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SCIENTIFIC MEETING – All Ears: Psychoanalysis and the Rhetoric of Listening

SCIENTIFIC MEETING - All Ears: Psychoanalysis and the Rhetoric of Listening

Presenter: Chris Vanderwees, PhD, RP

Wednesday, September 20, 2023: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (no break)

TPS Scientific Meeting: Open to All (*Fee may apply. See below.)

** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – Registration deadline is one week prior to the meeting. Preregistration is required.

This discussion will explore what Chris Vanderwees, PhD, RP refers to as Freud’s “listening rhetoric”, in order to think more about how we approach our listening practice in clinical settings. Freud models a pivotal “close listening” practice (echoing the new-critical “close reading” strategies) around attending to nuances of patients’ utterances. Against the grain of Freud’s method, many contemporary approaches to psychology advocate for what some scholars characterize as the positive role of empathy and affect in clinical counselling. Vanderwees assesses various psychotherapeutic schools of thought in terms of how each conceptualizes its own “listening filter.”

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Identify different “listening filters” and how these styles of listening might govern one’s approach to psychoanalytic treatment.
  2. Have greater awareness of the historical development of listening (free-floating attention) as a technique and the ways this technique has been conceptualized in several psychotherapeutic schools of thought.
  3. Reconsider the role of listening in relation to transference and countertransference.

* Registration/RSVP

Please note that there is a $35.00 fee for participants who are not CPS members, TPS Affiliate/Guests or TIP Candidates.

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Chris Vanderwees, PhD, RP

Chris Vanderwees, PhD, RP is a psychoanalyst, registered psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor at St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Canada. He is also the co-author of Psychoanalysis and the New Rhetoric (Routledge 2023) and co-editor of the collection Psychoanalysis, Politics, Oppression and Resistance (Routledge 2022). He is an affiliate of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and a member of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 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. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

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