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Presenter: Koichi Togashi, PhD, LP

Saturday, May 14, 2022: 9:30 am – 11:30 am (No break)

TPS Scientific Meeting: Open to All

** Preregistration is required ** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY ** – This course will be conducted online. Email to rsvp. Registration deadline is one week prior to the meeting.

In this presentation, I will describe an Eastern ethical perspective which views the human world as a traumatized world and explore its clinical application. The human world is created by one’s preoccupation with observed phenomenon in the world. Naming creates division, discrimination, and injustice in the world; good or bad, poor, or wealthy, dirty, or pure, right, or wrong, ugly, or beautiful, normal, or abnormal, and victim or victimizer. Therapeutic relationship is subject to the same fate. We diagnose and categorize our patient and distinguish between them and us. We cannot escape from our preoccupation with human division, and inevitably traumatize and injure our patients. But we can surrender ourselves to the moment without any distinctions, what I call the zero, from which everything is born and to which everything is reduced. Therapeutic creativity would be born at the moment.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss the relationship between human suffering, naming, and the zero.
  2. Explain a dyadic process in which how a patient and a therapist can surrender themselves to the moment without any distinction.
  3. Apply this perspective to their therapeutic work with traumatized patients.
Koichi Tagashi, PhD, LP

Koichi Tagashi, PhD, LP, is a certified clinical psychologist in Japan and a licensed psychoanalyst in the State of New York. He is a member of the faculty, and training & supervising analyst at the Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation (TRISP), New York, and a professor at Konan University, Kobe, Japan. He has published numerous books and articles in Intersubjectivity and Contemporary Self Psychology in the US, Japan, and Taiwan. He won the Gradiva Award in 2020 for his new book, The Psychoanalytic Zero: A Decolonizing Study of Therapeutic Dialogues.

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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