In this full-day workshop, Dr. Donnel Stern will both be presenting some of the ideas that he has developed and has been important to him and also conducting live supervision. The morning session will focus on introducing clinicians to Dr. Stern’s thinking, especially on unformulated experiences, enactments, and the relational field. Appropriate for both those new to his work and familiar, Dr. Stern’s focuses on the qualities of analytic relationship to help promote meaning-making and understanding. In the afternoon session, Dr. Stern will work with case material demonstrating his approach to therapy.

Donnel Stern, PhD, is Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City; Clinical Professor and Clinical Consultant at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; and a member of the faculty at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the Editor of “Psychoanalysis in a New Key,” a book series at Routledge that has 50 volumes in print and another 20 in various stages of preparation. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is the author of Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis (1997), Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment (2010), and Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field (2015). His latest book has just been published: The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language and the Non-Verbal. He is the co-editor (with Irwin Hirsch) of two books of significant articles by interpersonal psychoanalytic writers: The Interpersonal Perspective in Psychoanalysis, 1960s-1990s: Rethinking Transference and Countertransference (2017) and Further Developments in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, 1980s-2010s: Evolving Interest in the Analyst’s Subjectivity (2018).

Swarthmore Inn:
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:45 Don Stern: Introduction to Unformulated Experience
9:45 – 10:15 Questions and discussion
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:15 Don Stern: Introduction to relational field
11:15-11:30 Questions and discussions
11:30-12:30 Lunch & Business meeting
12:30 – 1:15 Don Stern: Introduction to enactment
1:15-1:30 Question and discussion
1:30 – 2:15 Presentation of case
2:15 – 2:30 break
2:30 – 3:15 Live supervision of case
3:15 – 3:45 Questions and discussion

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will be able to explain unformulated experience and identify within clinical situations.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the relational field.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss what happens during enactments as well as describe various types of clinical enactments

References:

Stern, D.B. (2003). Unformulated Experience: From dissociation to imagination in psychoanalysis (Relational perspective book series). New York, NY: Routledge Publications.

Stern, D.B. (2003). The fusions of horizons: Dissociation, enactment, and understanding. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 13 843-873.

Stern, D.B. (2004). The eye sees itself: Dissociation enactment and the achievement of conflict. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 40, 197-237.

Stern, D.B. (2006). Opening what has been closed, relaxing what has been clenched: Dissociation and enactment over time in committed relationships. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 16, 747-761.

Stern, D.B. (2009). Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment (Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series). New York, NY: Routledge Publications.

Stern, D.B. (2012). Implicit theories of technique and the values that inspire them. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 32, 33-49. DOI: 10.1080/07351690.2011.553163.

Stern, D.B. (2013). Field theory in psychoanalysis, Part I: Harry Stack Sullivan and Madeline and Willy Baranger. Psychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives, 23, 487-501

Stern, D.B. (2015). Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Fields (Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series). New York, NY: Routledge Publications.

Continuing Education (CE’s) Credits

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 5 (CEUs) continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in PA can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Div 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, those professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Div 39 approved programs.

PARTICIPANTS ACCESSIBILITY, NON-DISCRIMINATION, and ETHICS

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.

Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible. If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Philip Rosenbaum, Ph.D. at p.rosenbaum@wawhite.org. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as a conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common risk factors, if any.

REGISTRATION

Online registration will be available at the PSPP website http://www.pspp.org/ through 10/11/19. Following this date, participants may register for the program at the door.

Registration by mail is available by contacting: Dr. Philip Rosenbaum, 401 S. Chester Road Swarthmore, PA 19081

This program is intended for mental health professionals with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience it is not limited to individuals practicing in a psychoanalytic mode.

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