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Scientific Workshop – Do We Have Sufficient Common Ground to Belong to the Same Psychoanalytic Society?

Scientific Workshop - Do We Have Sufficient Common Ground to Belong to the Same Psychoanalytic Society?

Presenter: Joshua Levy, PhD

Discussant: Active Audience Participation

Saturday, December 2, 2017: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(1 hour break)

Cost: $175 (includes lunch)

Open to Members, Affiliates/Guests, TIP Candidates, and ATPPP Trainees. Preregistration is required.

It is a fact that members of Psychoanalytic Societies adhere to divergent analytic perspectives. This fact raises the question: “Do they have sufficient common ground to belong to the same psychoanalytic society”? This is not a new question. It probably occurred to you before. If you did not immediately dismiss it, and instead reflected upon it, what was your answer?

In this workshop we are going to explore the question that is rarely asked: “What are the impacts of Divergent Analytic Perspectives on the analytic process?” Through reviewing detailed analytic interactions from analysts who adhere to different analytic perspectives – Ego Psychology, Kleinian, Self-Psychology, Relational – we will explore the similarities and differences among them and examine the challenging questions that these raise. These explorations will hopefully encourage the participants to become more aware of what of what these analytic perspectives emphasize and de-emphasize and to consider a variety of analytic options.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Review the unique features of four different analytic perspectives;
  2. Consider the challenging questions related to comparing different analytic perspectives;
  3. Evaluate a method of comparing between different analytic perspectives.
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Joshua Levy, PhD

Josh Levy, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute, faculty member of the TICP, and Associate Professor Emeritus in the Psychiatry Department of the University of Toronto. He has published papers on the teaching and learning of dreams in psychoanalysis; presented workshops on Learning to Appreciate the Multiple Perspectives of Analytic Interactions; Trauma and Dreams in Psychoanalysis; Analytic Listening; The Analyst’s Explicit and Implicit Self-Disclosures.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available. 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.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2017/2018 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

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