Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis
TICP Presents Dr. Riccardo Lombardi, M.D.
May 14, 2016
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ABOUT THE DAY
The morning lecture, Body Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis introduces the importance of body-mind dissociation and the related need to activate a dialogue between body and mind, so as to initiate in the analysand an internal experience based on feeling. Although these primitive levels of dissociation are linked to early relational factors or to cumulative trauma, working through them by means of a reconstructive approach is considered less helpful than confronting the body-mind dissociation in a clinical setting by exploring in real time the internal arrangements used by the patient in relation to his body, his mind and the relationship between them, while stimulating his responsibility in terms of change. On the levels connected to the body-mind relationship, the intersubjectivity of the analytic encounter thus tends to focus on the analysand and her primary need to localize himself and his body, eschewing artificial relational forms dominated by dissociation and compliance. A clinical example of body-mind dissociation is presented, and implications of the so-called somatic countertransference are explored.
The afternoon lecture, Body and Mind in Adolescence, considers that in adolescence, a key developmental stage, the body-mind conflict is at its zenith. The adolescent’s body is no longer that of a child, but acquires the characteristics that will accompany the subject for the rest of her life. The irruption of bodily transformations confronts the adolescent with emotional turbulence caused by the discovery of time, change and limitation. Eating disorders are a dramatic example of adolescent internal discord, when it seems that body and mind will never succeed in cohabiting. Learning to confront the sensory experiences and emotional intensity characteristic of adolescence is a formidable challenge for the analyst. Five clinical vignettes of different forms of typically adolescent dissociation show the clinical development that can follow upon focusing psychoanalytic work on the body-mind axis.
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1. Exploring the role of Body-Mind Dissociation as a frequent source of psychoanalytic impasse;
2. Emphasizing the role of transference onto the body and bodily countertransference;
3. Focusing on the importance of Body-Mind Conflict and Dissociation in the adolescent’s development and its disturbances.
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
10 a.m. Introduction (Dr. Kobrick)
10 – 11 Body Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis (Dr. Lombardi)
11 -12 Discussion with Audience
12 – 2:00 Lunch (on your own)
2:00 – 4:00 Body and Mind in Adolescence (Dr. Lombardi)
4:00 Closing Remarks (Dr. Kobrick)
PRICING (earlybird/regular rates)
TSCP Members $160 / $170
Regular Fee $170 / $180
Student Fee* $100 / $120
Group Rate** $160 / $170
* Full time university, ID required
** Group rate applies to 6 or more participants. Please contact 416.288.8060 for group registration
Earlybird rates end April 29, 2016
BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKERS
Riccardo Lombardi, M.D., is Training and Supervising Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and the author of several papers on the body-mind relation, time, psychosis and other severe mental disturbances, which have been published in leading psychoanalytic journals. He is a child and adolescent analyst. He has a full-time private practice in Rome and has edited books in Italian and French. He is the author of the book “Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco and Bion”, London, Routledge 2015 and of the forthcoming “Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis. Development after Bion”, London, Routledge, 2016.
Dr. Judi Kobrick is President, supervising analyst, faculty and founding member of the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP), and faculty at Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute & Society (TPS&I) and at the Institute for Advancement of Self Psychology (IASP). Dr. Kobrick is in private practice and on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Jackman ICS Laboratory School, University of Toronto.
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