Understanding Unformulated Experience and Relational Field Theory: An Introduction to the Work of Donnel B. Stern with Hemda Arad, PhD

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.

Speaking Relationally: From Interpretation to Complex Dialogue in Relational Psychoanalysis with Dr. Roy Barsness

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.

Theory, Practice and the Racial Cultural Complex; A personal/professional confluence of knowing with Cathy Henschel-McGerry, MA, LMHC and Walter McGerry, MA, LMHC

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
and taboo.

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.

Potholes on the Royal Road: Rupture, Enactment, and Repair in Psychoanalytically-informed Therapy with Carol Poole, MA, LMHC

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.

Foundations of Contemporary Theory on Sex with Sally Bjorklund, MA, LMHC

In this 4-part series we will study the “must read” authors whose ideas are central to current perspectives on sex. We will begin with Foucault who traces how sex changed from something we do, to who we are. Sex went from a quotidian part of life to something that had to be talked about endlessly—to the priest in the confessional and to the analyst.


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