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Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field with Donnel B. Stern, PhD

Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field with Donnel B. Stern, PhD Date: 2022-02-26 09:00 to 16:00
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Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field with Donnel B. Stern, PhD

Saturday, February 26, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm
via Zoom
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Presenter: Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D is Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City; Clinical Consultant and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; and faculty, New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Stern is the Founder and Editor of the Routledge book series, "Psychoanalysis in a New Key,” which has 65 books in print and another 15 in various stages of completion. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He serves as Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and is a member of the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

Dr. Stern has written many articles, book chapters, and four books: Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis (1997); Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment (2010); Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field (2015); and The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal (2018). Dr. Stern is in private practice in New York City, where he sees adolescents and adults in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, does clinical consultation, and leads private study groups.

Learning objectives:  

• Workshop participants will be able to describe the ways in which the concepts of unformulated experience, dissociation, and enactment differ from one another and how they are used in clinical practice.

• Workshop participants will be able to describe the nature of the formulation of experience in clinical practice and the roles of witnessing and "coming into possession of oneself" in this process. 


Stern, D. B. (2019). The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal. New York: Routledge.

Stern, D., & Hirsch, I. (Eds.). (2018). Further Developments in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, 1980s—2010s: Evolving Interests in the Analyst’s Subjectivity. New York: Routledge.

Stern, D. B., & Hirsch, I. (Eds.). (2017). The Interpersonal Perspective in Psychoanalysis, 1960s—1990s: Rethinking Transference and Countertransference. New York: Routledge.

Stern, D. B. (2015). Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field. New York: Routledge.

Stern, D. B. (2010). Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment. New York: Routledge.

Stern, D. B. (1997). Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.

Recent Articles:

Stern, D. B. (2015). The interpersonal field: Its place in American psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 25 (3), 388-404.

Stern, D. B. (2017). Interpersonal psychoanalysis: History and current status. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 53 (1), 69-94.

Stern, D. B. (2017). Unformulated experience, dissociation and NachtraglichkeitJournal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 62 (4), 501-525.

Stern, D. B. (2018). Otherness in psychoanalysis: On recognizing the critics of relational psychoanalysis. In L. Aron, L. S. Grand, & J. Slochower (Eds.), Decentering relational therapy: A comparative critique (pp. 27-48). London: Routledge.

Stern, D. B. (2019). Constructivism in the age of Trump: Truth, lies, and knowing the difference. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29 (2), 189-196.

Stern, D. B. (2019). How I work with unconscious process: A case example. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 55 (4), 336-348.

Stern, D. B. (2019). Unformulated experience and the relational turn. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 39 (2), 127-135.

Stern, D. B. (2020). Field theory and the dream sense: Continuing the comparison of interpersonal/relational theory and Bionian filed theory. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30 (5), 538-553.


New Books in Psychoanalysis: The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal (Routledge, 2019):

“Witnessing Across Time” (2016):

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.

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $35 handling fee will be given up until one week before the conference. 

This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 6.0 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 John Allemand at 253-509-8302.  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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