NCSPP 2009-2010: THE PENINSULA/SOUTH BAY INTENSIVE STUDY GROUP
The Traumatized Self: Theoretical and Clinical Explorations
In this yearlong course, we will explore psychoanalytic thinking on trauma beginning with Freud's seduction theory, and including contemporary theoretical perspectives on trauma. Together, faculty and participants will look at the relationship between trauma and such topics as: psychosomatic symptoms; dissociation; repression; splitting; developmental models; and the transference counter-transference paradigm. Participants will expand their understanding of trauma through hearing actual stories as well as learn how an analytic approach can address patients' symptoms and facilitate healing. A particular focus will be on how treatment can re-traumatize a patient. Finally, we will turn to contemporary psychoanalytic writers who have identified the insidious ways that social and cultural forces infiltrate psychic life with traumatic effects..
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