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The Untelling: Enactment, Time and Narrative in Psychoanalysis with Robert Grossmark, PhD

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The Untelling: Enactment, Time and Narrative in Psychoanalysis with Robert Grossmark, PhD

Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:00am to 1:30pm
via Zoom
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Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This presentation also meets the requirements of WAC 246-809-620 (definition of recognized categories of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers). 

Early traumas - whether massive or ongoing and cumulative - and neglect are not encoded in the symbolic and representational register. They exist in a dimension that is neither past nor present, an “unpast” that shadows experience and interaction. These pre-experiences become manifest in the enacted dimension of individual and group treatment. Mutual enactments are regarded as emergent narratives of what has yet to have form in the patient’s mind and the analyst unobtrusively companions the patient into an unconscious “untelling” of the “unpast” and lets these enactments speak in their own register. The field of the treatment comes to incarnate dimensions of the primal psyche, often capturing zones of timelessness, spacelessness and formlessness where “everything happens at once” and self and other are indistinguishable. Vivid clinical examples will be offered to illustrate these concepts.

ROBERT GROSSMARK, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He works with individuals, groups, and couples and conducts psychoanalytic reading and supervision groups. He teaches and supervises at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies Program in Adult Psychoanalysis, The National Training Program in Psychoanalysis, The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and other psychoanalytic institutes and clinical psychology doctoral programs.

He has authored numerous papers on psychoanalytic process and the recently published book The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning. He co-edited the books, The One & The Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy and Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory, all published by Routledge.



Grossmark, R.  (2018).  The unobtrusive relational analyst: Explorations in psychoanalytic companioning.  New York: Routledge.

Grossmark, R. & Wright, F.  (Eds.).  (2014).  The one and the many: Relational approaches to group psychotherapy.  New York: Routledge

Reis, B. & Grossmark, R.  (Eds.).  (2009).  Heterosexual masculinities: Contemporary perspectives from psychoanalytic gender theory.  New York: Routledge.

Grossmark, R.  (2012).  The flow of enactive engagement.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 48(3), 287-300.

Grossmark, R.  (2009).  The case of  Pamela.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19(1), 22-30.  

Grossmark, R.  (2009).  Final thoughts on the case of Pamela and commentaries.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19(1), 45-48.  

Grossmark, R.  (2007).  The edge of chaos: Enactment, disruption and emergence in group psychotherapy.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 17(4), 479-500.

Grossmark, R.  (2006).  From familiar chaos to coherence: Unformulated experience and enactment in group psychotherapy.  In A. Harris & M. Suchet (Eds.), Relational Psychoanalysis: The emergence of a tradition, Vol III (pp. 193-208).  Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.


Philip Lance, PhD, Radio Public, New Books in Psychoanalysis.!a0db9

Tracy D. Morgan’s 2013 interview with Robert Grossmark about his book Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory, a 50-minute podcast from the “New Books in Psychoanalysis” series. 


1. Participants will be able to identify enactments of early trauma and neglect.

2. Participants will be able to decide as to when and how to intervene when mutual enactments emerge.

3. Participants will be able to describe and distinguish the role of the unobtrusive relational analyst.


Alliance Members - $125, Non-Members - $150, Alliance Student Members - $65, Non-member Students - $85



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.


Refunds less a $15 handling fee will be given up until one week before the conference. 


If you are experiencing financial need and would like to discuss reduced admission, please let us know within two weeks of the event. 

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 4.25 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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