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Dynamic Linking of Psyche and Soma: Redefining the Terms of Engagement in Relational Psychoanalysis

  • 26 Feb 2014
  • 7:30 PM
  • 08 Mar 2014
  • 5:30 PM
  • The Bridge, Narberth, PA


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This program will entail two evening meetings to discuss readings by Dr. Rappoport and other relational theorists, followed by a Workshop with Dr. Rappoport on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The group discussion leaders will be Dr. Miriam Franco and Dr. Jeffery Faude. The syllabus will include Dr. Rappoport’s recent article on somatic processing: Creating the Umbilical Chord: Relational Knowing and the Somatic Third (Psychoanalytic Dialogues, vol 22, 375-388. 2012) and a chapter: Dynamic Linking of Psyche and Soma in a soon to be published book entitled: Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration: An emerging synergy (Routledge, 2014).

Traumatic symptoms are often embedded in the body, creating habitual patterns of constriction, dissociation, anxiety and pain. Dr. Rappoport, in her work with somatic experiencing, expands the relational field providing specific techniques to map and access the patient’s dissociative body states and ways to incorporate the analyst’s own body experiences in her work with severe trauma and body dissociation. Working with the somatic-sensory system, she facilitates her patient’s capacity to access individual resources, improve affect regulation and increase their ability to establish and to contain boundaries.

Dr. Rappoport will give particular attention to the implicit role of the body in the structure and process of the psyche as well as to the role of regulation and the social engagement system in attachment. She will address the concept of mentalization and show how this process is facilitated by somatic practice. Highlighting somatic resonance and embodied experiences between therapist and patient, she will demonstrate the mutual influence of subjective embodied encounters in the relational field. Specific attention will be given to the new development in the interpersonal neurobiology and its relevance to early attachment patterns as they unfold in the implicit body also known as the body unconscious. Dr. Rappoport will present a clinical case to illustrate how this dynamic linking of psyche with emotional and physical states evokes greater aliveness and resilience in both the patient and the analyst.

Biography of Evelyn Rappoport, Psy.D.

Evelyn Rappoport, Psy.D. is a graduate of Yeshiva University and NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has a full time practice with a specialization in somatic experience and trauma resolution and provides supervision in a number of analytic institutes. She offers private supervision groups in both NYC and Jerusalem where she emphasizes integrating somatic, embodied experiences with contemporary psychoanalytic approaches. Dr. Rappoport has presented workshop at NYU Postdoctoral, National Institute of Psychotherapy and Division 39 of the APA. She is on the Board of the International Trauma Healing Organization under whose auspices she offers workshops on Emotional First Aid to diverse communities and organizations.

Biographies of Discussion Group Facilitators

Miriam Franco, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and an analytic candidate at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis (IRPP) in Philadelphia and is in private practice in Wayne, PA.

Jeffrey Faude, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and analytic candidate at IRPP. He has facilitated numerous workshops through PCPE He is in private practice in Wayne and Phoenixville, PA.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

1) Describe the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous system in relationship to arousal levels and discharge.

2) Develop the capacity to make a distinction between auto regulation, self-regulation and interactive regulation both conceptually and clinically. 

3) Understand the difference between the explicit memory and implicit memory and how they manifest in treatment.

4) Apply specific somatic interventions to include the body experience when working with emotional states of the patient.

5) Gain an understanding of inter-subjective embodied experiences that occur in the relational field both on a conscious and unconscious level.

Dates and Times

Discussion groups

Wednesday, February 26 and March 5, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 PM

The Bridge in Narberth, PA.


Saturday March 8, 2014, from 1-5:30 PM

The Bridge in Narberth, PA.


1:00 PM: Arrival, registration.

1:15 PM: The workshop will begin.

3:00 PM: Coffee break.

4:45 PM: Discussion and Feedback

5:15 PM CE forms distributed and collected.

CE Credits

Eight (8) CE credits are available.

Educational Prerequisites

PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Eight (8) CE credits will be awarded to psychologists who attend the Reading Seminar IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers. Eight (8) CE credits will be awarded to social workers who attend the Reading Seminar IN ITS ENTIRETY.

It is PCPE’s policy that one must attend at least one discussion group meeting before the workshop to attend the workshop. If only one discussion group meeting is attended, however, no CE credits will be given: APA policy.

Registration Fees and Information

Members of PSPP: $195

Nonmembers of PSPP: $225

Registration may be completed online at the PCPE website, pcpeonline.org or by mail to: PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez; 500 College Avenue; Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Participation is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Syllabus and information on readings for the seminar will be sent upon receipt of the fee.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, if you cancel your registration at least three weeks prior to the start of a program.

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Barbara Zimmerman-Slovak, Ph.D., at bzslovak@comcast.net or 610-896-7228.

For further information

Please direct questions to Miriam Franco at 610-225-6006 or drmefranco@yahoo.com

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