The Alan Pollack Annual
Psychotherapy Conference on the Nature of the Transference
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
8:30 AM Check-in
at Wilson Hall, 234 Herrick Road, NewtonCentre, MA02459
“As We Mind His Body”
JANET WITTE, MD
KAREN ROOS, LICSW and JAMES M. HERZOG, MD
MARGARET FOX KOEPKE, MEd, PhD
Given that the expectable main currency of psychodynamic psychotherapy is words, what happens in a treatment when the loudest “voice” in the room emanates from the patient’s body, and the therapist’s untranslatable, visceral response remains largely unthought? This paper describes an ongoing treatment in which a patient with disarming verbal skills nevertheless makes unusual and profound use of his body to convey a wide range of unwanted, ambivalently held, or disavowed drives, conflicts and affects. The power of this intrusion is such that we each, therapist and patient, “mind his body” nearly continuously, in one or another sense of the word: we are bothered by his body; we give our attention to his body; we obey the dictates of his body; we [attempt to] mentalize the communications of his body. The transference-countertransference experiences within this therapeutic dyad are explored, as are the challenges inherent in moving from a state of barely tolerating the patient’s unspoken communications, to risking attempts to make valued meaning of them. Resolution to a treatment impasse is found in paying increasingly precise attention to the patient’s physical state, and to the solutions achieved and the price exacted by his somatic expressions of psychological distress.
After attending this session, participants should be able to:
- Describe a variety of uncommon bodily expressions of psychological affects, conflicts and drives.
- Understand ways in which the therapist’s response to somatic expressions of distress may vary significantly from varieties of response to verbally expressed material.
- Augment their repertoire of skills for working with somatically focused patients.
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Janet Witte, MD is a Psychiatrist at Mass. General Hospital, Candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has a private practice in Boston.
Karen Roos, LICSW is a faculty member and supervising analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Teaching Associate in Psychiatry at HarvardMedicalSchool and Board Member, Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies.
James M. Herzog, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst, and Child and Adolescent Supervisory Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Margaret Fox Koepke, MEd, PhD is an ATP Student at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Medford, and Postdoctoral Research Affiliate, Suffolk University Department of Psychology.
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The target audience for this program is experienced mental health practitioners.
Early bird registration: $25
After February 8th: $40
Free for graduate and medical students
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship 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.
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