Events

Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Monthly Meetings



All monthly meetings will be meeting in the auditorium in the Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road, across the street from the Long Center. Our first meeting of the year will be September 7th from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. Thereafter, we’ll meet on the first Wednesday of the month from October through May.

 Salons

Our salons are friendly gatherings at the homes and offices of members of ASPP that intend to promote psychoanalytically and psychodynamically oriented knowledge at both beginning and advanced levels. The fees are aimed to support these and other ASPP programs. Our theme this year is Conflict, Enactments and Resolution.


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Conference/ Workshop Cancellation Policy

A full refund minus $25 administration fee will be issued for all cancellation requests received one week prior to day of the conference or workshop. No refunds will be issued after that time.

All requests must be in writing. Send email to info@asppaustin.org.


Upcoming events

    • 06 Dec 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road

    Dec. 6, 2017    ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING followed by: Encounter at the boundary     

                Gemma Marangoni Ainslie, PhD

                Private practice, Austin, TX    1.5 CE/CME/CEU/PDs (Clinical)

    The boundaries around therapeutic dyads are constituted by factors on a continuum from external to the dyad to internal to each of its members. In addition to what is communicated consciously, even directly about the therapeutic frame, patients also inevitably discern the limits, the perimeter, of the treatment via information that is not consciously offered. In the case I will describe, the patient encountered information about me on the internet and withheld this knowledge from me. When this was communicated, it both shed light on a particularly overarching transference dynamic and also led to the uncovering of meanings related to what he “knew” about me, what he imagined, how he had “found out,” and his concerns about and history with “illicit” knowing. The presentation will focus primarily on clinical material, including some “verbatim” excerpts from the treatment.  In addition, I will define what I refer to as boundary “encounters.”  A particular focus will be the psychoanalytic appreciation of process in understanding how, when, and with what motivations boundaries in the treatment dyad are approached, encountered, and sometimes breached.  In the process of inviting our patients to form and elaborate images of us that become apparent, indeed palpable, within the treatment, psychoanalytic clinicians understand that both content and process are meaning-laden, and that it is the therapeutic dyad’s joint endeavor to explore the boundary encounters as an instance of concerns and theories constructed in the patient’s life prior and external to the treatment, and heightened by the analytic milieu.

    Gemma Marangoni Ainslie, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin, TX. Dr. Ainslie is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Ainslie completed her psychoanalytic training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, TX, where she is current faculty.

    Learning Objectives:  At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

          Describe how boundaries in psychotherapy are on a continuum.

          Describe at least two different ways of considering the meaning of patient access of online information about therapist

    References:

    Goldberg, A. (2008). Some limits on the boundary concept. Psychoanal Q., 77(3):861-875.

    Tarnower, W. (1966). Extra-analytic contacts between the psychoanalyst and the patient. Psychoanal Q., 35:399-413.

    Weiss, S.S. (1975). The effect on the transference of ‘Special events’ occurring during psychoanalysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 56:69-75. 


    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Health Learning Building Auditorium at Dell Medical School, 1701 Trinity St., Austin, TX
    Register

    HIGH WALL: Part 1 of Film Series Salon

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    Shades of Gray: Framing the Clinician-Patient Relationship in Film Noir

    A Salon (Study Group) Facilitated by

    Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW

    January 17, 2017        7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

     

    Location: Health Learning Building Auditorium, Dell Medical School

     

    1.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of ETHICS

     

    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. 

     

    The Salon: This series of 5 films noirs by American, British, and Japanese directors will chart the post-war attitudes toward psychiatrists and doctors, with an attention to the shifting boundaries between patients and their treating clinicians. We will examine three general classes of relationship—the nurturing, the failed, and the malevolent—with the idea that any purity with respect to classification is doomed to contamination; in other words, our own attempts to establish boundaries—classificatory, moral, ethical, and methodological—collapse in the face of border-crossings and interpenetrations. Such a situation throws into question the very notion of what constitutes an ethical clinician-patient relationship, and these five films will offer us ample opportunity to plumb power relations within the treatment scenario. How, for example, is the acumen of the psychoanalyst or the healing power of the physician employed when patients are seen as victims or perpetrators of crime, as potential dupes for the crimes of the doctors, or as representatives of the dark side of humanity? For films noirs may be the best crucibles for examining the limits of human relatedness.

