|TICP Online Conference March 6, 2021: Steven Cooper, Ph.D.|
Playing and Becoming in Psychoanalysis
Saturday March 6, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ABOUT THE DAY
The Limit of Intimacy and the Intimacy of Limit:
The Emergence of Play in Relation to the Analyst and to Internal Objects.
The refractoriness of the bad object (Fairbairn, 1943; 1958) has remained a durable clinical problem and to some extent under-theorized among psychoanalysts. Through an extended clinical example,this paper examines how the experience of limit is part of an undercurrent within the object relation between patient and analyst, that, in turn, sometimes gives rise to a shift in the patient’s relationship to an unsatisfying internal object relation.
The Play of Mourning
In the density of psychic regression and progression, psychoanalytic play is able to help patients move toward grieving internal objects. Play occurs at a moment of dawning awareness of transference-countertransference enactment within both patient and analyst. Often these moments especially involve the analyst’s new awareness of his or her own resistance to understanding transference-countertransference enactments. Through a series of brief clinical vignettes and analysis of a poem by Elizabeth Bishop, the author examines how patient and analyst become better able to acquire an “internal environment” (Winnicott, 1954), one in which they try to face the profound disappointment of grieving these objects.
This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.
This program has been approved by the Ontario Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists and psychological associates. This program meets the criteria for 4 continuing education credits.
1. To broaden the participant's thinking about how the concept of limit related to elements of play in the analytic situation;
2. To help develop the participant's ability to consider play in the context of transference-countertransference engagement;
3. To facilitate the participant's ability to conceptualize how play facilitates the mourning process in psychoanalytic process.
Schedule of the Day
10 a.m. Introduction of Speaker (Dr. Kobrick)
10 – 11 The Limit of Intimacy and the Intimacy of Limit (Dr. Cooper)
11 -12 Discussion with Audience
12 - 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 The Play of Mourning (Dr. Cooper)
2:00 – 3:00 Audience Discussion
3:00 Closing Remarks (Dr. Kobrick)
BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER
Steven Cooper, Ph.D., has written on a range of topics including concepts such as the psychic future, evolving conceptualizations of defense, mutual forms of containment in the therapeutic situation, and how to understand the depressive position within both the patient and analyst. He has often explored object relations concepts and theory from the point of view of the analyst's participation. Most recently, he has explored play in the analytic situation, examining in particular how limit is constitutive of play and how play and mourning are linked in paradoxical elements of psychoanalysis. Steven is a Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Chief Editor Emeritus, Psychoanalytic Dialogues. He is the author of four books. His newest book, Playing and Becoming in Psychoanalysis will be published by Routledge in 2021.
Earlybird Rates / Regular Rates after FEBRUARY 19, 2021
Regular: $125 / $140
TICP Member/Guest/Faculty: $100 / $115
Student: $75 / $90
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