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Scientific Meeting: Dr. Afarin Kohan, Weds October 12, 2022
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Who's The Author Of This Play Anyway? Understanding Discourse and Author-ship in Psychoanalysis

Presented by Dr. Mehr-Afarin Kohan, M.D. FRCPC

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST 

Via ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCE

Free event available only to active  TICP members, faculty, guests and students

ABOUT THIS PRESENTATION

Psychoanalysis has been conceptualized by some as a metaphorical process in which the analyst and analysand take on many different roles within the frame of the analysis, while maintaining an awareness of the playful nature of their interaction. Taking part in such theatre, however, requires an ability for play and imagination by both parties. In this paper, I explore a clinical case in which such ability for imagination appeared foreclosed and saturated by past trauma, stereotyped narratives, and prescribed religious mythology, making it very difficult to establish a therapeutic process. I use this example to compare how different schools of analytic thought may deal with this kind of situation and to offer my own way of thinking about it, which is more in line with relational theories. Furthermore, I explore how the power relations pre-existing the analytic field cannot be overlooked in such cases where the patient belongs to an oppressed group in society and empowerment becomes an integral part of creating a sense of self-worth and vitality for the individual.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Mehr-Afarin Kohan is a Toronto-based psychiatrist and post-academic candidate at the Toronto Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP). She received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She spends most of her time doing long-term psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at her private practice in Toronto and works with refugees at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT). She is a psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor at the University of Toronto and faculty for the three-year psychotherapy program at the TICP. She is the co-chair of the IARPP’s Candidates Committee. She was the recipient of the 2016 Susanne Chassay Memorial Paper Award from the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC). She has previously published in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. She is also an award-winning published fiction writer. For more information visit mehrafarinkohan.com.

 

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Date & Time: Oct 12, 2022 07:30 PM to
Oct 12, 2022 09:00 PM
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