by Eric Essman, MA
2016-17 SAN FRANCISCO AND EAST BAY INTENSIVE STUDY GROUPS: THE VIRTUAL EDGE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY: TRANSFORMATIONS IN TECHNOCULTURE
Speculating on pre-natal existence, Bion extended psychoanalytic theory backward. Our thinking now must extend deeper into the present to accommodate the impact of virtual reality, which constitutes an unavoidable dimension of 21st-century existence. Do technological changes demand alterations in therapeutic technique, including the frame-altering deployment of Skype and texting? Might relational practice or modes of intervention derived from field theory or trauma theory better respond to the needs of a techno-savvy, techno-anxious, or technophobic patient population than more classical approaches? Do the new self-representational capabilities afforded by digital media resemble transference and enactments insofar as they not only promote resistances but also provide leverage and genuine pathways for psychoanalytic psychotherapy and personal growth? We invite you to join our 2016-17 Intensive Study Groups (ISG) as they explore clinical and theoretical implications of accelerating technological developments.
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