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Online Colloquia:

Colloquium 7

Title: "The Analyst's 'Badness' in the Analytic Process: A Roundtable Discussion"
Paper: "Seduced by Affluence: How Material Envy Strains the Analytic Relationship" - Lawrence Josephs, Ph.D.
"The Analyst's Bad-Enough Participation" - Eric Mendelsohn, Ph.D.
"The Analyst's Secret Delinquencies" - Joyce Slochower, Ph.D.
Running Dates: November 1 - 19, 2005
Moderators: Daniel Shaw & Bruce Reis
Panel: Sandra Buechler, Steven Cooper, Jody Davies, Adrienne Harris

With increasing appreciation for the ever-present subjectivity of the analyst comes a growing recognition of the analyst's very real, very human flaws as a person. Challenging long held notions of the provision of a new (i.e. good) object experience as reparative, acknolwedgment of the analyst's badness undoes the assumption of the all good, selflessly devoted analyst and lays bare her own vulnerabilities and limitations.

How do these areas of the analyst's subjectivity enter the treatment, and what do they mean for the practice of a relational psychoanalysis? As we become increasingly sensitive to our fallibility, and to the constant bidirectional flow of conscious and unconscious currents in each analytic dyad, in what new ways are we challenged to understand transference/countertransference phenomena, our own influence on that which we observe, and the intersection of the two?

A roundtable format will take up three articles that address the theme of the analyst's "badness". Discussing these papers with the authors will be a distinguished panel of analysts whose own work has confronted many of the same topics. We invite you to participate in the converstion, to engage the forbidden and the dissociated in order to consider one of the last taboo topics within psychoanalysis.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute (NIP TI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NIP TI maintains responsibility for the program.

CE Credits: 5

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