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From Playing Out to Playing With: Transforming Enactments Into Play
Paper presentation by Jean Wixom, Ph.D.
ABSTRACT: The process by which enactments might turn into therapeutic play will be the focus of this presentation. Specifically, the analyst's selective exposure of his or her subjectivity can provide leverage for moving out of destructive enactments that can lead to clinical impasse, and into more playful, productive consideration of the patient's intrapsychic and interpersonal conflicts. Expression of the analyst's subjectivity for the purpose of generating therapeutic play holds curative potential for each member of the therapeutic dyad. A case presentation of a suicidal patient with an entrenched sadomasochistic character style will help illustrate the presenter's points.
BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Jean Wixom, Ph.D., practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Ann Arbor with adults, couples, and adolescents. She provides clinical supervision to local professionals and to postdoctoral fellows at the University of Michigan Psychological Clinic. Dr. Wixom is a board member of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, and is Continuing Education Coordinator for the National Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis in New York City, where she received her certification as a psychoanalyst.
Joint Presentation with Michigan Psychoanalytic Council
The Weed Blossom
A play by Gene Alexander
A Video presentation with actors doing a dramatic reading of the play. Following the Video three brief papers by play author, original therapist and a discussant will be read by local people and audience discussion will then follow.
ABSTRACT: The Weed Blossom is a play which had its inception in a conversation between Suzanne Chassay and Gene Alexander. Suzanne had written a prize winning paper about the suicide of one of her patients, a woman who happened to also be a poet. Gene had been the co-founder of a long standing poets co-operative and had been writing poetry for several years. As the two of them talked, Gene became interested in the possibility of writing a play exploring the patient and her legacy. The play had its first staged reading in Los Angeles where it was chosen for a spring new plays festival by The Company Rep. In November of 2006, it was presented at the IFPE conference in Pasadena. Joining Suzanne and Gene in that presentation was Dr. Barbara Blasdel.
The presentation was an attempt to illustrate how we learn to think in the shape of a story, and how an act of creativity can expand our sensibilities, developing our ability to work with narrative, both the ‘real’ and the ‘potential’ narrative, in the process of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The Never-Ending Quest to Find the Words...: A Story of Moving with Unconscious Process and Dynamic
ABSTRACT: The Never-Ending Quest... was originally presented in Queretero, Mexico at a conference sponsored by AGAPE, a Mexican psychoanalytic society. Organized and written around the conference theme, Words, Feelings. and Beyond: The Personal Meaning of My Analytic Experience, this writing looks back over the past 40 years and speaks to how the personal meanings of my analytic experiences have influenced what I have come to mean by psychoanalysis. Premised on a view of the unconscious as ubiquitous, mysterious, and the spiritual life force of human being-ness, this reflection begins in the mid-60’s when I came to learn the letters of the alphabet, and traces through the ‘70’s, 80’s, and 90’s my never ending quest to find and form the words that might express the feelings in working with the mystery, magic, and muscle of the human spirit. And also, why this quest continues to be a work in process...
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Kavanaugh is a former president of the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education, the Academy for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Arts, and the Michigan Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. He teaches, consults and is in private practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Joint Presentation with Michigan Psychoanalytic Council
Of Mind and Matter: Neurobiology and Its Application to Psychoanalysis
Paper presentation by Sander J. Breiner MD, FAPA
ABSTRACT: The Central Nervous System development from gestation onward (including its organic vulnerability to psychic stress) is reviewed. Special discussion is devoted to the White Matter's relationship to emotion and learning. The connection of the effect on the CNS by psychic stress; and the effect of the CNS (early developmental pathology and later trauma) on mental functioning is explored. Just as the brain can affect the mind helpfully and negatively; so can the mind injure the brain or help to heal its injuries. The benefits of psychoanalysis protecting the brain and moderating the effects of aging or brain trauma are discussed.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr Breiner is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Professor of Psychiatry, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University, Fellow American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians, Training Psychoanalyst Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, Chairman Standards Committee National Association Advancement of Psychoanalysis, published over 100 articles and 3 books.
