Upcoming Courses & Events
What do we mean by a “successful” psychotherapy? How do we get there and what signals our arrival? Clinicians know how difficult it is to answer these deceptively simple questions.
The question about therapeutic action is not what “works” in a general way, but what works with a particular person, in a particular treatment, at a particular moment, and with a particular therapist. Psychoanalytic thinking offers us a multiplicity of ideas to choose from that can help us in our quest to answer these questions and provide effective treatment. Its dynamic, decentering, and ever-evolving understandings about psychic life and change both make the psychoanalytic enterprise enriching and its salutary effects difficult to define. These yearlong intensive study groups aim to help participants explore the terrain of therapeutic action and discover theoretical and clinical ideas that can enhance clinical effectiveness.
Every day we experience the wrecking effects of political and economic systems that emphasize individual responsibility and overvalue independence. We watch as social safety nets are thinned; we feel the impact ourselves and see it in our clients.
As the psychological and the social are continually unlinked and we are challenged to do more with less, how will we do the work we believe in while still thriving? Lynne Layton’s work gives us a way to think in these difficult times. She offers us an understanding of the concept of “neoliberalism” — the hypervaluation of the individual coupled with the devaluation of dependency and collectivity.
Join us for a happy hour extravaganza before you head into another academic/professional year! This is a great chance to mingle with colleagues, who are in various stages of their careers and talk about clases, internships, professional life, home brew, Cthulhu, or whatever else strikes your fancy.
Mentalization, or mentalizing, is a concept introduced into neuroscience and psychoanalytic thinking to denote the fundamental human capacity to understand our own and others’ minds as minds. Early disruptions in attachment and later trauma can interrupt this critical developmental function and result in psychopathology, most notably disorders of self-experience. Participants will learn MBT theory and techniques that can be applied to their present work. Clinical vignettes, including videos of MBT in action, will be used to translate theory into practice.