     

    The Film: 

    • v  High Wall (1947):  Audrey Totter plays the heroic psychiatrist in her treatment of a case of amnesia (Robert Taylor). This is the third, and arguably the best, of director Curtis Bernhardt’s psycho-noirs. Discussant: Robert Abzug, PhD


    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 19 Feb 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Dell Medical School Health Learning Building at 1701 Trinity Street, Austin, TX
    Register

    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)

    &

    Dell Medical School

    University of Texas at Austin

    &

    Humanities Institute

    University of Texas at Austin

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     : : 5-part Film Series : :

    Shades of Gray: Framing the Clinician-Patient Relationship in Film Noir

    A Salon (Study Group) Facilitated by

    Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW

    5 Monday/Wednesday evenings in January/February 2018        7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

     

    Location: Health Learning Building Auditorium, Dell Medical School

     

    5.0 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of ETHICS

     

    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. 

     

    The Salon: This series of 5 films noirs by American, British, and Japanese directors will chart the post-war attitudes toward psychiatrists and doctors, with an attention to the shifting boundaries between patients and their treating clinicians. We will examine three general classes of relationship—the nurturing, the failed, and the malevolent—with the idea that any purity with respect to classification is doomed to contamination; in other words, our own attempts to establish boundaries—classificatory, moral, ethical, and methodological—collapse in the face of border-crossings and interpenetrations. Such a situation throws into question the very notion of what constitutes an ethical clinician-patient relationship, and these five films will offer us ample opportunity to plumb power relations within the treatment scenario. How, for example, is the acumen of the psychoanalyst or the healing power of the physician employed when patients are seen as victims or perpetrators of crime, as potential dupes for the crimes of the doctors, or as representatives of the dark side of humanity? For films noirs may be the best crucibles for examining the limits of human relatedness.

     

    The Films: 

    • v  High Wall (1947):  Audrey Totter plays the heroic psychiatrist in her treatment of a case of amnesia (Robert Taylor). This is the third, and arguably the best, of director Curtis Bernhardt’s psycho-noirs. Discussant: Robert Abzug, PhD
    • v  Drunken Angel (1948): A fantastic noir from the great Kurosawa, with a tubercular criminal reluctantly in the care of a physician beautifully played by Takashi Shimura. The setting of post-war Tokyo forms a sordid backdrop to multiple boundary confusions. Discussant: Rick Peters, MD
    • v  The Upturned Glass (1948):  Brain surgeon (James Mason) offers, in a lecture on criminal pathology, a case study that turns out to be a kind of confession in this grim and compelling post-war noir that echoes the Dostoyevsky of Crime and Punishment, and treats the borders of sanity/insanity and power over life/death.  Discussant: John Bedolla, MD
    • v  The Accused (1949): Female psychologist (Loretta Young) becomes a femme fatale against her will(?) in this under-rated noir written by woman (Ketti Frings) in which misogyny and feminism vie. Discussant: Sabrina Barton, PhD
    • v  The Sleeping Tiger (1954): In Joseph Losey’s first film in England after being blacklisted in America, a psychiatrist (Dirk Bogarde) takes a petty criminal into his house for a long-term psychological experiment, unwittingly unleashing the passions of his young American wife.  Discussant: Carrie Barron, MD
    • Film Schedule:
    • 1/17 (Wed):     High Wall
    • 1/31 (Wed):     Drunken Angel
    • 2/5 (Mon):       The Upturned Glass
    • 2/12 (Mon):     The Accused
    • 2/19 (Mon):     The Sleeping Tiger

    References:

    Akram, A., O’brien, A., O’Neill, A., & Latham, R. (2009). Crossing the line–learning        psychiatry at the movies. International Review of Psychiatry, 21(3), 267-268.

    Bhugra, D. (2003). Teaching psychiatry through cinema. The Psychiatrist, 27(11), 429-      430.

    Byrne, P. (2009). Why psychiatrists should watch films (or What has cinema ever done     for psychiatry?). Advances in psychiatric treatment, 15(4), 286-296.

    Gabbard, G. O., & Gabbard, K. (1999). Psychiatry and the Cinema. American       Psychiatric Pub.

