Upcoming Courses & Events
Psychoanalytic psychology both pathologizes and remains open-minded about the uses of technology. Patients’ use of technology as a form of communication in their worlds — as well as a way of showing/telling the therapist aspects of their lives — is now commonplace as technology rapidly continues to impact society and therapeutic spaces. This course will reconsider theory and technique regarding the analytic frame in a technologically saturated world.
Traffic on the royal road has thinned in recent years; clinicians may complete training with little exposure to dream studies or methods of working with them. But clients still dream, and this program will enable clinicians to engage with them fruitfully.
Sample dreams will highlight diagnostic and transferential information in initial dreams. Common symbols of the self — house and car — will be discussed for their psychodynamic implications. Dream markers correlated with trauma, borderline, suicide risk, and breakdown will be noted. We will identify core conflicts and internal resources, translating dream images into metaphoric language usable in ongoing treatment. Emphasis is less on theory and intellectual interpretation and more on direct engagement with affect, imagery, and narrative provided by the “dream-maker”.