The Use of One’s Unconscious as an Instrument of the Analysis with Lawrence Brown, PhD

  • 30 Mar 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • TBD


Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (ASPP), A local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association (APA) & Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CFPS), A center affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) present:

2019 Clinical Conference

The Use of One’s Unconscious as an Instrument of the Analysis

with Lawrence Brown, PhD: Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

We will explore three pathways for representing the analyst’s unconscious experience in the here-and-now of the clinical hour: reveries, countertransference dreams and joke-work. The author terms these three activities spontaneous unconscious constructions.  These appear unbidden in the analyst’s mind during the session and signal the analyst’s unconscious work to give meaning to the emotions that arise within the context of the unconscious intersubjective field of the moment.  Clinical material from the analysis of an adult man is presented to illustrate the analyst’s use of a joke, a reverie and a countertransference dream as three modalities that unconsciously represent the emotions alive in the analytic encounter.


  1. Participants will understand the common processes involved in the spontaneous formation of dreams, jokes and reveries.
  2. Participants will learn the clinical applications of the three pathways to representing the analyst’s unconscious experience in the clinical hour.


Ogden, T. (2004) This art of psychoanalysis: Dreaming undreamt dreams and interrupted cries.IJP, 85: 857-877.

Brown, L. J. (2007) On dreaming one’s patient: Reflections on an aspect of countertransference dreams.  Psa Q, 76: 835-861.

Ferro, A. (2009) Transformations in Dreaming and Characters in the Psychoanalytic Field,. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 90:209-230

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CME: These activities have 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 Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates these live activities for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose.  ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Provider # 1138) to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas. ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers  and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138).

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