    Smith, D., & Fitzpatrick, M. (1995). Patient-therapist boundary issues: An integrative        review of theory and research. Professional psychology: research and practice,     26(5), 499.

    Wallace, M. (1993). Race, Gender, and Psychoanalysis in Forties Film: Lost           Boundaries, Home of the Brave, and The Quiet One. Black American Cinema,           257-271.

    Learning Objectives (one per hour):

    After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:

    1) Describe why maintaining appropriate professional boundaries between clinicians, family members, peers and trainees is ethically required

    2) Define professional boundaries and ethics within the workplace

    3) Become aware of the early warning signs indicative of ethical dilemmas and boundary problems in colleagues and implement corrective action

    4) Identify situations in which clinicians can breach professional boundaries

    5) Demonstrate narratively how the new information will be applied to everyday practice.

    Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW, is a researcher and mental health practitioner in both institutional and private practice. He has published on Schreber, shame, and a wide range of psychoanalytic topics, and is currently at work on a study of spatiality and the epistemology of murder in film noir. He has been appointed Lecturer at School of Social Work at the University of Texas, and has taught as professor (Literature, Women’s Studies, and Social Theory) for over 15 years at the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and the University of Kentucky. He serves as Treasurer of ASPP. Contact:  austinpsych@sbcglobal.net

                      

     

    Continuing Education            

    5.0 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development credits (Ethics) if the salon is attended in its entirety

     

    CEs: This program, when attended in its entirety is available for 5.0 continuing education credits. 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. Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to receive a Certificate of Attendance. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity and utility of the content and associated materials, the basis of such statements about validity/utility, and the limitations of and risks (severe and most common) associated with the content, if any. The program also provides 7.5 Professional Development credits for psychologists in Texas.

     

    CME: 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 Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 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 activities for social workers.

     

    Salon Coordinator: Ryan Parker, LCSW, ASPP Education Chair

    Contact Ms. Parker at rparker@therapyATX.com with questions or concerns about the program content. Contact the ASPP Administrator, Beth Martinez, at info@asppaustin.org with questions about payment.                           



    • 31 Jan 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Health Learning Building Auditorium at Dell Medical School, 1701 Trinity St., Austin, TX
    Register

    DRUNKEN ANGEL: Part 2 of Film Series Salon

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    Shades of Gray: Framing the Clinician-Patient Relationship in Film Noir

    A Salon (Study Group) Facilitated by

    Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW

    January 31, 2017        7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

     

    Location: Health Learning Building Auditorium, Dell Medical School

     

    1.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of ETHICS

     

    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. 

     

    The Salon: This series of 5 films noirs by American, British, and Japanese directors will chart the post-war attitudes toward psychiatrists and doctors, with an attention to the shifting boundaries between patients and their treating clinicians. We will examine three general classes of relationship—the nurturing, the failed, and the malevolent—with the idea that any purity with respect to classification is doomed to contamination; in other words, our own attempts to establish boundaries—classificatory, moral, ethical, and methodological—collapse in the face of border-crossings and interpenetrations. Such a situation throws into question the very notion of what constitutes an ethical clinician-patient relationship, and these five films will offer us ample opportunity to plumb power relations within the treatment scenario. How, for example, is the acumen of the psychoanalyst or the healing power of the physician employed when patients are seen as victims or perpetrators of crime, as potential dupes for the crimes of the doctors, or as representatives of the dark side of humanity? For films noirs may be the best crucibles for examining the limits of human relatedness.

     

    The Film: 

    Drunken Angel (1948): A fantastic noir from the great Kurosawa, with a tubercular criminal reluctantly in the care of a physician beautifully played by Takashi Shimura. The setting of post-war Tokyo forms a sordid backdrop to multiple boundary confusions. Discussant: Rick Peters, MD

    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TBD

    2018 Diversity Conference

    Only What is Human Can Truly be Foreign:

    The Trope of Immigration as a

    Creative Force in Psychoanalysis

    with Francisco González, M.D.


    Saturday, February 3, 2018

    9 am - 12:30 pm

    3 CE/CME available

    Until recently, there has been a relative paucity of work on immigration in the psychoanalytic literature. But while writings on the subject have recently burgeoned, the predominant tendency in this developing literature has been to see immigration largely as a psychologically damaging process, a traumatic event that poses unprecedented difficulties and usually leaves irremediable scars in its subjects. Little in evidence, however, has been an accounting of what immigration produces, how it generates and creates.  