Beneath the Surface of the Therapeutic encounter: Multiple Subjectivities, Multiple Codes.
(An audio CD presentation)
Paper presentation by Wilma Bucci, Ph.D., Kathleen Moore, Ph.D., Discussant
ABSTRACT: This paper, was presented at the 2006 Division 39 Spring Meeting, where Dr. Bucci received the 2006 Scientific Award , honoring 20 years of study of psychoanalytic process utilizing regularly recorded psychoanalytic sessions of complete psychoanalytic work with individual/Analyst pairs. She describes her way of approaching research, its roots in linguistic analysis, the philosophy of science which contextualizes her research approach, sources of her work within current cognitive science, the language of her classificatory schema and its equivalences and differences from usual clinical language, the evolution of her scoring system and an ongoing research project. Dr. Moore, whose dissertation utilized Dr. Bucci’s techniques, will lead the discussion, first offering some prepared remarks.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Wilma Bucci, Ph.D., Professor, Derner Institute, Adelphi University; Chair, Research Associates of the American Psychoanalytic Association ; Honorary Member, American Psychoanalytic Association, New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society , Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Director of Research at the Pacella Parent Child Center of NYPS. Kathleen Moore, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. A graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, she has a private practice in Bloomfield Hills.
Living on the Periphery: Adventures in Self-Discovery
The Fine Line between the Development of Expression through Assertiveness
vs. the Enactment of the Self through Aggression
Paper presentations by Marilyn Nissam-Sabat, Ph.D. MSW and Lisa Medoff, Ph.D.
ABSTRACT: Dr. Marilyn Nissim-Sabat will present her work with two clients to serve as context for a discussion of how a non-medical, non-reductionist psychoanalytic psychotherapy provides space for an individual to express herself freely. Through this process, an enhanced sense of unique identity can emerge through new found assertion of self. The idea of a new found assertion of self provides a contrasting perspective to traditional notions that assume that assertion is simply another level of aggression. Dr. Medoff will provide a discussion of Dr. Nissim-Sabat’s casework from a metapsychological perspective. She will discuss how the rich nature of the material reveals how words can be wrapped around experience so as to appreciate what can be found in the process material vs. assigning a diagnostic label to an individual’s associations.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a clinical social worker practicing in Chicago. She is Professor Emirita & Adjunct Professor in the Lewis University Philosophy Department. Her doctoral dissertation in Philosophy was on Edmund Husserl’s theory of motivation . She received her M.S.W. from Jane Aadams College of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago. Lisa Medoff, Ph.D. earned her doctorate at the University of Detroit in 1992, post-doc in 1994 at DPI. Since 1998, she has worked with residents in nursing homes.
Joint Presentation with The Academy For The Study of The Psychoanalytic Arts
EST, EBT, EBPP: What might this alphabet soup spell for psychoanalysis?
EBT and the Abbreviating of Psychology
Paper Presentation by Linda J. Young, Ph.D.
Does psychoanalysis treat passive receptacles with disembodied entities?
Thinking about some assumptions behind evidence based practice initiatives
Paper presentation by Barry Dauphin, Ph.D.
ABSTRACT: This presentation discusses many of the assumptions behind the movement toward Evidence Based Practice. The papers address the nature of evidence, the varieties of evidence, and the privileging of certain forms of evidence. Among issues to be addressed are distinctions between the scientific/knowledge-based interest in evidence and the political process within the profession. Clinical material will also be included to emphasize the practice implications of these ideas as they relate to real work done in the consulting room.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Linda J. Young, Ph.D. is President of the Academy for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Arts and is a Past Vice President of MSPP. She is the author of numerous papers presented at local, national, and international conferences. She is a consultant at the V.A. Hospital in Detroit and has a private practice in Ann Arbor, Farmington Hills, and Northville. Barry Dauphin, Ph.D. is president of MSPP and of Section IV, APA Division 39. He recently authored Tantalizing Times: Excitements, Disconnects, and Discontents in Contemporary American Society (2006), Peter Lang Publishing. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy and practices in Birmingham, Michigan.
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