4867.