From Wishful Thinking to Research-Informed Decisions
This course offers an in-depth empirical perspective on technology-mediated therapy. It is designed to help clinicians work more effectively with clients using technology, as well as to better understand the limitations of technology-mediated therapy, the nature of Presence, and the significance of embodied relating. The gains and losses of technologically mediated treatment will be assessed via clinical experience and current research, including in fields outside of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, such as computer/human interaction and neuroscience. Sociopolitical factors will also be considered.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Assess the gains and losses of technologically-mediated treatment based on research in fields outside of psychoanalytic psychotherapy such as computer/human interaction and neuroscience.
- Define the technical concept of Presence as used by researchers in computer-mediated communication.
- Apply the concept of Presence to psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic effectiveness.
- Identify both benefits and shortcomings associated with introducing technology into clinical work.
- Russell, G. (2015). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. London: Karnac Books.
- Kruse, C.S., et al. (2018). Evaluating barriers to adopting telemedicine worldwide: A systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 24, 4-12.
- Scharff, J.S. (Ed.) (2013). Psychoanalysis Online: Mental Health, Teletherapy and Training. Karnac Books, London
- Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Vol 14 Issue 2 2017 Special Technology issue, including:
- Turkle, S. Essig, T. Russell, G.I. (2017). Afterword: Reclaiming Psychoanalysis: Sherry Turkle in Conversation With the Editors. Psychoanal. Perspect., 14(2):237-248.
- Brahnam, S. (2017). Comparison of In-Person and Screen-Based Analysis Using Communication Models: A First Step Toward the Psychoanalysis of Telecommunications and Its Noise. Psychoanal. Perspect., 14(2):138-158
- Turkle, S. (2016). Reclaiming conversation: The power of talk in a digital age. Penguin.
- Turkle, S. (2011). Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York, Basic Books.
Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D., NCPsyA, a UK-trained psychoanalyst, is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytical Association, and the British Psychoanalytic Council. Her book, Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, was published by Karnac Books in 2015. Dr. Russell writes, speaks, and teaches internationally on technology and its impact on intimate human relationships, particularly in psychoanalytic treatment. She currently practices in Boulder, Colorado.
Amber Trotter, Psy.D., is a graduate of Middlebury College, Access Institute, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she currently teaches. She has a background in sociology and political activism and thinks and writes about the nexus of psychoanalysis and contemporary society. She recently published a book, Psychoanalysis as a Subversive Phenomenon (Lexington Books, 2019) and is a founding editor at Damage Magazine. She has a private practice in San Francisco.
This intermediate course is for clinicians with moderate to extensive experience in clinical work with some background in the principles of psychoanalytic approaches.
LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPS, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 57020), to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs. NCSPP maintains responsibility for this program /course and its content.
Psychologists: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.