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Into the Mind of the Psychoanalytic Therapist: When the Personal Becomes Professional - Steven Kuchuck, DSW

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Into the Mind of the Psychoanalytic Therapist: When the Personal Becomes Professional - Steven Kuchuck, DSW

Saturday, October 6, 2018 9:00am to 3:00pm
Seattle Pacific University
3310 6th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
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In this workshop, Steven Kuchuck explores the impact of the therapist’s life experience and psychological make-up on the treatment. By expanding psychoanalytic study to include an examination of events in the clinician’s childhood and adult life as well as related psychodynamic issues, Dr. Kuchuck focuses on ways in which these experiences, crises, and dynamics affect both clinical choices and the tenor of the therapist’s presence in the consulting room. Related, he looks at the relationship between the clinician’s subjectivity, theoretical interests, and technique, and explores areas of overlap and differentiation between two phenomena that are often confused; the larger issue of the therapist’s subjectivity, and self-disclosure. 

When subjectivity becomes bracketed or dissociated, access to countertransference and insight into how the therapist affects the patient becomes limited; therapeutic data may be missed.  Dr. Kuchuck therefore addresses various ways of tracking and using subjectivity in order to further the therapeutic action. He also considers the impact on the treatment of the therapist’s temperament, conflicts around being seen or hidden, and struggles with self-care.   Steven's talk on Saturday will be based on his book Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst's Life Experience.  Note that three chapters are written by three of our recent speakers, Kenneth Frank, Galit Atlas and Philip Ringstrom and one chapter from local psychoanalyst, Sally Bjorklund.  

Steven Kuchuck, DSW, LCSW is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives Co-Editor; Routledge Relational Perspectives Book Series,  President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) and Board Member, supervisor, faculty, Co-Director of Curriculum for the psychoanalytic training program at NIP, and faculty/supervisor at the NIP National Training Program, Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and other institutes. Dr. Kuchuck lectures nationally and internationally and his teaching and writing focus primarily on the clinical impact of the therapist’s subjectivity. In 2015 and 2016 he won the Gradiva Award for best psychoanalytic book: Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional and The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (co-edited with Adrienne Harris). His clinical and supervisory practice is in Manhattan and he also offers individual and group consultation online. More information is available at  


Learning Objectives for CE:

  1. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to identify at least two ways in which their life experience affected a theoretical choice or clinical intervention that they made.
  2. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to list 2-3 reasons why it is important to track their subjective responses to patients.
  3. At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to give at least one example of how identifying a moment in which an aspect of their subjectivity impacted a clinical choice led to a therapeutic gain.

For this event, SPU is asking that we pre-pay for lunches which you will notice on the registration form.  For those of you not familiar with the SPU campus, there are few other eating options so we suggest you select this option.  The cafeteria offers a wide variety of food to meet most dietary needs.    


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