There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
-Zora Neale Hurston
The Manhattan Institute is pleased to announce that Anthony Bass, PhD will hold a workshop for our community on the dialogue of unconsciouses and the therapeutic relationship. The workshop will be held on Sunday, January 7th 2018, 2-5 pm in the home of Blair Casdin, at 420 Riverside Drive, Apt. 11C. CEU credits will be offered. Refreshments will be served.
This workshop will explore the nature of the psychoanalytic relationship in depth, using Ferenczi’s concept of ‘a dialogue of unconsciouses’ as a point of departure for the experience. The workshop is designed to deepen our grasp of unconscious dimensions of psychoanalytic relating through our engagement with challenging analytic moments that workshop participants will be invited to offer. Participants will have an opportunity to share their works with patients with whom they have found themselves to be unusually intensely involved, for example patients who evoke especially strong emotional responses in their therapist; patients about whom one dreams at night or becomes preoccupied by day; or who evoke anxious or counter-resistive responses, such as fighting sleep or falling asleep, or becoming bored; patients who arouse their analyst to anger or disgust or shame or sexual or other body experiences that may feel ego dystonic within the psychoanalytic situation.
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 interact in the work. Participants are invited to come to the workshop prepared to share some clinical process from their own practices as a point of departure for exploring unconscious experience central to the therapeutic work.
Anthony Bass, PhD, is on the faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, where he was formerly the chairperson of the Relational Track, the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the NIP National Training Program, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, and the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, for which he also serves as President. He is the Joint Editor in Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a founding and current board director of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has lectured and leads clinical workshops and study groups widely throughout the United States and Europe.