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Sep 27

TICP Conference with Dr. Tony Bass: The Psychotherapy Relationship, the “Dialogue of Unconsciouses” and Use of Self in the Contemporary Relational Technique.

September 27, 2014 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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In this workshop we will explore the nature of the psychotherapy relationship, using Ferenczi’s concept of a “dialogue of unconsciouses” as a point of departure for the experience. We will deepen our grasp of unconscious dimensions of therapeutic relating through our engagement with difficult treatment moments.

Along with Dr. Bass, participants in the workshop may present material themselves or work with others’ clinical vignettes. They will gain experience using emotional responses to patients to identify and work through enactments, impasses and other challenging countertransference obstacles at the heart of psychotherapy. Implications for how we make use of ourselves, the way we respond to our patients, and how this contributes to our therapeutic intentions and sense of ‘technique’ will be explored.

We will focus on patients with whom we have felt especially emotionally affected, i.e., those who have evoked intense, disturbing or arousing reactions: patients about whom one dreams at night, or becomes preoccupied by day, or who evoke anxious or counter-resistive responses, such as fighting sleep, or falling asleep or becoming bored; patients who arouse us to anger, disgust, shame, or sexual or other body experiences.

Such experiences, often at the heart of enactments in psychotherapy, provide special opportunities for gaining access to the ways in which the unconscious life of patient and therapist emerge and interact, creating special challenges and special opportunities for deepening and furthering the work.

Please come prepared to share some clinical moments if possible.

Learning Objectives

1. Students will learn the history of some of the origins in Ferenczi’s work of the active use of countertransference in the therapeutic situation.

2. Students will learn about different ways of using themselves in the therapeutic situation, involving direct and indirect uses of countertransference.

3. Students will learn about ways of gaining access to and making use of their countertransference to benefit work with difficult patients.

10 a.m. Introduction (Dr. Willock)
10 – 11 The Dialogue of Unconsciouses, Mutual Analysis and Contemporary Relational Technique (Dr. Bass)
11 -12 Discussion with Audience
12 – 2:00 Lunch (on your own)
2:00 – 4:00 The Use of the Self in Relational Work: A Workshop (Dr. Bass)
4:00 Closing Remarks (Dr. Willock)

PRICING (earlybird/regular rates)

TSCP Members $150 / $160
Regular Fee $160 / $170
Student Fee* $100 / $120
Group Rate** $150 / $160

* Full time university, ID required
** Group rate applies to 6 or more participants. Please contact 416.288.8060 for group registration

Earlybird rates end September 12, 2014


Anthony Bass, Ph.D., is an associate professor and supervising analyst at New York University Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. In addition, he is on the faculty and supervises at a wide range of training programs and institutes, including Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, NIP National Training Program, Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, for which he also serves as President, and others. He has been an associate and executive editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives since it was founded it 1991, and has been its Joint Editor in Chief since 2006. He lectures and leads clinical workshops and study groups throughout the United States and Europe, with an emphasis on the analytic relationship, unconscious communication between patient and analyst, and the expressive and implicit uses of countertransference in contemporary relational technique.

Dr. Brent Willock is President, TICP; Advisory Board member, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Board Member, Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; Faculty, Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology. He is author of Comparative-Integrative Psychoanalysis (The Analytic Press, 2007) and first editor of: On Deaths and Endings: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Finality, Transformation and New Beginnings (2007); Taboo or not Taboo? Forbidden Thoughts, Forbidden Acts in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (2009); Loneliness and Longing: Conscious and Unconscious Aspects (2012); and Understanding and Coping with Failure (2014).

There will be a special Saturday Morning Workshop on September 27, 2014 from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. (prior to the conference) with Dr. Anthony Bass, open only for members and guests of the TSCP. This is FREE for members and guests of TICP/TSCP who are already registered to attend the day’s event.

To register for the pre-conference meeting, please CLICK HERE or call 416.288.8060


September 27, 2014
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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