Dreams, Unconscious Fantasy, and Analytic Change
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hart House, University of Toronto
Open to all by registration.
The Joining of Two Worlds: Moving Towards Intersubjectivity and the Dream State
Presenter: Steven J. Ellman
Discussant: Ronald Ruskin
Dr. Ellman will define and elaborate his concept of “analytic trust”. The development of trust is crucial to allow the patient to fully utilize interpretive interventions, particularly transference interpretations. Similarly dreaming and the dream state (Bion) can only become continuous experiences if trust is a central component in the analytic situation. The development of trust is crucial for the efflorescence of and the interpretation of unconscious fantasy, particularly via transference manifestations.
Embodied Memories in Dreams of Severely Traumatized, Chronically Depressed Patients and Changes During the Course of Psychoanalysis
Presenter: Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber
Discussant: Carolyn Ellman
One unexpected finding of the large LAC study on chronic depression is that about 80% of these patients had suffered from severe and cumulative childhood trauma. As Freud had already postulated: traumatic memories are remembered “in the body”. The contemporary concept of “embodied memories” takes up Freud’s original ideas and opens new perspectives for the understanding of trauma both in the transference as well as in the dreams of patients in psychoanalysis. Changes in embodied memories in dreams might therefore be seen as an indicator of transformations during psychoanalysis.
At the end of this presentation participants will be able:
- Understand the relationship between transference, dreams, and unconscious fantasy in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- Appreciate the function of analytic trust, and how it affects dreams and unconscious fantasy.
- Understand how changes in dreams might be viewed as indicators of transformations during psychoanalysis.
- Apply knowledge of transference, dreams, trauma/embodied memories and unconscious fantasy to clinical cases.
8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 am – Introduction
9:15 am – Steven Ellman: The Joining of Two Worlds: Moving Towards Intersubjectivity and the Dream State
Discussant: Ronald Ruskin
10:45 am – Break
11:00 am – Open discussion for audience and panel
Noon – Hart House gourmet lunch, included in fee
1:00 pm – Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber: Embodied Memories in Dreams of Severely Traumatized, Chronically Depressed Patients and Changes During the Course of Psychoanalysis
Discussant: Carolyn Ellman
2:45 pm – Break
3:00 pm – Open discussion for audience and panel
3:45 pm – Closing remarks
Annual Day Committee
Les Fleischer, PhD, RSW, FIPA, Chair
Cyril Levitt, PhD, RP
Sarah Usher, PhD, CPsych
Madhu Vallabhaneni, MD, FRCPC
Steven J. Ellman, PhD
Dr. Steven Ellman is a training and supervising analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York, clinical professor at the NYU post-doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and Professor-Emeritus at the City-University of New York. Throughout most of his career he has been both a clinician and researcher. He has published more than seventy papers on psychoanalysis, sleep and dreams, and the neurophysiology of motivation. Among his most well known publications are Freud’s Technique Papers: A Contemporary Perspective, and When Theories Touch: A Historical and Theoretical Integration of Psychoanalytic Thought. He has recently published papers on narcissism, endogenous stimulation and envy, and the analytic change process. He was the first President of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies, he has been President of IPTAR twice, and has served On the Executive Council of the IPA. As well, Dr. Ellman has held editorial positions on several analytic journals.
Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, PhD
Dr. Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber is professor of psychoanalysis at the University of Kassel and director of the Sigmund-Freud-Institute, Frankfurt, Germany. She is a training analyst of the German Psychoanalytical Association and a member of the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society. She is Vice-Chair of the Research Committee of the IPA, chair of the Research Committee of the German Psychoanalytical Association, visiting professor at University College London, and a member of the “Action Group” of the Society for Neuropsychoanalysis. She has published numerous articles and chapters and edited many books, including Finding the Body in the Mind, and The Significance of Dreams. She has recently published papers on working with severely depressed analysands, psychoanalytic treatment for children with ADHD, psychoanalysis and pre-natal diagnostics, and the drive to love. Her research topics include clinical and extra-clinical research in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic outcome research, developmental psychoanalysis and early prevention, and contemporary German literature.
Ronald Ruskin MD, FRCP(C), Dip Psych
Dr. Ron Ruskin is a training and supervising analyst at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute, associate professor of Psychiatry at University of Toronto, staff psychiatrist and head of Day Hospital Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. He is a co-editor of Body and Soul, Narratives of Healing and has published papers on patient suicide, boundary violations, and applied psychoanalysis. He has presented over 100 papers on psychiatry and psychoanalysis at conferences, and has published over 45 short stories and a novel about psychoanalysis, The Analyst Who Died Laughing. He has a lifelong interest in integrating medicine, psychoanalysis, and the arts.
Carolyn Ellman, PhD
Dr. Carolyn Ellman is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York, and adjunct clinical professor and supervisor, NYU post-doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is the editor of Omnipotent Fantasies and the Vulnerable Self, and The Modern Freudians, and co-editor of A New Freudian Synthesis: Clinical Process in a New Generation. She will have a chapter on unconscious fantasy, entitled, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who’s the Fairest of us All? in Finding Unconscious Fantasy: A Clinical Book (P. Ellman & N. Goodman (eds.)) (forthcoming July 2017). She is well known for her expertise on envy and female psychology, and has published highly original papers in these areas.
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