When:
February 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
2017-02-01T20:00:00-05:00
2017-02-01T21:30:00-05:00
Where:
BPSI
141 Herrick Rd
Newton Centre
MA 02459
Contact:
Lauren Lukason
617-266-0953 x107
A Clinical Exploration of Bion’s Enigmatic Transformations in K and O @ BPSI

 

 

A Clinical Exploration of Bion’s Enigmatic Transformations in K and O

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
BPSI Library, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Fee: Early Bird: $30 • Regular: $40 (after January 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm)
The fee is waived for BPSI Members, Trainees, and Associates. Scholarships are available upon request.

 This program will be of interest to intermediate and advanced practitioners.

 

Space is limited. Registration is required.

 

Karen Roos, LICSW (Presenter)

is a member and on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and is a faculty member and supervising analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is a board member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, and a teaching associate in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  She is in private practice in Brookline, MA.

Lawrence Brown, PhD (Discussant and Moderator)

is a graduate of the Child and Adult psychoanalytic training programs of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where he is on the faculty and a supervisor in the child analysis program.  He is on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, President of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, and on the editorial board of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  He is the author of many papers and a book (2011), Intersubjective Processes and the Unconscious: An Integration of Freudian, Kleinian and Bionian Perspectives, and he also co-edited two other recent books.  His forthcoming book, Contemporary Psychoanalysis: The Theory and Technique of Transformations, will be published by IPA Publications and Karnac.

 

A Clinical Exploration of Bion’s Enigmatic Transformations in K and O

In this clinical paper I demonstrate the psychic work required of the analyst to reach patients who have suffered early emotional catastrophes that endure as autistic or traumatic encapsulations. Early Bion proposed what he called the K link between analyst and patient (mother and infant), a state of “coming to know” a person that is achieved by tolerating the anxiety of not knowing and by relinquishing memory and desire. “Transformations in K” will evolve that allow patient and analyst to learn from their emotional experience.  Late Bion shifted the focus from understanding (K) to experiencing (O). Thomas Ogden, a leading interpreter of Bion in the United States, notes: “The task of the analyst is not that of understanding or figuring out the nature of the psychic reality of the moment in the analytic session: rather, the analyst’s task is to intuit that unconscious psychic reality by becoming at one with it.” A transformation in O is to be at one with what is, the O of the analytic encounter.  The analyst must enter the unknown of primitive mental states, the patient’s and her own. Through this clinical exploration I attempt to animate Bion’s enigmatic concepts of transformation in K and O.

 

 Space is limited. Registration is required.

 

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the presence of an autistic core in a person who has suffered from an early and profound failure of containment by a primary object.
  2. Utilize visual and somatic reverie as a mode of intuiting the patient’s unconscious emotional communications, the “truth of what is happening” (Thomas Ogden).
  3. Differentiate a transformation in K from a transformation in O.

 

References:

Civitarese, Giuseppe. (2015). Transformations in Hallucinosis and the Receptivity of the Analyst. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 96.

Nissen, Bernd. (2015). Faith (F) and presence moment (O) in analytic processes: an example of a narcissistic disorder. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 96.

Ogden, Thomas. (2015). Intuiting the Truth of What’s Happening: On Bion’s ‘Notes on Memory and Desire.’ Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 84.

 

Schedule

8:00 pm – 8:50 pm: Presentation; 8:50 – 9:00 pm: Discussant; 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Discussion and Q&A

Space is limited. Registration is required.

 

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.

 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.

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