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Forum 2017: An Annual Conference on Theory and Practice

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Forum 2017: An Annual Conference on Theory and Practice

Saturday, April 8, 2017 8:30am to 3:30pm
Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
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Responding Psychoanalytically to Trauma, Otherness, and the State of the World

The psychoanalytic community of the Northwest enjoys an abundance of experience, training and expertise representing much of the psychoanalytic landscape. It is the aim of the Forum, our annual conference, to share this wealth with our members and the community at large. 

Recent world events have highlighted the trauma of otherness from many perspectives and directions. The other of color, the other of gender, the other of sexual orientation...the list goes on. For many of us, the other is someone who voted other than us. All of these others correspond to others within ourselves. How do we reckon with the divisive, frightening forces unleashed by the rhetoric and likely policies of the incoming presidential administration as psychoanalytically informed clinicians? How can we support and contain the dysregulation these forces have caused our clients and patients, while also attending to our own dysregulation? How can we organize and respond as activist-therapists while maintaining our ethical obligations? We must find a way to come together as a community to address these questions and many more.

2017 NWAPS Forum Presenters - click here for program details  

Session One (8:30 - 10:00 AM)

Bob Bergman: A Supreme Fiction: Wallace Stevens and Donald Trump

Robin McCoy Brooks and Lusijah Marx: Psychoanalytic Subject as Political Possibility: One community’s revolutionary response to the impossible demands of the neighbor 

Daniel Benveniste: Recognizing the Transference in Psychotherapy: Who do you think you’re talkin’ to?

Karen Weisbard, Karol Marshall, and Jenae Kronbach: We Can Survive This: An Intergenerational Journey through Disembodiment and Dissociation

Session Two (10:15 - 11:45 AM)

Matthew Brooks: Collective trauma and therapist disclosure

Robert Campbell, MD: Ski Lift Case

Sandra Christensen,Tanya Ruckstuhl,and Gillian Vik: What Happens to the Alchemist?

Joan Golston and Ken Kimmel: Taking in the Camp Guard and turning away from the Consoling Rescuer:  Lessons from a Holocaust Survivor

Plenary Session (1:30 - 3:30 PM)

Responding Psychoanalytically to Trauma, Otherness and the State of the World -  A Panel Discussion

How can psychoanalysis help us as clinicians and citizens in the post-election world? A panel of presentations followed by group discussion on the political nature of psychoanalysis, projective identification as communication, the distortion of reality, time and history, and the trauma of otherness.

The panel will consist of:

  • Joseph Canarelli
  • Katherine Weissbourd
  • Shierry Nicholsen
  • Carol Poole, moderator


Postmarked or paid by April 1:
Alliance member: $110
Nonmember: $130
Student (Alliance member): $85
Student (nonmember): $100
Proceedings: $15

Postmarked after April 1 or at the door:
Alliance member: $120
Nonmember: $140
Student (Alliance member): $85
Student (nonmember): $100
Proceedings: $15


Please note: Previous conferences were held in the the south end of the Shoreline Conference Center. This year, classrooms for the morning presentations will be in the north end, in the following rooms:  Highlander, Mt. Rainier, Spartan, and Arden. 

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