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Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis with Roy Barsness, PhD

Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis with Roy Barsness, PhD Date: 2019-10-12 09:00 to 13:00
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Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis with Roy Barsness, PhD

Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:00am to 1:00pm
Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98105
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The Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study is the local chapter of Division 39, American Psychological Association. NWAPS is committed to the study of psychoanalytic psychology and the encouragement of its interests in the professional and general communities. It is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit educational membership organization open to all mental health professionals. 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)

Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis provides a concise and clearly presented handbook for those who wish to study, practice, and teach the core competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis, offering primary skills in a straightforward and useable format.

Roy E. Barsness offers his own research on technique and grounds these methods with superb contributions from several master clinicians, expanding the seven primary competencies: therapeutic intent, therapeutic stance/attitude; analytic listening/attunement; working within the relational dynamic, the use of patterning and linking; the importance of working through the inevitable enactments and ruptures inherent in the work; and the use of courageous speech through disciplined spontaneity. 

In addition, this book presents a history of Relational Psychoanalysis, offers a study on the efficacy of Relational Psychoanalysis, proposes a new relational ethic and attends to the the importance of self-care in working within the intensity of such a model. A critique of the model is offered, issues of race and culture and gender and sexuality are addressed, as well as current research on neurobiology and its impact in the development of the model. The reader will find the writings easy to understand and accessible, and immediately applicable within the therapeutic setting. The practical emphasis of this text will also offer non-analytic clinicians a window into the mind of the analyst, while increasing the settings and populations in which this model can be applied and facilitate integration with other therapeutic orientations.

Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis is inspired by Barsness’ students; he was motivated to create a primary text that could assist them in understanding the often complex and abstract models of Relational Psychoanalysis. Relevant for graduate students and novice therapists as well as experienced clinicians, supervisors, and professors, this textbook offers a foundational curriculum for the study of Relational Psychoanalysis, presents analytic technique with as clear a frame and purpose as evidenced based models, and serves as a gateway into further study in Relational Psychoanalyses.


Dr. Barsness holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Postgraduate Certificate in Family Studies from the Los Angeles Family Institute, and has completed an intensive training program in Psychoanalytic Theory from the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Studies. Dr. Barsness has been a therapist in private practice for more than 25 years.  Additionally he is a professor of counseling psychology at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and teaches at the Brookhaven Institute. Previously Dr. Barsness was Director of Clinical Training at Seattle Pacific University. He has also taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, Antioch University, and the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


Saturday's Schedule:

  • Getting Located: Why are we interested in this work and what has formed us into relational practitioners?  How do people change?
  • Framing Our Learning Together
  • An Overview of the Text:
    • Part I: How it came to be - the research
    • How it is assembled and why
    • Psychoanalysis as "evidence based" treatment
    • Part II: The Seven Core Competencies and the Coda of Love
    • Part III: New Frontiers
  • Three Particular Competencies
    • Chapter Four: Therapeutic Intent
    • Chapter Six: Deep Listening?Affective Attunement
    • Chapter Ten: Courageous Speech/Disciplined Spontaneity 
  • Group Process - What will we take away, what do we wish to share, what questions remain


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Directions: Click here(link is external) for a map to the Laurelhurst Community Center.

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $15 handling fee will be given up until one week before the conference. 

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.75 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 Erin Carruth 206-267-3090.  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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