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Intersubjectivity in the treatment of dissociation: Converging perspectives from affective neuroscience, relational psychoanalysis, and empirical research

  • 28 Nov 2012
  • 08 Dec 2012
  • 1528 Walnut Street, Philadelphia


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PCPE Reading Seminar and Workshop

Invited Speaker

Wilma Bucci, Ph.D. is Honorary Member of APsaA, the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI),  and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR);  Co-Chair, Committee on Research Education,  APsaA;  Member of Faculty of Research Training Programme of the IPA;  author of Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Science: A Multiple Code Theory, and many clinical, theoretical and research papers; Co-Director of Research at NYPSI;  Professor Emerita, Derner Institute, Adelphi University

Wilma Bucci's work provides a unique companion to reading the Relational literature, in that her own multiple code theory grounds major ideas -- notably the centrality of dissociation, and the inherently intersubjective nature of its emergence and transformation in the process of psychoanalytic work  -- in writing from the fields of cognitive science and affective neuroscience, and also in empirical investigations.  Her emphasis on the ways in which experience is encoded in multiple ways, including both subsymbolic and symbolic representations, and the ways in which trauma disrupts the ability to make meaning of experience, dovetails with Relational understandings of trauma and dissociation.  Further, Dr. Bucci's evocation of the ways that the therapist's own motoric, affective and imagistic levels of experience are activated while engaging with the patient, and her assertion that the therapist and patient both undergo change in their respective emotion schemas as they work with what emerges between them, are also very much in keeping with contemporary Relational models of the analytic process.

In this seminar, Dr. Bucci will engage with participants in elaborating the ways in which the multiple code model can be used to deepen understanding of elements of the clinical process.

The workshop will be preceded by two evening reading and discussion meetings, facilitated by David Mark, Ph.D. and Rachel Kabasakalian McKay, Ph.D. These meetings will take place on the two Wednesday evenings preceding the workshop: November 28 and December 5, from 7:30 – 9:30.

The workshop and reading group meetings will take place at 1528 Walnut St. in Philadelphia.

Learning Objectives

Participants are expected to learn or be able to do the following as a result of having attended the seminar:

·      To learn basic concepts of multiple code theory, including the concepts of emotion schemas and the referential process, and their relationship to psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice.

·      To identify the processes by which bodily and emotional experience are connected to language, and distinguish modes of language that operate in different phases of the referential process.

·      To examine the inherent and adaptive nature of dissociative processes as defined in the theoretical context of multiple code theory.

·      To examine the roots of pathological dissociative processes and their secondary effects as these arise in chronic difficulties of the caretaking situation, as well as in acute traumatic events.

·      To learn how the interplay of dissociative and integrative processes in patient and in analyst operate jointly in emotional communication in treatment.

·      To apply theoretical concepts and research discussed in the seminar to their own clinical work.

·      To apply theoretical concepts and research discussed in the seminar to clinical work described in the psychoanalytic literature

·      To articulate at least one way in which contemporary psychoanalytic theories and emerging work from the fields of cognitive science and affective science converge

CE Credits  

Nine (9) CE credits are available.

Registration Fees and Policies

PSPP Members: $195

PSPP ECP Members: $145

Nonmembers: $225

Nonmember ECPs:  $165

*ECP: Early Career Professionals are those within three years of receiving their professional degree.

Registration: online at  www.pcpeonline.org

or mail check to: PCPE, Box 275, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Reading Group Facilitators

David Mark, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Philadelphia and Narberth.  He is director of The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and is clinical assistant professor at The University of Pennsylvania.  His articles have appeared in Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  In 1997, he co-authored, with Jeffrey Faude, Ph.D., The Psychotherapy of Cocaine Addiction: Entering the Interpersonal World of the Cocaine Addict, published by Jason Aronson.

Rachel Kabasakalian McKay, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, with a practice in Center City Philadelphia.  She is associate director of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, of which she is a graduate.  Dr. McKay is a former president of PSPP and current Board member of PCPE, and is on the adjunct faculty at Widener University.

Continuing Education

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program is offered for nine (9) 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.

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by APA. Since PCPE is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PCPE programs.

PCPE is 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 with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If you have concerns about such issues as handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Dr. Barbara Zimmerman-Slovak at bzslovak@comcast.net. 

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