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Intersubjectivity: The work of Jessica Benjamin with Roy Barsness, PhD

Intersubjectivity: The work of Jessica Benjamin with Roy Barsness, PhD Date: 2021-02-05 13:30 to 16:30
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Intersubjectivity: The work of Jessica Benjamin with Roy Barsness, PhD

Friday, February 5, 2021 1:30pm to 4:30pm
via Zoom
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Psychoanalyst Jessica Benjamin, one of our most innovative contemporary psychoanalytic thinkers, expands clinical theory beyond the intrapsychic and situates change and transformation into the rich and complex theory of intersubjectivity, the Third and mutual recognition. This three-hour seminar will focus on psychic processes and the growth of the mind in terms of the bi-directionality of the therapeutic relationship both conscious and unconscious, the inevitable breakdowns that occur in psychotherapy and repair.

Instructor: Dr. Barsness is a Clinical Psychologist, Professor and the Founder and Executive Director of Relationally-Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT). Dr. Barsness is the author of Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis: A Guide to Practice Study and Research (Routledge, 2018; Italian trans. 2020). He is currently a Professor at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, was formerly the Clinical Director of the Psychology Doctoral Program at Seattle Pacific University, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Course Outline

1:30 -1:45: Introductions

1:45 - 2:30: A Case Study

2:30 - 3:00: Jessica Benjamin and Intersubjectivity

3:00 - 3:10: Break

3:10 - 3:30: Conflict Model Revisited:

  • Enactment
  • Interlocks
  • Impasses
  • Complementarity

3:30 - 4:00 The Third

  • Rhythmic Third
  • Differentiating Third
  • The Moral Third

4:00 - 4:15 Mutual Recognition

4:15 - 4:30: What have you learned today?

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants completing this seminar will be able to describe and make use of intersubjective theory as a means by which the psychoanalytic therapist can cultivate skills for closely attuned, creative analytic participation.
  • Participants completing this seminar will be able to apply practical disciplines when working within intersubjective space, in particular the emergence of the Third and mutual recognition in the resolution of binary interlocks.

Class Size: Space is available for 15 participants

Fee: $75 for Alliance Members, $90 for Non-members

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $10 handling fee will be given up until one week before the seminar.



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