Hello APPP seminar members,
Our theme of study for the fourth block series is “termination.” Termination can be interpreted a thousand ways within psychoanalytic contexts: the end of times, the end of a way of life, loss of capacity, my mind, reason, health, my life, my patient’s life, an animal’s death, my analyst’s death, a planet’s death, a fear of death, divorce, separation, a loved one’s death, genocide, mass killing, aging, suicide, the closure of a group, ending a relationship, ending an analysis or therapy… to name a few free associations. The loss of a way of life is really on my mind right now as we collectively share the effects of the pandemic requiring each day that we cooperate as a people across the globe by making sacrifices of all kinds to live and let live. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “termination?”
Our seminar falls on what will be your last class segment and the last hour and a half of your two-year study group… 5/18/20. One of our tasks will be to attend to the closure of your seminar series with your cohort. Having led analytically-oriented groups for decades, I can tell you that the practice of ending is acquired, meaning that it requires practice, critical thought and a capacity to self-reflect in the face of a micro-death. I strongly recommend that you attend our full sessions even if that flies in the face of a desire to cut out early, for whatever reason.
Death of the body, even micro-deaths, are little discussed realities in our psychoanalytic theories and practices and even when addressed are usually done so in reductive or superficial manner (Razinksy, 2013). We will have the unique opportunity, therefore, to study termination processes as you are terminating your two-year learning experience with your cohort and the APPP institution. I maintained an inter-disciplinary approach having designed our curriculum keeping a keen eye towards clinical applications of materials that we will address in our discussions.
Please come to each session with a question that arises for you as you read the material. The questions you provide will become our study guide. I will provide study questions beginning with the second seminar as well.