Using a case conference format participants will examine analytic perspectives on SUD’s and deepen their understanding of the psychodynamic underpinnings of their own cases.
We absorb our clients’ stories and cries for help. In the best of times, we are at risk for burnout, but a year and a half of Covid has intensified this process. This afternoon’s workshop is about rejuvenation and self-care explored through Psychoanalytic perspectives to help us understand this intensity.
This course will present an ancient personality assessment and typology tool called the Enneagram for basic understanding and clinical use. Learners will be exposed to the basic structure, triads, types, subtypes, and movements of progression and regression that make the Enneagram such a complex and useful diagram for self-and other-awareness and understanding.
Attendees will learn a brief history of the Enneagram in the world and the USA, theories of identification of type, and a basic use for assessing starting places and growth trajectories of each type.
Each triad (head, heart and gut) and type (One through Nine) have different needs, motivations, gifts, fixations, obstacles and ways of seeing and functioning in the world. This tool can be seen as extraordinarily useful in clinical and personal relating, for self awareness and understanding essential psychic organizational differences in people.
It’s important for people to understand what’s going on in their inner life. Spiritual practice and psychoanalysis have much to offer in the development of inner understanding. The treatment of addiction can be scary to practitioners. Talking about addiction is the first step towards the demystification of this challenge.
This course provides a Self Psychological/Relational approach to healing with an emphasis on clinical application. There will be an expectation to come prepared having read two articles on Self Psychology and relational Theory with some case material in mind. We will study the articles together and I will illustrate with case material. There will be the opportunity for class members to consider their own work in light of our reading and discussion.
This course will focus on the idea that we can access our unconscious thoughts and images through art, specifically collage. There will be an introduction to “dreaming while awake” referencing both Bion and Thomas Ogden’s thoughts. Participants will be invited to create a collage that represents work with a patient. There will be time to make more than one collage and also time to process what we create with the group. Art materials will be provided.
Central to Winnicott’s developmental schema is the concept of “the false self.” Winnicott views the false self as sophisticated and effective protection from “unbearable agonies.” At the same time, he also articulates the great costs of this defense; futility and isolation. This seminar will consider developmental factors that contribute to the development of the false self and the accompanying sense of futility, and how to identify when the false self is active. In addition, therapeutic strategies that nurture the true self will be explored.