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Scientific Workshop – The Place of Freud’s Dream-Work in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Scientific Workshop - The Place of Freud’s Dream-Work in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Presenter: Joshua Levy, PhD, CPsych and four colleagues

Discussant: Active Audience Participation

Saturday, December 1, 2018: 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.

In 1925 Freud added a lengthy footnote to The Interpretation of Dreams in which he asserted that the dream-work was the “essence of dreaming” (p.506-507). In this workshop we will examine and compare how an Ego Psychologist, a Kleinian, a Self-Psychologist and a Relational Analyst, conceptualize and utilize the operations of the dream-work in clinical psychoanalysis. In their clinical work these four analysts either accept Freud’s conceptualization of the dream-work, modify it or reject it. This will provide us with an opportunity to study, in a clinically meaningful way, the question of continuity and discontinuity in contemporary psychoanalysis.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Studying how the divergent analytic perspectives understand the place of the dream-work in working with their patients’ dreams.
  2. Learning to make comparisons between divergent analytic perspectives with respect to their use of the dream-work.
  3. Raising questions as to whether the process of studying and comparing analytic perspectives on the dream-work would be of benefit to your practice of psychoanalysis.

* Relevant references on four perspectives will be sent to the participants prior to the workshop.

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Joshua Levy, PhD, CPsych

Joshua Levy PhD, CPsych, is a training and supervising analyst at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute, Faculty member at the TICP and Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has published papers on the learning and teaching of dream analysis in psychoanalysis, has presented workshops on learning to appreciate the multiple perspectives on analytic interactions as well as a workshop on analytic listening.

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