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PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVES ON COUPLES THERAPY AND SEXUAL THERAPY

Dates: Thursdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020
Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EDT); 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (PDT)

Linda Sobelman, PhD, FIPA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this seminar we will examine the contributions of psychoanalytic thinking to the practice of conjoint treatment and sexual therapy.

We will begin with the concepts of projective identification and unconscious object choice which provide a bridge from the intrapsychic world to the interpersonal stage of marital interactions. The defense mechanism of splitting (a necessary precondition for projective identification) will be discussed, the meaning and consequences of defensive splitting explored, and treatment approaches suggested.

The second session focuses on the syndrome of chronic blaming in couples, the behavioral manifestation of the mechanisms of splitting and projective identification. A five-part treatment model for chronic blaming is presented.

In the third session, an iconic blaming couple, George and Martha (the protagonists of Edward Albee’s, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”), will be used to illustrate the concepts previously discussed.

In the final session, the instructor will present an account of a sexual therapy, emphasizing the blending of psychodynamic understanding with behavioral sex therapy.

Participants should purchase a copy of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, 2005 edition, Signet. All other readings will be made available to registrants.”

Linda Sobelman, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst and former Director of Training at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is also a supervisor and faculty member at the Wright Institute in Los Angeles, where she teaches couples therapy. Dr Sobelman received her training in sexual therapy at UCLA in their Human Sexuality Program, where she subsequently was a supervisor and faculty member. Dr. Sobelman is in private practice in Westwood and Hollywood, specializing in adult couples therapy, individual therapy and psychoanalysis, and the treatment of sexual dysfunctions.

The registration fee for the seminar is $100.00 and may be made by clicking on the link below. Payment may also be made by check and mailed to Susan Light, LCSW, 8 East 96th Street, New York, NY 10128. Payment by credit card is preferred. Payment must be received prior to the first session.

Once registered, please email Elizabeth Reese at Emreese28@aol.com or text her at (727) 560-9746 to receive other information about the seminar and ask any questions.

PSYCHOANALYTIC TECHNIQUE

Dates: Tuesdays, October 27, 2020*; November 3, 10, 17, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (EST); 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (PST)
*Daylight saving time

Fred Busch, PhD

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this survey seminar, we will first discuss a contemporary view of Freudian technique based on the development of a psychoanalytic mind in the patient, so that the freedom to think and feel what previously seemed toxic is integrated into a freer mind. What will also be discussed are ways of working empathically within a Freudian model and going deeper by going slower.

We will then briefly examine Bion’s concept of reverie, especially in the way it is presented by post-Bionians. While the interest in reverie has exploded, its meaning and the technique have not been thoroughly examined.

Each meeting will begin with a presentation. Participants will be asked to present clinical material to help us understand the clinical relevance of concepts.

The following books could be useful in conjunction with this workshop, but not necessary:

Busch, F. (2013). Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind. London: Routledge. Busch, F. (2019). The Analyst’s Reveries: Explorations in Bion’s Enigmatic Concepts. London: Routledge.

A 30% discount is available from Routledge with the code EDS19. The books are also available from Amazon.

Fred Buch, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Bush has published over 70 articles in the psychoanalytic literature and four books, primarily on the method in theory of treatment. His work has been translated into ten languages, and he has been invited to present over 160 papers and clinical materials, nationally and internationally. His third book, Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind: A Method and Theory of Psychoanalysis, was a finalist for the Grandiva prize. His last book was published by Routledge in March 2019 – The Analyst’s Reveries: Exploration in Bion’s Enigmatic Concepts. He is currently editing a new book, Dear Candidate. Analysts from around the world write personal letters to candidates. He has been on numerous editorial boards.

The registration fee for the seminar is $100 and may be made by clicking on the link below.  Payment may also be made by check and mailed to Susan Light, LCSW, 8 East 96th Street, New York, NY 10128.  Payment by credit card is preferred.  Payment must be received prior to the first session.

Once registered, please email Elizabeth Reese at Emreese28@aol.com or text her at (727) 560-9746 to receive other information about the seminar and ask any questions.

COMPLEX ISSUES OF DIVORCE FROM A PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCE

Dates: Wednesdays, November 11, 18 & December 2, 2020
Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EST); 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (PST)

Steven Demby, PhD, FIPA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In the first part of this three-part seminar, we will use a psychoanalytic perspective to understand the distortions in the parent-parent and parent-child relationships that evolve in the context of a high conflict, litigated child custody case. In the second part, we will explore the unconscious motivations shaping the divorce of Nicole and Charlie, the protagonists in the contemporary movie, “Marriage Story.” In the third part, using clinical material from adult cases, we will explore divorce-related challenges in the psychoanalytic treatment of adults going through divorce.

Dr. Demby will elucidate how to maintain the capacity to think analytically under the pressure of the intense affects present when working with patients going through divorce.

Steven Demby, PhD, FIPA is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice with offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY. In addition to his psychoanalytic practice, he performs forensic custody evaluation, parenting coordination, and mediation of parenting plans in divorce. Dr. Demby is former Co-President and current board member emeritus of the New York chapter of the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts. He is on the executive committee of the Interdisciplinary Forum on Family Law and Mental Health. He is also on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Contemporary Freudian Society. Dr. Demby has published numerous articles on entrenched hatred and high-conflict divorce and given numerous presentations on the psychological impact of separation and divorce on parents and children.

The registration fee for the seminar is $75 and may be made by clicking on the link below. Payment may also be made by check and mailed to Susan Light, LCSW, 8 East 96th Street, New York, NY 10128. Payment by credit card is preferred. Payment must be received prior to the first session.

Once registered, please email Elizabeth Reese at Emreese28@aol.com or text her at (727) 560-9746 to receive other information about the seminar and ask any questions.