Dates and Times:
Feb 1, 2012 – Friday, 4:30-7:30pm
Feb 8, 2012 – Friday, 4:30-7:30pm
Feb 10, 201 – Sunday 11am-2pm
Paul Russell once wrote “There is no real treatment process that does not include some piece of therapy for the therapist.” This observation of Russell’s gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to viewing clinical impasses from a contemporary intersubjective vantage point. That is, the intersection of two subjectivities (the patient’s and the therapist’s) and the growth that can occur for both in the process of navigating clinical ruptures and impasses.
This course will begin with Russell’s contribution to our understanding of complicated treatment impasses, focusing primarily on his 1975 paper “The Theory of the Crunch.” Participants will beintroduced to this work and it’s prescient focus on the co-contributions of both patient’s andtherapist’s intermingling psychologies to the treatment process, particularly as they combine to create treatment ruptures and/or impasses. Much of Russell’s work presages many core aspects of Relational perspectives’ focus on co-creation and the therapeutic use of enactments. We will move from Russell’s pioneering contribution to Jody Davies’ view on treatment ruptures, and end with a reading of Steven Cooper’s reflections on the therapist as the new Bad Object.
Each meeting will be comprised of two parts; the first half will discuss the paper in question (readings will be mailed to registrants) and then the second half will be devoted to participants’ presentations of their own challenging cases.
Registration: The course is limited to 10 participants – 2 spots remain. For more information about readings,CE’s and registration, please go to: