A "MIRROR THAT SEES":
Seeing and Being Seen Remotely in a Time of Pandemic
This course applies extant offerings from analysts who have helped us consider how to adapt to virtual practice “virtually” overnight in response to COVID-19. A brief review of common and crucial considerations for providing technologically mediated sessions during the pandemic will set the ground for discussion. Case material will illustrate the challenges and potential opportunities of therapeutic screen relations at the current moment – a moment when we are poised to manage a continued, grave risk in new ways. The physical experience and the psychological stakes of seeing and being seen via screen within the current context will be explored from Lacanian, relational, and Bionian perspectives.
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 seminar will consider intrapsychic, interpersonal, and collective levels of experiencing techonologically-mediated therapy during this time of pandemic. Case examples will include exploration of group-based differences in access to hardware, time, and private space; the quality and consistency of internet connection; and the economic impacts of the pandemic and quarantine as they relate to the therapeutic work and our collective process of living through this trauma and beginning to know about it, to process our experiences of it.
Monica Sicilia, Ph.D., has worked at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families, Bay Area Clinical Associates, and Oakes Children's Center, where she was the Assistant Clinical Training Director. Dr. Sicilia co-authored a book chapter, "The self in post-traumatic stress disorder," in 2016 (Cambridge University Press). She works with youth, parents, and families.
This course is for clinicians at all stages of their careers, who are grappling with the session-to-session and long-term impact of teletherapy within the context of Covid-19. Clinicians with intermediate-advanced understanding of the principles of psychoanalytic theory and practice, as well as those with some background in these principles and keen interest in applying these theories to teletherapy practice under the current circumstances are welcome.
For program related questions contact Ronna Milo Haglili, email@example.com.