    Francisco J González, MD, is a Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and a founding member of Reflective Spaces Material Places, a group of clinicians working at the intersection of community mental health, social justice, and psychoanalytic thinking. His writing often takes up the question of the social link in psychoanalysis, and covers a range of topics, including formations of sexuality and gender, primitive mental states, film, perversion, and immigration. His most recent work includes the chapter, “All Origins are Suspect,” in the forthcoming edited volume from Routledge entitled Becoming a Psychoanalyst: Fifteen Stories on Finding One’s Analytic Voice and his paper “Writing Gender with Sexuality: Reflections on the Diaries of Lou Sullivan” which won the 2017 Ralph Roughton Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. He serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Gender and Sexuality and practices in San Francisco and Oakland.

    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.

    References:

    Csillag, V. (in press). “Emmy Grant: Immigration as repetition of trauma and as potential space”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

    González, FJ. (2015). “Only What is Human Can Truly Be Foreign: The Topos of Immigration as a Creative Force in Psychoanalysis.” In Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves. Ed. J. Beltsiou. New York: Routledge.

     

    González, FJ. (in press). Iteration and Homologies of Difference: A Discussion of Veronica Csillag’s “Emmy Grant: Immigration as repetition of trauma and as potential space”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

     

    Additional Reading:

    Ainslie, R., Harlem, A., Pratyusha, T-N., Barbanel, B., Ruth, R. (2013). Contemporary Psychoanalytic Views on the Experience of Immigration. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 30:663-679.

                                                                           

    Grinberg, L. & Grinberg, R. (1989) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Migration and Exile. New Haven: Yale Univ Press.

     

    Winnicott, DW. (1967). The Location of Cultural Experience. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 48:368-372.

     


    • 05 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Health Learning Building Auditorium at Dell Medical School, 1701 Trinity St., Austin, TX
    Register

    The Upturned Glass: Part 3 of Film Series Salon

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    Shades of Gray: Framing the Clinician-Patient Relationship in Film Noir

    A Salon (Study Group) Facilitated by

    Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW

    February 5, 2017        7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

     

    Location: Health Learning Building Auditorium, Dell Medical School

     

    1.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of ETHICS

     

    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. 

     

    The Salon: This series of 5 films noirs by American, British, and Japanese directors will chart the post-war attitudes toward psychiatrists and doctors, with an attention to the shifting boundaries between patients and their treating clinicians. We will examine three general classes of relationship—the nurturing, the failed, and the malevolent—with the idea that any purity with respect to classification is doomed to contamination; in other words, our own attempts to establish boundaries—classificatory, moral, ethical, and methodological—collapse in the face of border-crossings and interpenetrations. Such a situation throws into question the very notion of what constitutes an ethical clinician-patient relationship, and these five films will offer us ample opportunity to plumb power relations within the treatment scenario. How, for example, is the acumen of the psychoanalyst or the healing power of the physician employed when patients are seen as victims or perpetrators of crime, as potential dupes for the crimes of the doctors, or as representatives of the dark side of humanity? For films noirs may be the best crucibles for examining the limits of human relatedness.

     

    The Film: 

    • The Upturned Glass (1948):  Brain surgeon (James Mason) offers, in a lecture on criminal pathology, a case study that turns out to be a kind of confession in this grim and compelling post-war noir that echoes the Dostoyevsky of Crime and Punishment, and treats the borders of sanity/insanity and power over life/death.  Discussant: John Bedolla, MD


    • 12 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Health Learning Building Auditorium at Dell Medical School, 1701 Trinity St., Austin, TX
    Register

    The Accused: Part 4 of Film Series Salon

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    Shades of Gray: Framing the Clinician-Patient Relationship in Film Noir

    A Salon (Study Group) Facilitated by

    Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW

    February 12, 2017        7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

     

    Location: Health Learning Building Auditorium, Dell Medical School

     

    1.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of ETHICS

     

    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. 

