Patrick Casement – Learning from Life: the acquisition of psychoanalytic wisdom

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Patrick Casement

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  • Discussion forum
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Patrick Casement
Learning from Life: The shaping of the psychoanalytic self

In this lecture, Patrick Casement explores connections between psychoanalytic theory and practice, and the personal passage of our own lives. Recounting family history and childhood memories, he traces the origins of his journey to psychoanalysis, and the importance of attachment patterns in defining that route. In particular, he describes the anger he felt as a young man and the enactment between himself and his first analyst that enabled this to be creatively engaged with. Casement suggests that the ‘bad’ must be allowed into the analysis, and that it is the practitioner’s responsibility to facilitate this; that to foreclose on anger with pseudo-parenting is a clinical mistake.

Video lecture – 44 mins

Experiences that bring psychotherapeutic theory to life

Here Patrick Casement reflects on the importance for the distressed child of being able to communicate their terrible feelings to a parent who can bear them. If the parent cannot, the child is likely to receive back the unmanageable state of mind, but in a more insoluble state than before. These unshared affects are then stored as a “nameless dread” (Bion, 1962). Casement refers to trauma as “that which we cannot bear alone” and the analyst’s task as being alongside the distressed person and their nameless dread, experiencing whatever we can of their suffering. If we can survive their anguish or anger without collapse or retaliation, he suggests, we can offer the transformative experience of being emotionally with another in their pain. This talk is illustrated with case examples.

Video lecture – 50 mins

Ways in which learning from life can help how we work with patients

Bion used to remind us that we don’t know the patient of today – only the patient of the last session. Casement proposes that preconception is alien to analytic insight and that we should approach the psychoanalytic intervention not with a sense of knowing, but simply with curiosity. Touching on theories of projective identification, transference and interpretation of the unconscious, he suggests that the most vital skill is in allowing oneself to be used, and in positively choosing to remain non-certain. He cautions us against imposing theory and suggests that the work is not in making the connection, but in seeing if we can find it with the patient. Connections are not made, he says, they are found because the past pain is found to be alive in the present.

Video lecture – 50 mins

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A certificate of attendance may be applied for (3 hours CPD) on the basis of passing a multiple choice questionnaire.

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  • This event includes 2.5 hours of video
  • Discussion forum
  • A Certificate of Attendance through which you can acquire up to 3 hrs of CPD on the basis of a multiple choice questionnaire assessing your knowledge of the module (additional £20)

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