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Anthony Bass: Imagining Psychoanalysis: I’s Wide Open— Imagination, Seeing and Change

February 11, 2021 10:21 AM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

SICP Lecture Series - Friday March 5 7-9 Eastern Time

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This presentation will consider the crucial role of imagination in psychoanalytic work, and its relation to therapeutic creativity. We will explore some differences between imagination and fantasy, and examine the ways in which learning to gain increasingly free access to one’s own imaginary realms in the presence of our patients facilitates points of access to our patients’ and our own internal worlds. We will see how expanding our imagination’s reach deepens psychoanalytic work, and allows freer uses of enactment and enhanced access to other transference/countertransference encounters that lead to change, growth and access to unconscious experience for patient and therapist alike. The structure of the evening will include a brief talk, followed by discussion and the application of these ideas to challenging therapeutic moments.

About the Presenter: 

Anthony Bass, PhD is an associate professor and consulting supervising analyst at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, and on the faculty, and training and supervising analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is a member of the faculty at the Manhattan Institute, ICP, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies National Training Program, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, where he is a founder and president. He is editor emeritus of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and a founding director of IARPP. He is on the board of the Sandor Ferenczi Center of New York City, and has been a visiting professor at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He leads clinical study groups and leads workshops throughout the US and Europe.

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