THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON THE FRAME
Considerations of Theory and Technique
Psychoanalytic psychology both pathologizes and remains open-minded about the uses of technology. Patients’ use of technology as a form of communication in their worlds — as well as a way of showing/telling the therapist aspects of their lives — is now commonplace as technology rapidly continues to impact society and therapeutic spaces.
Using the work of Balick, Hartman, Lemma, Marzi, Scharff et al., and our clinical experiences, we will explore the impact of technologies on the therapeutic relationship and psychoanalytic frame. We will consider topics such as communication between the therapeutic couple (inside and outside sessions, e.g., photos, music, email, texts); tele-treatment and the place of the body (what is seen/unseen, felt/not felt, [non]embodiment); transference and countertransference; unconscious communication; limits and potentialities of connection. Our aim is to reconsider theory and technique regarding the analytic frame in a technologically saturated world.
At the end of this course participants will be able to:
- Describe some key differences in the therapeutic frame between in-person therapy sessions and tele-sessions when using technology such as FaceTime or telephone.
- Explain the differences in how the body is impacted and experienced for both therapist and patient when treatment is electronic, or “tele-treatment.”
- Discuss and analyze the differences and similarities in how silence is used and experienced when comparing in-person therapy versus tele-treatment.
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- Hartman, S. (2011). Reality 2.0: When Loss Is Lost. Psychoanal. Dial., 21:468-482.
- Hartman, S. (2012). Cybermourning: Grief in Flux From Object Loss to Collective Immortality. Psychoanal. Inq., 32:454-467.
- Tylim, I. (2012). The Techno-Body and the Future of Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Inq., 32:468-479.
- Scharff, J.S. (2012). Clinical Issues in Analyses over the Telephone and the Internet. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 93:81-95.
Drew Tillotson, Psy.D., is past-president of PINC and NCSPP, co-chair of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC), and sits on the IPA’s Committee on Education and Oversight. He has published on masculinity, aging, and intercultural phenomena; teaches widely in the Bay Area; and is in private practice in San Francisco.
This course is appropriate for clinicians in early-to-extensive career levels with experience in clinical work with some background in the principles of psychoanalytic theory and clinical technique.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.