The Jane Roiter Sunday Morning Seminars
Between Chaos and Constancy: Clinical Explorations of Transcendence, Multiplicity, Shame and Kindness
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Jane Roiter Sunday Seminars – Frank Summers
Why Psychoanalytic Therapy Needs a Concept of Transcendence
Psychoanalytic therapy, of whatever persuasion, has been confined to ideas designed to account for how the patient comes to have the patterns she possesses in her present life. It is the thesis of this presentation that this traditional analytic inquiry is essential, but not sufficient. The self embraces: how I project myself into the future, how I conceive my possibilities, who I intend to be, who I fear I will never be, or who I realize I cannot be. All of these are crucial to who the patient is. These are all transcendent categories necessary to understand the person fully; that is, to grasp who she aspires to be, who she is capable of being and what her possibilities are. This brings the future and the actualization of potential into the field of analytic therapy. How this plays out in the therapeutic action will be illustrated with cases treated in intensive analytic therapy.
November 6, 2016, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jane Roiter Sunday Seminars – Alan Levy
E Pluribus Unum? The Challenge of Self and Object Constancy in the Face of Multiplicity
This workshop will outline the traditional notion of self and object constancy and its significance in psychoanalytic treatment. Traditional notions stress the importance of integration or fusion of good and bad objects, in order to form more stable representations of self and other. Dr. Levy will introduce the relational concept of multiplicity, which stresses the variegated nature of self and other. Implicit in a view of self and other as multiple, is the importance of tolerating and maintaining the inherent tension in holding discordant, and contradictory self/other representations. Dr. Levy will then present his relational view of object constancy from the standpoint of multiplicity. He will discuss the clinical utility of both traditional and relational concepts of object constancy in clinical treatment, drawing upon his own and participant’s cases.
December 4, 2016, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jane Roiter Sunday Seminars – Margaret Moore
The Profound Clinical Significance of Shame: Exploring this Taboo Issue with Clients and Ourselves
Shame is a topic important to us all. Though often avoided, minimized, not recognized, or mistaken for something else, it is of profound clinical significance. Because the nature of shame, is to hide, it is often so subtly presented, that it is missed by even the best clinicians. Brene Brown’s research resonates strongly with many clinicians, as she has given us a vocabulary to understand and explore this taboo topic. People are able to talk about a powerful force which was previously rarely openly discussed. The impact on those who study it, has been significant, allowing clients more freedom to recognize both internal and external judgments about themselves and others, to learn resilience and to let go. This, in turn, allows therapy to proceed more deeply and easily. Whether one is a clinically trained therapist or a client, both will benefit from an increased awareness not only about the ideas of shame, but also about its unique presence and impact on their lives. This greater awareness increases the likelihood that both clients and clinicians can develop more resilient responses to shame which can improve the quality of their lives.
March 12, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jane Roiter Sunday Seminars – Anna Lieblich
I Have Always Depended on the Kindness of Strangers: Kindness in Psychotherapy
Kindness is rarely written or spoken about by psychotherapists. Of course therapy cannot consist only of kindness. But without kindness therapy is missing something vital. In this presentation, we will talk about the essence of kindness and how it is different from empathy, being helpful, and other concepts in psychotherapy which we are more comfortable with. We will focus on the experience of giving and receiving kindness, how this functions in therapy, and why both therapists and clients may be wary of this experience. Using many clinical examples, we will explore why some clients elicit kindness and some do not; how much kindness is too much; and whether or not therapists should accept kindness from their clients.
April 9, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Co-Sponsored with Jewish Child & Family Services
Conference Planning Committee:
Karuna Bahadur, LCSW, Carol Crane, LCSW, Margaret Grau, LCSW, Mary Ann Jung, LCSW (Co-Chair), Eric Ornstein, LCSW (Chair), and Jane Pinsof, LCSW
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