Dreams to Dreaming: A Psychoanalytic Approach

Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (APP)
2019-20, 2nd Block — Mondays, 8:00-9:15pm
Caron Harrang, LICSW FIPA


About the instructor:

Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA is a board-certified IPA training and supervising psychoanalyst in full time private practice in Seattle (Belltown). She is a Past President of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and current Secretary of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC). Current projects include co-directing with Joseph Aguayo the Regional Bion Symposium in Los Angeles (April 2020) and co-editing with Drew Tillotson and Nancy Winters the forthcoming Body as Psychoanalytic Object: Clinical Applications from Winnicott to Bion and Beyond (Routledge).

November 4, 2019 — Course Introduction and Overview of Freud’s theory of dreams

[81 pages]

Phillips, A. (2014). “Freud Begins to Dream” in Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst, New Haven and London: Yale University Press. pp99-121.

This chapter from Adam Phillip’s book sets the mood and provides historical context for our investigation of Freud’s theory of dreams as the ‘guardian of sleep’ and a brief overview of his approach to interpreting dreams.

Freud, S. (1901). “On Dreams” in The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume V (1900-1901), pp629-686.

Read highlighted sections of PDF.

November 18, 2019 — How a devoted Freudian (Klein), and—for a time—a loyal Kleinian (Bion) radically shifted psychoanalytic understanding of dreaming

[12 pages]

Meltzer, D. (2009) Ch3, “The Klein-Bion Expansion of Freud’s Metapsychology” in Dream Life. Karnac. pp36-47.

November 25, 2019 — Dreaming and unconscious phantasy: a clinical example from infant observation

[20 pages]

Meltzer, D. (1984). “Dreaming as Unconscious Thinking” in Dream Life: A Re-examination of the Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique, pp51-70.

December 2, 2019 — Whose dream are we interpreting? Changes in analytic technique stemming from an evolving theory of dreaming

[17 pages]

Clinical Exercise: Examining one of the dreams presented in a paper we’ve discussed from a Freudian, Kleinian, Bionian, Intersubjective theoretical perspective.

Ogden, T.H. (1996). Reconsidering Three Aspects of Psychoanalytic Technique. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 77:883-899.

Discussion will focus on the last section of the paper pertaining to dreams and dream analysis.

December 9, 2019 — When patients don’t dream—then what? Cultivating a container for being, thinking, and dreaming

[29 pages]

Ogden, T.H. (2003). On not being able to dream. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 84(1):17-30.

Ogden, T.H. (2007). On talking-as-dreaming. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 88(3):575-589.

December 16, 2019 — Dreaming in the body: somatic reverie as part of the analyst’s tool kit

Civitarese, G. (2013). Embodied Field, Somatic Reverie and Patients with Blocks to Symbolization, IPA Congress – Panel #92.

January 6, 2020 — Transformations in dreaming—the work of Antonino Ferro and post-Bionian Italian field theory

[18 pages]

Ferro, A. (2011). Shuttles to and from the Unconscious: Rêveries, Transformations in Dreaming, and Dreams. Ital. Psychoanal. Annu., 5:89-106.

January 13, 2020 — Wrap-up and course evaluation through an exercise in ‘social dreaming’

[36 pages]

Lawrence, W.G. (1991). Won from the void and formless infinite: Experiences of social dreaming. Free Associations, 2(2):259-294.