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50th ATPPP Scientific Session

50th ATPPP Scientific Session

From Free Energy to Free Association: The Freudian Method is Alive and Kicking

Presenter: Dominique Scarfone, MD

Discussant: Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick Hanly PhD, FIPA

Saturday, March 30, 2019: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $100

Open to all by registration. Preregistration is required.

Please join us in celebrating the 50th ATPPP Scientific Session

We have planned a special program to celebrate this occasion with Dr. Dominique Scarfone, and our discussant the original chair of the ATPPP Scientific Program Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick-Hanly, PhD, RP, FIPA. They will be discussing how psychoanalysis golden rule: free association, is a crucial tool for the craft of psychotherapy. After the event there will be cake to celebrate.

After tracing back Freud’s psychoanalytic method to biological principles formulated by the so-called “Physicalist School,” I intend to show how the method of free association, far from being outdated, is in fact consistent with modern theory of brain function and with the theory of psychic trauma, while also shedding light on the phenomenon of transference and providing a rationale for psychoanalytic interpretation.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session participants will be able:

  1. To link the Freudian method of free association (and freely hovering attention) to contemporary theories about brain and mind;
  2. To formulate a conception of psychoanalytic work consistent with the theory of psychic trauma without abandoning the classic psychoanalytic stance;
  3. To formulate a conception of transference and its handling derived from the theory of free association and psychic trauma.
ATPPP Scientific Committee

Marco Posadas, MSW, RSW Chair
Doron Almagor, MD, FRCP
Claire Lunney, MD, CCFP
Susan K. Moore, PhD, RP, FIPA

This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.

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Dominique Scarfone, MD

Dominique Scarfone MD is Honorary Professor at the Université de Montréal; also a Training and Supervising Analyst, in the Montreal French branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Institute. He will be a keynote speaker at the forthcoming 51st Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association, London (UK), July 2019. His most recent book is The Unpast. The Actual Unconscious, New York, The Unconscious in Translation, 2015.

Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick Hanly PhD, FIPA

Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick Hanly PhD, FIPA is a training and supervising psychoanalyst in the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis, in private practice in Toronto, Canada. She is Past-President of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and Associate Director of the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis, member of the International Psychoanalytic Association Committee on Clinical Observation, past Chair of the North American Working Party Steering Committee.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2018/2019 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

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