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The Irreducible Otherness of the Therapist
A 2 day seminar led by Jay Greenberg
With discussant Professor Bob Hinshelwood

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 November 2015



FULL PROGRAMME
Saturday 7 November 2015
09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Otherness and the analysis of action

In recent years, therapists of all theoretical persuasions have emphasized the importance of working with experience that is not and perhaps cannot be expressed verbally. This new focus presents technical challenges, particularly involving confronting patients with the "otherness" of the therapist. Using clinical material, we will explore the difficulties of engaging our patients' actions, which are often unnoticed and may be disavowed.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Otherness and the analysis of action (continued)

With discussant Professor Bob Hinshelwood
13.00   Lunch Break
14.00   Narcissism and 'insusceptibility to influence'

For Freud the clinical problem of narcissism focused on these patients' "insusceptibility to influence”. His response to this was to consider narcissistic patients "unanalysable." In stark contrast to this early idea, today we not only see such patients as amenable to treatment but also believe that there is a core of narcissistic pathology in every patient. Accordingly, the understanding of “insusceptibility to influence” is at the centre of our clinical interest. We will consider the problems involved when this leads to disruptions in the treatment as a result of the transference/countertransference configurations that develop. Our focus will be especially on the patient's struggle to bring the analyst within his or her omnipotent control.
15.15   Tea
15.30   Live Consultation

This session will come as close as possible to creating a sense of what a real consultation with the case-presenting therapist, in which the therapist presents a problem, or at least a question, about the way treatment is progressing. The goal will be to understand the process with a view toward addressing the therapist's question, not to developing over-arching formulations about the nature of the case. Jay Greenberg will be hearing the material for the first time during the session, working mostly with process from a session or two rather than with history.
17.00   End of day


Sunday 8 November 2015
09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Disappointment and hope in the consulting room

The therapist's hope and sense of potential, and to varying degrees the patient's as well, is an essential dimension of the treatment process. But, like any human relationship, experiences of disappointment also run through the experience of the therapeutic engagement. Freud's vision of human experience suggests that disappointment is an undercurrent of everything that we do, including doing the work of psychotherapy. In this lecture we will consider the workings of disappointment, especially the therapist's pull either to succumb to it or to use manic defenses to ward it off.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Disappointment and hope in the consulting room (continued)
13.00   Lunch Break
14.00   Scepticism and neutrality in treatment

Many psychotherapeutic traditions emphasize the importance of the clinician's empathic connection with the patient. Less discussed is the need for what we might consider a benign scepticism, a curiosity about what might be missing from the patient's narrative, or even at odds with it. Viewed from this angle, scepticism attunes us to the workings of the unconscious. Freud's concept of "neutrality," although it is in many ways deservedly unpopular today, captures something about this necessary aspect of an "analytic attitude." Using both clinical material and examples drawn from our experience of watching familiar but always poignant dramas, this presentation will explore the necessary balance between scepticism and empathy in our work with patients.
15.15   Tea
15.30   Live Consultation

This session will come as close as possible to creating a sense of what a real consultation with the case-presenting therapist, in which the therapist presents a problem, or at least a question, about the way treatment is progressing. The goal will be to understand the process with a view toward addressing the therapist's question, not to developing over-arching formulations about the nature of the case. Jay Greenberg will be hearing the material for the first time during the session, working mostly with process from a session or two rather than with history.
17.00   End
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Fees

Self-funded: £240
Organisationally-funded: £300
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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 13 hours will be provided at the event
Venue

Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
20-28 Bolsover Street
London
W1W 5NB
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Schedule

Saturday:
09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Tea
17.00 End

Sunday:
09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17.00 End
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