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Learning to Hear: Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics with Donna Orange, PhD

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Learning to Hear: Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics with Donna Orange, PhD

Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:00am to 3:00pm
Seattle Pacific University
Demaray Hall
509 West Bertona
Seattle, WA 98119
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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). 

In this workshop, Donna Orange describes how when suddenly single-sided deaf at the age of 66, hearing became very important to her. Attentive listening informed by Freud, Loewald, Kohut, relationalists and intersubjectivists had allowed much to go missing. Newly attentive to voices silenced by trauma, culture, discrimination and persecution, she explores in this workshop how psychoanalysts might begin to hear missing voices and become more attentive to hearing backwards (Nachträglichkeit).

This workshop will address, without completeness, many questions. How do voices become silenced and what prevents their emergence, particularly in the American context? How does one make white privilege conscious? What responsibility does psychoanalysis hold for the silencing, and for hearing and responding? If the gift of the psychoanalytic tradition to the world is to provide an invitation to such hearing, what attitudes does such a gift require cultivating among us? How does the ethical turn relate to daily clinical work?

Presenter: Educated in philosophy, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, Dr. Donna Orange teaches at NYU Postdoctoral Program and IPSS (Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York). Recent books are Thinking for Clinicians (2010), The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011), Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians (2016) and Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2017), and Learning to Hear: Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics (2019).  

9-10:30 am  Learning to hear: lecture and discussion
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45-12 pm Silencing in the history of psychoanalysis
12-1pm Lunch
1-3 pm Ethical hearing workshop: what helps and hinders?  Audience participation.

Accommodations: The Alliance strives to host an inclusive event that enables all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability, to comfortably attend and access presentation materials.  So we can better meet your needs, please let us know at least two weeks in advance if you have a special accommodation request. 

Financial Need: If you are experiencing financial need and would like to discuss reduced admission, please let us know within two weeks of the event. 

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 an SPU campus map.  Free parking is in lot #45 and the event is in Demeray Hall, building #8 on the map.

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

Program Committee: Erin Carruth, MA, LMHC, Co-Chair.  John Allemand, PhD, LICSW, Co-Chair. Cheryl Henry, MA, LMHC. Deb Gruber, MA, LMHC.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 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 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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