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“Being-With”: A Non-Interpretive Analytic Approach to Psychic Change with Bruce Reis, PhD

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“Being-With”: A Non-Interpretive Analytic Approach to Psychic Change with Bruce Reis, PhD

Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
Seattle University: Advancement and Alumni Building
Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room
824 12th Ave, corner 12th and Marion
Seattle, WA 98122
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This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 5.5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This presentation also meets the requirements of WAC 246-809-620 (definition of recognized categories of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers).

There will be no recording of this live event; in person participation only.  Registration is limited to 60 participants. 

The Distinguished Speakers Series is pleased to announce that Dr. Reis will also be presenting a Master Class structured around his seminal paper, "Zombie States: Reconsidering the Relationship Between Life and Death Instincts" on Friday, October 21st, 2022, at NPSI, 2701 1st Ave, Suite 120, Seattle, WA 98121, from 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.  3.0 CEU credits available.  Participants who register for both events will receive a 50% discount on pricing for Saturday's full day presentation.  To receive the discount code, please register for the Friday evening presentation first and you will recieve the discount code for Saturday's event in your confirmation email.  

What leads to psychic change and growth?  In psychoanalytic treatment, it is more than the words used by analyst and patient.  Dr. Bruce Reis has written extensively on non-interpretative mutative factors in treatment—his own work incorporating British Independent and French (non-Lacanian) psychoanalytic approaches to working analytically.  

Drawing also on his interest in philosophy and his experience as a member of the Boston Change Process Study Group, Dr. Reis will discuss his conceptualization of “being-with” patients, a process and depth-oriented approach focused (following the work of Winnicott) on states of being.  Consistent with what Ogden (2019) has recently termed an “ontological psychoanalysis”, Reis will emphasize an analytic approach that does not have to do with gaining understanding, representing the unrepresented, or symbolizing the unsymbolized.   

Dr. Reis’s discussion will draw from two papers: “The Analyst’s Listening: For, To, With” (2021) and “Creative Repetition and Intersubjectivity” (2019) which will be used to illustrate the approach he takes in working non-interpretatively with analytic patients and with primal mental states.  Discussion will include topics such as the uses of interpretation; what the word “communication” means in psychoanalysis; issues of technique as related to analytic goals and models of mind; and finally, the role of enactive processes in facilitating therapeutic change. 

Participants will be encouraged to share clinical and theoretical perspectives and experiences in creating a group discussion on these themes.  All participants will receive a copy of both papers upon registration.

Reis, B.  (2021).  The analyst’s listening: For, to, with.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 102(2): 219-235.

Reis, B.  (2019).  Creative repetition.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 100(6): 1306-1320.

Bruce Reis, Ph.D., FIPA, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York; an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and a member of the Boston Change Process Study Group.  Dr. Reis is Regional North American Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis as well as its North American book review editor.  He has previously served on the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly and Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  He is the author of Creative Repetition and Intersubjectivity (Routledge, 2020) and co-editor (with Robert Grossmark) of Heterosexual Masculinities (Routledge, 2009).


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to distinguish "visual" forms of analytic listening from "auditory" forms of analytic listening. 
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate how repetition is the pathway to its own resolution. 
  • Participants will be able to identify three levels of analytic listening.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate the importance of the analyst moving from the position of the object of repetition to the object of play in the patient's mind.
  • Participants will be able to identify evidence of the complexities of listening to unconscious material.

Recent publications:

  • Reis, B.  (2020).  Creative repetition and intersubjectivity: Contemporary Freudian explorations of trauma, memory, and clinical process.  New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Reis, B.  (2018).  Being-with: From infancy through philosophy to psychoanalysis.  Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 38(2): 130-137.
  • Reis, B.  (2018).  Mingling and stretching: Revisiting Arlow’s “Fantasy, memory, and reality testing”.  Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(1): 159-170.
  • Boston Change Process Study Group (2018).  Moving through and being moved by: Embodiment in development and in the therapeutic relationship.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 54(2): 299-321.  DOI: 10.1080/00107530.2018.1456841
  • Boston Change Process Study Group (2018).  Engagement and emergence of a charged other.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 54(3): 540-559.
  • Reis, B.  (2016).  Monsters, dreams and madness: Commentary on “The arms of the chimera”.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 97(2): 479-488.

Participants: This event is designed for graduate level students in mental health and all mental health professionals from introductory to advanced levels.  The presentation is geared for clinicians who wish to advance their knowledge and expand their skill base in psychodynamic clinical work.

Directions:  Click here for campus map.  The Advancement and Alumni building is located at the corner of 12th and Marion.  Parking is available in the visitor parking lot highlighted on the campus map.   

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $35 handling fee will be given up until three weeks before the presentation.

This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 5.5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists.  Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to John Allemand at  There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.  Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program's content.

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