November 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Boston Psychoanalytic Institute
141 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459
617 266-0953

Searching for Reverie: A Traveler’s Observations

Over the last twenty years the post-Bionians have begun spelling out the beginning of the metabolizing process (reverie) in the analyst’s mind that takes place in the presence of underrepresented mental states. While this bold attempt has led to new discoveries with many possibilities for understanding patients, it seems to have obscured differences amongst leading post-Bionians with regard to how they see the forms of reverie, and how best to work with them. With Bion’s perspective as a background, this paper explores three approaches, and how they differ with regard to whether one follows the views of early or late Bion. Technical issues associated with these views are raised. A clinical example is offered as one way to use reverie.


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Fred Busch, PhD, FIPA (Presenter) — Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Busch has published over 90 articles in the psychoanalytic literature, and three books, primarily on the method and theory of treatment. His work has been translated into eight languages, and he has been invited to present over 160 paper and clinical workshops nationally and internationally. His third book, Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind:  a Method and Theory of Psychoanalysis, was a finalist for the Gradiva prize. He was the Editor of JAPA Books, and has been on numerous editorial boards.

Christopher Lovett, PhD (Discussant) — Candidate Member, and is on the Faculty of the Explorations in Mind program, BPSI. He is an Associate Member of the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and has published and presented papers on identification mechanisms, the psychoanalytic frame, and Green’s concept of ‘The Dead Mother’. He has a private practice in Newton Centre, MA.


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

  1. Describe the ambiguities in the meaning of the term “reverie”.
  2. Critique the ways of using “reverie” as seen in the literature.
  3. Compare “reverie” with the analyst’s countertransference and associations.
  4. Assess whether “reverie” is a useful way to describe the phenomenon under discussion.



Busch, F. (2015). Our Vital Profession. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 96, 553-568.

DaRocha Barros, E. M. & DaRocha Barros, E. L. (2011). Reflections on the Clinical Implications of Symbolism. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 92, 879-901.

Cassorla, R. In search of symbolization. The analyst’s task of dreaming. In (Eds.) Levine, H. B., Reed, G. S., & Carfone, D. Unrepresented States and the construction of meaning. London: Karnac.


8:00pm – 9:00pm: Presentations; 9:00pm – 9:30pm: Q&A and Group Disucssion.


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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 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 1.5 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 1.5 hours of CE.

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