*This seminar is approved for 6 CE units.
Let’s be honest, we all fear death and avoid talking about it, yet death touches us all. Dying is the universal reality of all life and of all people of all ages. As clinicians, we often collude in the silence of the culture. The therapy session can become the sole place for the individual who is chronically or terminally ill to speak the words of fear, fatigue and isolation and expect to be listened to and understood.
The therapist who is attuned to their own history of loss, abandonment and death, will be more available to their patient’s needs. We will use the inter subjective perspective to understand how to access the empathy required to work with this population and ourselves.
The class will give us the opportunity for compassionate learning and growing awareness about our fears. It will be divided into three, 2 hour sessions. In the first, we will explore the work with the ill person and the complicated shifts that occur in the frame and in ourselves. In the second, we will talk about ourselves; the therapist who becomes ill and is faced with the intrusion of the illness into the work. The third session will be on bereavement, coping with the loss of our patient or our own personal losses as an ill therapist. We will also explore how different cultures memorialize death.
We have an opportunity to begin the ground work of interrupting the compliance with societal silence. This attunement to ourselves, and to the other, can be an opportunity to grieve and re-work as a transforming and intimate experience in therapy.
The study of geology entails digging past layers of resistance to understand the foundations of what seems apparent and visible on the surface. Similarly in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis we meet many layers of resistance, move past plateaus in which long periods of being stuck thwart the progress of learning, and have to break through paralyzing dilemmas of knowing when to intervene and when to encourage the patient to work at her/his issues despite pain. This workshop focuses on how despite our training – culturally-induced avoidance and our own anxieties, inhibit creative curiosity – and how a persistent, imaginative desire to mine the meaning behind patient presentation often leads to simple questions, that are not so simple in their impact.
Using clinical examples to illustrate the deepening of seemingly bankrupt inquiries, we will focus on ways the most innocuous encounters in treatment often present an opening to long festering, hidden secrets in the patient. We will focus upon a close examination of the use of educated curiosity about dreams, enactments, unearthing messages in the sequential thread of topic presentations, the impact of what is left out, and the message behind seeming unremarkable exchanges during sessions…what might have been done with them or what was not done.
Our travel through these levels with the patient is an exciting, ‘opening up’ of the discourse. It is a focusing on what our original theorists and clinicians had hoped for in advancing their patients’ experience and healing.
Fred Lipschitz is one of the founders of ICP, with a B.S. degree from City College in Psychology and a minor in Physics, an MA in Psychology from CCNY, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University, and a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry, and Psychology.
Integrating Systems Centered therapy, Psychodynamic therapy and Group-as-a-Whole perspective provides the theoretical underpinnings for working in a group setting. The focus of the seminar will be how group work increases self-awareness and awareness of others, while enriching individual therapy. One of the central clinical principles is to discover what in each of us is similar to what is apparently different in the other. The seminar will demonstrate how to encourage group members to find resonance and deepen one’ s connection to self and others, addressing a range of issues such as age, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, etc. One of the challenges in group therapy or group supervision that will be discussed and explored, is how to make the group environment safe enough to risk openness to one’s authentic feelings. In order to maintain a sense of safety, group members use a variety of defenses to protect themselves; how these interfere in developing meaningful connections will be described. There will be a discussion of common defenses used, along with non-shaming approaches, to help group members be curious and explore these defenses. Given that group members most often interact with the group leader and other members as they once interacted with their family of origin, we will take the opportunity to address these fixed roles and behaviors. Common roles, such as the identified patient, the victim, the bully, the defiant member, the silent member and the scapegoat will be illustrated and described. Specific tools about how to intervene and work with these various roles and reenactments will be discussed. As an example, we will explore how to help members broaden their awareness of the many ways one scapegoats and is scapegoated and help group members take back their own projections and own those aspects in themselves.
Susan Gair, L.C.S.W. Is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Co-Director of ICP’s 4 year Psychoanalytic Training division and Supervisor for the 4 year analytic track, the 2 year psychotherapy track and the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality. Ms. Gair is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice providing individual, groups and couples psychotherapy for 40 years
AT Clinical Seminar
THE SEARCH FOR INTELLIGIBLE OBJECTS IN THE INTERPERSONAL UNIVERSE
Gary J. Jacobson, LCSW and Gaylord Neely, MHC
Friday, February 26, 2016
12:00PM – 2:00PM
Object Relations theory deals with the fact that as infants, we internalize “objects”, mostly negative feelings, sayings, etc. from our primary parental figures. These internalizations greatly affect the ways in which we relate to other people and to the world in our adult lives. While the patient and therapist work collaboratively towards examining the patient’s internal world and its impact on the patient’s relationships, the relationship between the therapist and patient is central to the work of therapy. The therapeutic relationship forms the laboratory in which the therapist learns about the patient’s object relational issues of intimacy, control, loss, transparency, dependency/autonomy and trust. The Object Relations therapist pays close attention to her countertransference and monitors her internal states of feelings, associations and fantasies that emerge in order to make sense of the patient’s difficulties. The therapist also pays close attention to the client’s subtle actions and reactions.
In this workshop, we will explore how applying Object Relations theory can help illuminate patient dynamics. Ms. Neely will present a case and Mr. Jacobson will offer live supervision, concentrating on the object relations expressed both by the patient in her manifest and latent content and by the therapist, in her countertransference. Along with the presenters, participants will be encouraged to discuss their own clinical material as well as comment on the material presented.
About Our Presenters
Gary J. Jacobson, L.C.S.W. is Faculty, Supervisor, Training and Curriculum member and graduate of the Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program at I.C.P.. Mr. Jacobson is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice for adults, couple and groups for over 20 years.
Gaylord Neely, M.H.C. is a graduate of the Integrated Trauma program and a staff therapist at I.C.P.. She is the Founder/Director/President for a grant making foundation committed to bring marginalized voices into public dialogue.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the NYS Education Department State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education credit for licensed social workers.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.
*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists.
Select programs meet the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
(AASECT) and are approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal