* This is the first of three seminars with the same format and presenter. Additional dates will be April 5th and May 3rd. Separate Registration required for each date.
This clinical seminar will provide a forum for discussing challenges that emerge in therapeutic work with patients. Led by Ann Rudovsky, the seminar will demonstrate a psychoanalytic approach to clinical process, ways of listening to and thinking about patients that can lead to a deepening of the treatment. Attendees are invited to bring in case vignettes of complicated issues with which they are struggling. These may include impasses, feelings of "stuckness", instances of subtle devaluation of the therapist or the treatment, varied manifestations of resistance to the transference or to change altogether. Attention will be paid to the use of primitive defenses—splitting, projective identification, denial and omnipotence—as well as to associated feelings of shame, envy and aggression. And of course, impasses always find corollaries in the countertransference, the therapist’s own feelings—induced and otherwise—that are important to understand as they can provide a deeper understanding of the patient and the evolving treatment.
Ann Rudovsky is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1) Generate at least one new hypothesis in a difficult clinical situation by listening in a more open-ended way to the patient
2) Describe the transference and countertransference dynamics or a prevalent defense a patient has mobilized in a previously puzzling clinical encounter
3) Think of at least two new strategies for working with patients where there is a strong feeling of impasse
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.
CFS Members $45
Non-CFS Members $45
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $30
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com or 732-446-4867.