The psychoanalytic community of the Northwest enjoys an abundance of experience, training and expertise representing much of the psychoanalytic landscape. It is the aim of the Forum, our annual conference, to share this wealth with our members and the community at large.
To this end, the 29th annual Forum welcomes presentations on topics of interest to the psychoanalytic community. These presentations/learning experiences may be in a variety of formats: experiential (clinical demonstration, art, music, etc), panels, facilitated group discussion, paper or mixed media. Recognizing that there are many ways to teach and learn, we again welcome a diversity of presentation styles.
This year we invite presenters to consider the theme of Reaching, Stretching and Expanding; in psychoanalytic education and writing, clinical practice, theoretical development and social justice. Where must we as individuals and as a profession go to reach those who have felt excluded from our ideas? How can we stretch outside of our comfort zones to recognize and incorporate other voices? How might an expanded definition of psychoanalysis enrich and enliven the field and reach the most traumatized and marginalized people in our world?
As always, we invite presenters, both new and seasoned, to share their thinking of ideas "in process" as well as those more refined. The overall goal of the conference is to nourish and encourage our multidisciplinary learning community in sharing and open discussion. We welcome contributions pertaining to the psychoanalytic therapies and to the psychoanalytically/clinically relevant exploration of theory, art, literature, philosophy, anthropology and history.
Presentation proposals are subject to blind review by the Forum committee and should conform to the following guidelines:
- Submit via email, thorough proposals or papers with a separate cover sheet stating the presentation/paper title, presenter/author name, email address and telephone number and main professional affiliations.
- The proposal should be double-spaced and include only its title as a header with no other identifying information. It should also include three learning objectives.
- Time for each presentation is 90 minutes and should allow for equal time of presentation and discussion.
- Submission should include an abstract of no more that 40 words for inclusion in the conference brochure.
Submissions are due by midnight on Friday, January 5, 2018.
The Forum Conference Committee:
Michael Allison (chair)
Rebecca Brabo Silva