February 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
141 Herrick Rd
Lauren Lukason




Psychoanalytic Field Theory, Part II: Theory


Jack Foehl, PhD

Psychoanalyst Member, Training and Supervising Analyst, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI. Private practice in Newton.

Chris Lovett, PhD

Advanced Candidate, and Faculty of the Explorations in Mind program, BPSI. Private practice in Newton Centre.


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6 Sessions: Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Fee: Early Bird: $175 • Regular: $225 (after January 14, 2016)

The fee is waived for BPSI Members, Trainees, and Associates. Scholarships are available upon request.


This course represents a continuation of the Field Theory, Part I course that concentrated more on the theory of the analytic field. In Part II the focus will be more on innovative ways of conceptualizing and practicing psychoanalytic technique that have emerged from the field theory literature. These include the greater emphasis on “unsaturated” versus “saturated” interpretation in the analyst’s method, as described by the Italian field theorists, as well as the observation, understanding and inclusion into the analytic therapist’s repertoire clinical phenomena such as “bastions”, “characters in the field”, “dreaming the session”, and the various manifestations of the “analytic third”.


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Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze and critique aspects of psychoanalytic technique that have emerged from the South American and Italian analytic field theorists.
  2. Discuss the differences in the use of ‘saturated’ vs. ‘unsaturated’ interpretations and their relation to more traditional ways of defining and employing interpretation in psychoanalytic technique.
  3. Compare the various uses of the “Oneiric Paradigm” in relation to the psychoanalytic session.
  4. Demonstrate methods of listening to and understanding analytic process in terms of Ogden’s concept of “talking as dreaming”.
  5. Describe the evolution of analytic concepts of interpretation as they evolved from Freud, Klein and Bion into their current forms of technique as described by the Barrangers, Ferro and Ogden.
  6. Assess the similarities and differences between Joseph’s “total transference” and the concept of the field in terms of its implications for clinical technique.



7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Lecture, 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Group Discussion

This course is only for licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing Education credits are offered for psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.


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Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 9 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617/266-0953 or office@bpsi.org for more information.

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Grievance Policy

Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/ Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures

Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted.

All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.