APSP PRESENTATIONS

CONTEMPORARY SELF PSYCHOLOGY
AND RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS:
DIFFERENCES AND COMMONALITIES

Program Schedule

Fall 2002 To Spring 2003

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With the recent emergence of a focus on the relational matrix in various schools of psychoanalysis, the need has arisen to distinguish between the point of view of contemporary self psychology, influenced by post-Kohutian theoretical contributions, and that of the “relational” psychoanalysts, emerging from interpersonal and object relations theory. There are of course varying views within these schools of thought. However, in the hope of clarifying where these theories tend to diverge and where they may share common ground, APSP is presenting a series of three presentations:


 

I. CONTEMPORARY SELF PSYCHOLOGY AND RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS:
AN OVERVIEW

Saturday, November 16, 2002
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

In this presentation, James L. Fosshage, PhD will first present “Contextualizing Self Psychology and Relational Psychoanalysis: Comparison and Contrast.” Focusing on empathy, the concept of self, and therapeutic action (specifically theories of change and the analyst’s participation), he will address the questions: How do contemporary self psychology and relational psychoanalysis interface? How do these theories differ? What are the special contributions of each? Dr. Fosshage will offer points of integration, specifically around listening and experiencing perspectives and forms of relatedness, to enhance clinical work.

Then Judy Guss Teicholz, EdD, will present “Authenticity and Empathy in the Analytic Relationship: Their Dialectical Tension and Common Ground in the Analyst’s Affect.” Her paper will strive for an integrative view, in which empathy, the focus of self psychology, and authenticity, emphasized by relational theory, are understood to be two essential ingredients of the therapeutic stance, suggesting how the analyst may draw upon aspects of both self psychology and relational theories. (See the APSP Members Only page for a workshop discussing Dr. Teicholz’s views as delineated in her book Kohut, Loewald, and the Postmoderns.)

310 East 67th Street, New York City

 


 

II. CONTEMPORARY SELF PSYCHOLOGY AND RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS:
TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION

Saturday, January 18, 2003
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Sue Grand, PhD, will present “Unsexed and Ungendered: The Violated Self.” In her view, childhood sexual trauma speaks through a dual narration in psychoanalysis. There is a sexed and gendered voice and there is a “thing self” which is non-linguistic, unsexed and ungendered. Her case study, rooted in relational theory, will elucidate the “thing self” of sexual trauma.

Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD, working from an intersubjective systems point of view, will present “Trauma, Dissociation and the Loss of Complexity.” Her paper will discuss the way traumatic experience, in shattering the personal world, leads to a loss of complexity, in both patient and clinician. It appears in such phenomena as dissociations, reductions and dualisms. The question is: Where can we find hope for healing, integration, and restored complexity? Clinical examples come from experiential worlds left by parental suicide, whether threatened, attempted or carried out.

C.G. Jungian Foundation
28 East 39th Street
New York City
  


 

III. CONTEMPORARY SELF PSYCHOLOGY AND RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS:
HOW DOES ANALYSIS CURE?

Saturday, April 19, 2003
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

In this final program, self psychologist Frank M. Lachmann, PhD, and Donnel B. Stern, PhD, an interpersonal and relational analyst, will present their thinking on the curative factors in psychoanalysis. Each will present an overview of their understanding of therapeutic action, after which they will respond to questions concerning: the use of the analyst’s subjectivity, the role of empathy and authenticity, the value and meaning of idealization, the place of developmental thinking, and the balance between offering a new experience and the analysis of repetitively patterned experience. This discussion will seek to clarify the differences in theoretical understanding and clinical emphasis between contemporary relational self psychology and relational psychoanalysis.

Place to be Announced

 


 

ABOUT APSP

The ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC SELF PSYCHOLOGY is a collegial organization whose purpose is to provide a forum for ongoing discussion, study, and further elaboration of self psychology. APSP sponsors theoretical and clinical presentations by significant contributors to self psychology, including papers by APSP members. Other relational perspectives are also presented, with comparisons to self psychology.


APSP MEMBERSHIP FORM

To join APSP complete and return our membership form. You will receive detailed announcements for each program a few weeks before each program, with all registration information, including locations and fees. No admission cards will be sent; your name will be on our registration list at the door.

As a member of APSP, you will be entitled to receive reduced rates for the programs listed above as well as invitations to free Members Only events. For further information about membership, call Jean Owen at 212-288-8592.


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