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In-Person Lecture: Expanding Dissociation Informed Psychoanalytic Practice: How to make conceptual sense of Not-me, No-me, & Many mes

SICP In-Person Workshop Expanding Dissociation Informed Psychoanalytic Practice
The SICP Friday Night Lecture Series Returns! Featuring In-Person events.

Expanding Dissociation Informed Psychoanalytic Practice:
How to make conceptual sense of Not-me, No-me, & Many mes

Johanna Dobrich

with Johanna Dobrich, LCSW

Friday, May 17th, 2024 7:00-9:00pm in-person at ICP


Approved for 2 NYS CE Credits!

In recent years, psychoanalysis has undergone a transformation away from an exclusive focus on repressive symptomatology to include dissociative symptomatology. Howell/Itkowitz's dissociative unconscious, Bollas' unthought known, Stern's unformulated experience, and my own unexperienced-experience, regularly appear as constructs in both our theoretical and clinical formulations. Yet there remains a lot of ambiguity about the differences between defensive and ordinary dissociation and the varied forms defensive dissociation in particular may take. Many times, people confuse dissociation as a defense from dissociation as a structure of the self. Taking Sullivan's understanding of the self as a system, I propose a continuum in which defensive dissociation may occur ranging from a more or less continuous self-system all the way up to a discontinuous self-system. I describe the difference between the 'dissociation of content' from 'dissociation as a structure of the self,' highlighting clinical phenomena people may come to recognize in their practice. I go on to elaborate on some of the structural features of 'dissociation as a structure of the self ’ and offer clinical examples.

About Presenter:

Johanna Dobrich is a licensed clinical social worker and graduate of ICP’s four-year psychoanalytic training program. She is on the Faculty at the ICP, the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, where she teaches courses on trauma, dissociation, and contemporary psychoanalytic practice from a Relational perspective, as well as supervises candidates in training. She is the author of the book “Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis” for which she received the 2023 Sandor Ferenczi Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and has authored numerous articles on dissociation, loss and mourning. Johanna is in private practice in New York, NY.

For any questions, including those about accessibility, or to request accommodations please contact Maeve Hanley at SICP@icpnyc.org

An important note about CEUs: ICP is an approved provider of continuing education credits for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychoanalysts through the New York Department of Education. If your license is from a different state, please contact your state’s licensing board to find out if they will accept CE credits for New York State. If your license is from another state, please enter your license number with your state in parenthesis, ie 54321 (CA).




May 17
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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2 NYS credits


33 W 60th St., 4FL
New York, 10023 United States
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