Analysts and psychoanalytic therapists are experiencing the pandemic in real time with our patients. We may experience it differently and our responses will vary. But unlike anytime since 9/11, American therapists are being called on to care for our patients even as we adjust to the same unpredictability and anxieties we are helping them face. We are all in this Covid-19 boat together and we don't know what’s next.
Analytic therapists appreciate the unknown, we seek uncharted territory. But what becomes of the work when therapist and patient are watching the same traumatic event unfold and making meaning of the same things in real time? Our patients’ uncertainty is our uncertainty. How does that change the work? How does it change us? What are the unique vulnerabilities of this moment that we acknowledge to ourselves but don’t dare speak aloud?
If a therapist feels uncertain in a treatment, an analytic rule of thumb is to consider countertransference.
In this 5-part series, I hope to engage with participants in a rigorous and empathic exploration of how we can manage our experience of the pandemic as it continues to unfold with no end in sight.
In each of five sessions, we will engage articles and podcasts by therapists and analysts from around the world who are also managing the pandemic and their own countertransference. Participants will be encouraged to discuss case material as it relates to their own countertransference and how they have managed and/or struggled during the pandemic.
Instructor: Kim Richan is a clinical social worker and has had a Seattle based private practice for 11 years. Kim has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study and is the creator of the Alliance’s first “list-serv.” In her personal time, Kim enjoys studying Disaster Preparedness and is a supporter of Animal Rights.
Fees: $150 for Members and $180 for non-members
Financial Need: If you are experiencing financial need and would like to discuss a reduced registration, please contact instructor.
Refund Policy: Refunds less a $10 handling fee will be given up until one week before the first class.