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Forum Conference

2018 Forum Conference Date: 2018-04-14 09:00 to 15:00
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2018 Forum Conference

Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:00am to 3:00pm
Shoreline Conference Center
18560 First Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
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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.
This year, the theme is Reaching, Stretching and Expanding; in psychoanalytic education and writing, clinical practice, theoretical development and social justice. Where must we as individuals and as a profession go to reach those who have felt excluded from our ideas? How can we stretch outside of our comfort zones to recognize and incorporate other voices? How might an expanded definition of psychoanalysis enrich and enliven the field and reach the most traumatized and marginalized people in our world?

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

Bob Bergman: The Eyes of Oedipus

Julie Cake: "Whispers of Heavenly Death": Challenging the Mythos of the Confederate War Hero

Erin Pierson and Rachel Newcombe: The Collective Anxiety of Therapists Encountering Suicidal Patients

Harland Curtis: From Stultifying Entanglement to Discovery and Growth: The Couple's Therapist Use of Self


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

Margaret Crastnopol: Getting Better: Impediments and Aids to Psychic Change
Micah Levenson: Presenting Autism
Karen Weisbard:Hineni - Here I Am: Expanding Our Notions of Whiteness and Sacrifice in the Context of Police Brutality
Daniel Benveniste: The Serious Business of Playing With Dreams


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

Between Danger and Desire: An afternoon with Seattle's Civic Poet Anastacia-Renée.  

Join us for an afternoon of performed readings by Anastacia-Renée Tolbert. Awarded the honor of Seattle's Civic Poet by The Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Tolbert is a writer, performance artist and educator whose work addresses "the delicate boundary between danger and discomfort-- she explores feminism through motherhood, race, trauma, and grief."

After her own performance, Anastacia-Renée will facilitate storytelling from our audience-the Alliance community, inviting all of you to disrupt us with your own stories of danger and desire.

For questions, please contact Michael Allison:

The Forum Conference Committee:
David Allen
Michael Allison (chair)
Matthew Brooks
Rebecca Brabo Silva
Gloria Tolpin
Gillian Vik
Contact Person: 
Michael Allison
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