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February 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm, Wyman Classroom
2-Year Certificate Program (2YCP)
2023-24, 3rd Term — Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Karen Weisbard, PsyD
Michal Inspektor, LICSW
This course is going to focus primarily on sociocultural traumas. We believe that traumas cannot be addressed, held, and possibly healed if we continue to see the individual as the victim, and some Other as the perpetrator. Most of these readings and discussions will allow us to go further than this binary, and usher in positions such as “Implicated Subject” (Rothberg, 2019) and the Moral Third (Benjamin). In our current therapeutic world, there is much written about the brain’s response to trauma: fight/flight/freeze, dissociation, mindfulness, the body keeps the score, and so on. We believe these concepts are essential to addressing trauma, and our patients resonate with and use these tools to help them regulate. This course will take us beyond these tools, hopefully, to new ones that are often silenced or missing from our consciousness, and therefore from our patients’ ability to understand and transform their traumas.
February 5, 2024
We begin with our accounts of how we are speaking or not speaking of war in our sessions with patients. Why are we drawn to do so? Why do we feel we should not? Who is waiting to begin these conversations? Who feels they are necessary and who feels they are not appropriate in psychotherapy/psychoanalysis? How is it that some wars feel easier to speak of, and others feel forbidden? These are just some of the questions that we hope to engage, and speak about regarding our clinical work.
Levine, L. (2022) Interrogating Race, Shame and Mutual Vulnerability: Overlapping and Interlapping Waves of Relation. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 32:99-113
(As a reference/argument for why we therapists might need to be bringing up issues, not waiting for the patient to do so, but not the primary focus of our discussions.)