THE S. JOSEPH NEMETZ MEMORIAL LECTURE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wilson Hall, 234 Herrick Road
Andover Newton Campus, Newton Centre (Directions) (Parking Information)
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The Interpersonal Field: Its Place in American Psychoanalysis
DONNEL STERN, PhD
JACK FOEHL, PhD
RICHARD GOMBERG, MD
Today the concept of the interpersonal field, while seldom credited to those who created it, is widely used in psychoanalysis. After reviewing how the concept of the field defines interpersonal and relational psychoanalysis, Dr. Donnel Stern will take up the rejection of the idea in American mainstream psychoanalysis in the decades just after it was proposed by Sullivan and Fromm, why that rejection took place, and how the entire discipline of psychoanalysis in North America might have fared if the idea had been more widely recognized earlier than it was.
- Donnel Stern, PhD (Presenter) Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty, William Alanson White Institute; Adjunct Clinical Professor and Consultant, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
- Jack Foehl, PhD (Discussant) Training and Supervising Analyst, BPSI; Faculty and Supervisor, MIP and Harvard Medical School; Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Assistant Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues; Editorial Board, International Journal of Psychoanalysis.
- Richard Gomberg, MD (Moderator) BPSI Faculty and Director of Psychotherapy Training at BPSI, private practice in Wellesley Hills, MA.
- Participants will understand the reasons for the decades-long rejection of the concept of the interpersonal field.
- Participants will understand the current contribution the concept of the interpersonal field makes to clinical practice and how it informs their clinical practice.
- Clinicians will take from this lecture a greater understanding of how the ongoing relatedness in the therapeutic situation comprises and/or determines the most important clinical event.
- Stern, D. B. (2013). Relational freedom and therapeutic action. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 61: 227-255.
- Stern D. B. (2013) Field Theory in psychoanalysis, Part I: Harry Stack Sullivan and Madeleine and Willy Baranger. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23: 487-501.
- Stern D. B. (2013) Field Theory in psychoanalysis, Part II: Bionian field theory and contemporary interpersonal/relational psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23: 630-645.
About the S. Joseph Nemetz Memorial Lecture
The Nemetz Memorial Lecture honors the history of American psychoanalysis. Established in 2009, the annual lecture focuses on the importance of communal memory: the idea that we honor our origins as we progress and further develop psychoanalysis in the United States.
Lectures in S. Joseph Nemetz’s spirit – reflective, community-minded and open-minded – emphasize imaginative service to the profession.
This program will be of interest to mental health practitioners at all levels of training.
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