WSPP: Not Your Grandfather’s Psychoanalysis

WSPP Presents Not Your Grandfather’s Psychoanalysis

Friday, December 6, 2013, 11:30am-2:30pm

Presenter: Sally Bloom-Feshbach, PhD

Say farewell to the days when the analyst was a “blank screen” for the patient’s projections, the sole “expert” in understanding the patient’s psychic life! Welcome to modern relational psychoanalysis, in which patient and analyst together co-create the therapeutic process. Working in an atmosphere of trust and openness, both participants actively shape the analytic endeavor. When we bring two subjectivities to the analytic table (and not just one as in the old days), we open up fresh space in which to grow and explore. Relational thinking offers a new neutrality that does not assume who the patient is, or should be, that allows the therapist the freedom to respond flexibly with restraint or engagement. In the spirit of this modern take on psychoanalysis, let’s discuss the power of authenticity, and together consider how relational sensibility affects our work with our patients.

Presenter: Sally Bloom-Feshbach, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist in Washington, DC, where she maintains a private practice in individual and couples psychotherapy, supervision, and parent consultation. She is Adjunct Faculty Member and Supervisor at the Georgetown University Center for Psychological Services, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she has focused on teaching medical students to treat the “whole person.” Dr. Bloom-Feshbach has been an active member of the teaching and supervisory faculty of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis since its inception, and was a featured speaker at its Relational Perspectives Institute in 2010. She is co-editor of The Psychology of Separation and Loss, and has written on a range of subjects, including a recent article in Voices, entitled “Getting Oriented: Or, the Only Map that Always Faces the Same Direction is the Map of the Human Heart.” Her current interests center around the development of the self, the co-creation of experience in couples, and the integration of relatedness and autonomy.

Registration: Free to members; $60 for non-members

CEs: This seminar earns 3 CEs which are free to members and included in the $60 non-member fee

Please register and send payment in advance to the address on the form.  Registration forms are available at http://wspp-dc.org/images/Registration2013-2014.pdf

Seminar Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2013-2014 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at www.wspp-dc.org

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The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (WSPP) is an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. We are an educational organization which offers seminars and short courses on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to all practicing psychotherapists. In our seminars and short courses, we emphasize and foster a collegial atmosphere in which members and attendees learn from experienced, psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians, and in which all feel free to discuss the way the presenter’s ideas and approaches pertain to their own clinical experience. Over many years, we have developed a seminar format that actively welcomes the participation of all. For many, it is a rich and rewarding opportunity for professional growth and networking.

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About WSPP

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (WSPP) is an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. We are an educational organization which offers seminars and short courses on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to all practicing psychotherapists. In our seminars and short courses, we emphasize and foster a collegial atmosphere in which members and attendees learn from experienced, psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians, and in which all feel free to discuss the way the presenter’s ideas and approaches pertain to their own clinical experience. Over many years, we have developed a seminar format that actively welcomes the participation of all. For many, it is a rich and rewarding opportunity for professional growth and networking.