ESTRANGED FROM ONESELF:
Negation Trauma and a Fiction Shaped by the Setting
In this course, we will focus on self-perceptions and perceptions of the other from a fluid, open-systems perspective. That is, the intrapsychic, intersubjective, and the interpersonal are approached as one dynamic phenomena. We will inquire about a plethora of unexamined fictions regarding self and others that pass for reality. What trauma-based fictions are our patients living with that result in an estrangement from the self? What persistent, unexamined fictions occupy our own analytic inquiry? Dr. Gupta will present her paper, which includes an intersubjective theoretical framework and an extensive case study for illustration, reflection, and participation.
NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.
The intent of this course is to focus on identifying socially constructed narratives, i.e. fictions, that are internalized and unconsciously held about the self and others which are then evacuated rather than thought about and examined. This course provides a theoretical framework and a clinical case example to facilitate a discussion regarding each individual’s unconscious fictions regarding issues of race, ethnicity, gender, immigration belongings etc. embedded in the social surround.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to
- Apply at least 3 aspects of an intersubjective model to the understanding and treatment of psychic trauma characterized by unrepresented states and unformulated thought.
- Use concepts of unsymbolized objects located in dissociated, unrepresented states and differentiate them from internal objects that are thought and repressed, in order to better determine a differential diagnosis and treatment approach.
- Identify and analyze three key components of “working as a double” requiring a greater use of the analyst’s mind.
- Colli, A., A. Tanzilli, G. Dimaggio, et al (2014). Patient personality and therapist response: An empirical investigation. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 171 (1), 102-108.
- Curtis, R.C. (2014). Systematic research supporting psychoanalytic and psychodynamic treatments. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 50. (1-2), 34-42.
- Diener, M.J. and M.M.Pierson (2013). Techniques and therapeutic process from a supportive-expressive relational psychodynamic approach. Psychotherapy, (50) 3, 424-427.
- Fonagy, P. and A. Lemma (2012). Does psychoanalysis have a valuable place in modern mental health services? Yes. British Medical Journal (344) e1211.
- Høglend, P. (2014). Exploration of the patient-therapist relationship in psychotherapy. The American Journal of Psychiatry , 171 (10), 1056-1066.
Rose Gupta, Psy.D., LCSW, is a psychoanalyst, clinical social worker, instructor, international speaker and consultant in private practice in San Francisco. Her papers—“Left Too Long: The Disappearing Analyst”; “When the Mind Does Not Arrive; Thinking About Trauma”; “Finding Frankenstein; Estranged from Oneself; and The Frankenstein Metaphor”—focus on negation trauma, intersubjectivity, and unrepresented states.
This is an intermediate to advanced course for clinicians with moderate to extensive experience in clinical work, and with a background in the principles of psychoanalytic approaches.
LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for _ hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPS, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 57020), to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs. NCSPP maintains responsibility for this program /course and its content.
Psychologists: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
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.