2010 PSPP Fall Meeting | The Analytic Relationship and the Dialogue of Unconsciouses: A Clinical Workshop

  • 30 Oct 2010
  • 9:45 AM - 3:59 PM
  • Community College of Philadelphia | Center for Business and Industry


  • *Early career professionals are those who are within three years of graduating with their doctorate or other professional degree.

Registration is closed

Presenter: Anthony Bass, Ph.D.
Title: The Analytic Relationship and the Dialogue of Unconsciouses: A Clinical Workshop

Program Description 
This workshop will explore the nature of the psychoanalytic relationship in depth, through the lens of the “relationship as a dialogue of unconsciouses.” Using Ferenczi’s concept of a “dialogue of unconsciouses” as a point of departure for the experience, we will attempt to deepen our grasp of unconscious dimensions of psychoanalytic relating through our engagement with difficult analytic moments.  One of our members will present a case to Dr. Bass that illustrates an intense experience that the therapist has had with the patient.  The type of patients whom we will be considering are those who evoke powerful responses in the therapist. This might include patients who are found to be particularly affectively arousing in one way or another, or disturbing, patients about whom one dreams at night, or becomes preoccupied by during waking hours, or who evoke anxious or counter-resistive responses, such as falling asleep or becoming bored. These analytic moments that are often at the heart of enactments in psychoanalytic work provide special opportunities for gaining access to the ways in which the unconscious life of patient and analyst emerge and for ultimately deepening the work. Participants will have the opportunity to share reactions and clinical process from their own practices with Dr. Bass and within smaller break-out groups. 

Learning Objectives
1. Participants will develop a deeper appreciation for the mutual, psychically symmetrical and complementary aspects of psychoanalytic relations.
2. Participants will gain a fuller appreciation of the dimension of enactment in intense analytic engagement and learn new ways to attend to this dimension in bringing it to the joint awareness of therapist and patient.
3. Participants will experiment with new ways of using their own self-experience, at conscious and unconscious levels, to deepen analytic work at difficult junctures.

About the Presenter
Anthony Bass, Ph.D. is on the faculty and is a supervising analyst at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Stephen Mitchell for Relational Studies, for which he also serves as president of the board of directors. He is also on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies National Training Programs. He is the joint editor in chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and a founding director of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has written widely and run workshops nationally and internationally on the analytic relationship and the nature of unconscious communication between patient and analyst. 

Registration Fees and Policies

Early registration
(Postmarked or online registration by Oct. 25, 2010):
PSPP Members   $70
Non-Members   $80
Early Career Professionals  $40
Retired Persons  $30
Graduate Students  $20

Late registration
(Postmarked or online registration after Oct. 25, 2010):
PSPP Members  $80
Non-Members  $90
Early Career Professionals  $50
Retired Persons  $40
Graduate Students  $20 

*Early career professionals are those who are within three years of graduating with their doctorate or other professional degree. 
Online registration is available through October 25th. 
Following this date participants may register at the door. 

Policy Notes
Fees are listed per person. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program. Division 39 and PSPP are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in their continuing education activities. Participants with special needs will be accommodated if possible. For any questions or concerns regarding access, confidentiality, privacy, ethics or other issues, contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at mjaymoses@gmail.com or 267-254-0791.
Community College of Philadelphia (CCP)
Center for Business & Industry
Top Floor (3rd Level)
18th & Callowhill Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Directions & Parking 
Take I-95 or I-76 to I-676 and get off at Broad Street exit. This will put you on 15th street. Turn right on Vine Street, drive one block, turn right on 16th Street. Turn left three blocks up on Callowhill. Turn right on 18th Street. The Center for Business and Industry is located at 18th and Callowhill Streets, and there is a parking garage immediately past the building on 18th Street on your right. The program will take place on the Third Level (top floor) of the building.
Program Schedule
9:45-10:15    Registration
10:15-11:00  Business Meeting
11:00-11:30  Tony Bass speaks
11:30-12:00  Case Presentation
12:00-12:30  Group Discussion  
12:30-1:15    Lunch (included)
1:15-2:30     Break-out groups
2:30-3:00     Group Discussion
3:00-4:00     Wine & Cheese Hour (included)

This program is intended for mental health professionals. The instructional level is intermediate.
Continuing Education
Psychologists and Social Workers: This program is offered for 3 continuing education credits (3.0 CE).  Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists and Social Workers. Division 39 maintains responsibility for the program and its content. PSPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. 

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