This course, designed by the cohort, has three distinct yet related sections. The first four weeks will focus on learning some of the most recently remerging psychoanalytic theory. The next four weeks will be “Coffee with an Analyst”. During this time, we will interview four analysts on their perspectives on theory, their practices over decades, and the development of their sense of analytic identity. The final three weeks will be focused on our own emerging sense of analytic identity in ourselves as psychotherapists. We will address our own development as a learning cohort, as individual professionals, and our emerging identities as psychoanalysts.
Section I – Field Theory: Maureen Pendras, MSW and Ann De Lancey, PhD
[Detailed Learning Objectives, Clinical Impact of the Knowledge or Skills Learned, and References will be distributed to class separately]
Introduction and Overview
Welcome to the Field Theory part of your elective. We are excited to explore and learn about this topic together.
Antonio Ferro has likened the analytic process to cooking, and to the unique character of what any dyad creates together. We consider this course in a similar vein: our own attempts to create something together with you: something that is changed through the process of being and talking together and that is different from and more than the sum total of its ingredients.
“We should keep our discourse on the unconscious subversive… It should be fresh. It should be free.”
—From Giuseppe Civitarese, An Apocryphal Dictionary of Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge. In New Books in Psychoanalysis Podcast, June 4, 2019.
Civitarese’s Two Favorite Metaphors
From Civitarese, G. (2019). An Apocryphal Dictionary of Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge.
Three Blind Mice
Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?
A Penny for your Thoughts?
Section II – Coffee with an Analyst
Classes 5-8 will address the following topics regarding development of analytic identity: Changes over time in regards to theory and practice, how the work of psychoanalysis has impacted sense of self and intimate relationships, wisdom gained over time, the intersection of psychoanalysis with social and political issues, beliefs on the healing effectives of psychoanalysis.