Within the field of contemporary psychoanalysis Donnel Stern’s concept of unformulated experience attempts to focus on analytic, affect-rich moments that are felt before they are understood by either party in the analytic space. Drawing on both the Interpersonal approach and the Relational turn in psychoanalytic thinking and practice, this three-week course will highlight and explore, through readings and discussions, Stern’s unique perspective on working with unconscious material that is unavailable for verbal articulation.
Contemporary relational psychoanalysis’ shift to understanding the patient through the interactive effects of the therapeutic dyad requires a different language from the more historical objectivist stance that relied on authoritative interpretations by the analyst.
We understand that race is a social construct and not biological. We see that the invention of whiteness in the US has created a
disturbance in the US American collective psyche. Talking honestly about race continues to be awkward, uncomfortable
As clinicians we are uniquely poised to influence our client’s awareness of their self images, object relations, and internal
structures. This seminar asks us to explore and consider the added layer of the racial complex and how it influences this awareness and impacts mental health.
Philip Bromberg offered a helpful way of thinking about enactment in therapy, as the “royal road” by which dissociated experience can come to be known and worked through. As Bromberg implied in his use of the image of “potholes” to describe the bumpiness of this “road,” enactments often hurt! And may feel like a breakdown. One of the hardest experiences for therapist and patient alike is when an enactment of trauma seems too big to work through together.
This class has been cancelled.