     

    The Salon: This series of 5 films noirs by American, British, and Japanese directors will chart the post-war attitudes toward psychiatrists and doctors, with an attention to the shifting boundaries between patients and their treating clinicians. We will examine three general classes of relationship—the nurturing, the failed, and the malevolent—with the idea that any purity with respect to classification is doomed to contamination; in other words, our own attempts to establish boundaries—classificatory, moral, ethical, and methodological—collapse in the face of border-crossings and interpenetrations. Such a situation throws into question the very notion of what constitutes an ethical clinician-patient relationship, and these five films will offer us ample opportunity to plumb power relations within the treatment scenario. How, for example, is the acumen of the psychoanalyst or the healing power of the physician employed when patients are seen as victims or perpetrators of crime, as potential dupes for the crimes of the doctors, or as representatives of the dark side of humanity? For films noirs may be the best crucibles for examining the limits of human relatedness.

     

    The Film: 

    • The Accused (1949): Female psychologist (Loretta Young) becomes a femme fatale against her will(?) in this under-rated noir written by woman (Ketti Frings) in which misogyny and feminism vie. Discussant: Sabrina Barton, PhD


    • 19 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Health Learning Building Auditorium at Dell Medical School, 1701 Trinity St., Austin, TX
    Register

    The Sleeping Tiger: Part 5 of Film Series Salon

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    Shades of Gray: Framing the Clinician-Patient Relationship in Film Noir

    A Salon (Study Group) Facilitated by

    Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW

    February 19, 2017        7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

     

    Location: Health Learning Building Auditorium, Dell Medical School

     

    1.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of ETHICS

     

    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. 

     

    The Salon: This series of 5 films noirs by American, British, and Japanese directors will chart the post-war attitudes toward psychiatrists and doctors, with an attention to the shifting boundaries between patients and their treating clinicians. We will examine three general classes of relationship—the nurturing, the failed, and the malevolent—with the idea that any purity with respect to classification is doomed to contamination; in other words, our own attempts to establish boundaries—classificatory, moral, ethical, and methodological—collapse in the face of border-crossings and interpenetrations. Such a situation throws into question the very notion of what constitutes an ethical clinician-patient relationship, and these five films will offer us ample opportunity to plumb power relations within the treatment scenario. How, for example, is the acumen of the psychoanalyst or the healing power of the physician employed when patients are seen as victims or perpetrators of crime, as potential dupes for the crimes of the doctors, or as representatives of the dark side of humanity? For films noirs may be the best crucibles for examining the limits of human relatedness.

     

    The Film: 

    • The Accused (1949): Female psychologist (Loretta Young) becomes a femme fatale against her will(?) in this under-rated noir written by woman (Ketti Frings) in which misogyny and feminism vie. Discussant: Sabrina Barton, PhD


    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Praxis

    Ethics Conference with Marianna Adler, PhD, FABP

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    March 24, 2018

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ethical discourse, as conceived of by the ancient Greeks, addresses the question: what is the right way to live as a human being?  The answer we give depends upon what we understand a human being to be, and what it is in human life that we find to be of value.  I will argue that inherent in psychoanalytic discourse are answers to these very questions.  As such, psychoanalysis by its very nature constitutes an ethical discourse and an ethical praxis.  Turning to the psychoanalytic literature, I will examine how the Fundamental Rule of free association, the efforts to make the unconscious conscious and the analyst’s responsibility to safeguard the place of the other, the space of difference within the treatment constitute the pillars of a psychoanalytic ethics. 

    OBJECTIVES

    1.           Participants will be able to identify the ways in which psychoanalytic discourse constitutes an ethical praxis. 

    2.           Participants will be able to explain how the Fundamental Rule grounds a psychoanalytic ethics based on the commitment to pursue the individual’s truth. 

    3.           Participants will be able to discuss how psychoanalytic responsibility towards an otherness that can never be fully known  grounds the ethics of the relationship of analyst to patient. 


    Marianna Adler, Ph.D., FABP, is a Training and Supervising psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin, Texas. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis and is on the faculty of the Center For Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston and Austin. Dr. Adler has previously presented papers to both the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Society and the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology on such topics as mourning and psychoanalysis, shame, Jacques Lacan, and creative inhibitions. Her paper “Bion and the Analytic Attitude” was the lead article for Round Robin, Winter 2010. “The Blank Page: Creative Imagination and its Inhibitions” was published in the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2008. 


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