LISTENING TO THE UNSCONSCIOUS: DERIVATIVE COMMUNICATION AND THE THERAPEUTIC FRAME
This presentation focuses on part of an analytic case, where issues associated with the "therapeutic frame" seem to cause psychic disturbances in the patient and certainly cause puzzlement on the part of the therapist. As the case progresses, the therapist begins listening more carefully to derivative communications in the patient's material in order to understand better the sources of his puzzlement, yet with only partial success. At a point about halfway into treatment, the patient recalls some important childhood and adolescent experiences, which underline why these specific frame issues were so important and what the derivative communications were indicating. The presentation draws a good deal from both Robert Langs and Carl Jung and attempts to show how reading derivative communications from each point of view can be seen as complementary to the other.
1. Participants will be able to demonstrate a basic, theoretical understanding of unconscious mental processes.
2. Participants will be able to discuss the "frame" of psychotherapy and indications that the frame frequently motivates unconsious reactions.
3. Participants will be able to provide one method for understanding unconscious processes clinically, namely, "derivative communication."
4. Participants will be able to demonstrate the use of derivative communication clinically by examining its use and value in a specific clinical case.
COST: $50 - 2 CEs/CMEs
$25 - General Admission Without Continuing Education Credit
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Jung, C. G., & Hull, R. F. C. (1975). The structure and dynamics of the psyche: 14-61. (Passage from On psychic energy, in Jung Collected Works vol. 8)
Langs, R. (2005). The Challenges of the Strong adaptive Approach. Psychoanalytic Psych. vol. 22. No.1. pp.49-68.
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