Our monthly reading group will continue meeting next Wednesday, April 13th, 7:30 PM. This month, we will again be meeting at the home of Dr. Ana Blancarte, 451 Mary Louise, in the heart of the historic Jefferson-Deco District neighborhood in San Antonio. SASPS Members can click here to download the .pdf (SASPS membership login required)
Dr. Summers utilizes the case of invisible identity to illustrate the import of social and cultural experiences in the life of the self as well as in the life of the psychotherapeutic relationship. The paper is particularly interesting in how the author articulates his interventions based on a more classical understanding of relational patterns manifested through the unconscious. As his interpretations provide insight, there is not an emotional cathexis in his patient. As he tracks his process and the process of the therapy he uncovers a deep connection within his patient to her ethnic identity. The paper illustrates the role of the social unconscious (though Dr. Summers does not call it this) in collusion with the personal unconscious and how this unfolds in the analytic treatment. We hope that you will join us for our discussion this month of the role of ethnicity and culture in our clinical work.
Please consider joining your colleagues on Friday, May 6th, for the SASPS Spring Workshop: A Day with Jerry Gans. Click here to register. Dr. Gans's workshop is titled: "Recognizing Shame and Acknowledging Courage in Group Psychotherapy" in the morning session, and "Money Matters in Psychotherapy: A Very Rich Topic" in the afternoon session. More information about the workshop and registration, and other SASPS programs, can be accessed by visiting our website:www.sasps.org.