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The Unconscious Goes to School: Pedagogical Encounters Between Teachers and Students

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The Unconscious Goes to School: Pedagogical Encounters Between Teachers and Students

Friday, September 22, 2017 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Securities Building
1904 Third Avenue
2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
Sponsored by: 
Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Seattle

This is a 6 week course taught by Rachel Newcombe, LICSW.

 Education is never a neutral endeavor.  The classroom is an environment where teachers and students bring hopes, fears, and unconscious fantasies about what it means to learn. Teaching requires a love of one’s subject matter and a willingness to understand the disruptive nature of learning, for teacher and student. The multi-layered dimension of teaching requires an attentiveness to the teacher/student dyad and unconscious process as it unfolds in a classroom.

This course will be an intergenerational classroom experience where we read and explore what it means to provoke learning.

Topics to be explored

·       Eros an educational principle

·       What constitutes a “mistake” in teaching?

·       How do you engage a resistant learner?

·       What ways do you encounter and work with negative and positive transferences in the classroom?

·       Difference as an ethical encounter

·       How can you engage unconscious process to enhance learning?

·       How can teachers listen to what is not be said?

Class Size limited to 12

Class dates:

September 22, 29

October 6, 13, 20, 27

Class fee: $250.00 (includes readings that are not on PEP)




Contact Person: 
Rachel Newcombe, LICSW
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