There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
-Zora Neale Hurston
Course: Micro-traumatic Experience: Therapeutic Approaches to Healing its Cumulative Toxic Effects
Instructor: Margaret Crastnopol (Peggy)
There are certain subtle types of psychic injury–what I call “micro-trauma”– that can erode a person’s sense of well-being and distort his or her character development and interpersonal functioning. While Masud Khan, DW Winnicott, and others did allude to a type of cumulative strain or ambience of hurtfulness in family life, psychoanalysis has historically downplayed or overlooked this element. This course will focus on certain specific patterns of micro-traumatic functioning and their impact as they play out both in everyday life and in the analytic engagement itself. Some examples of these patterns are “connoisseurship gone awry,” “uneasy intimacy,” “unkind cutting back,” and “psychic airbrushing.” The class will draw on but go beyond the theoretical framework offered in my book, Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury (Routledge, 2015). Useful distinctions will be made between micro-trauma and related concepts like major trauma and microaggressions. Participants will explore their own clinical experiences with micro-trauma and gain a detailed understanding of how to identify and work to resolve such problematic patterns in their practices, in their professional functioning, and in their own personal lives.
Dates: April 4, 11, 25 and May 2nd. Time: 7:15 to 8:45PM.
Cost: $180 and candidates $150 (Proof of Institute affiliation required) CEUs for NY State Social Workers: 6
Margaret Crastnopol (Peggy), Ph.D. is a psychologist/psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; she’s also a supervisor of psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is on the executive committee of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). Dr. Crastnopol is the author of Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury, Routledge, 2015. She maintains a private practice for the treatment of individuals and couples in Seattle, WA.
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