SCHOOL OF PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY
INTERUNIVERSITY CENTRE DUBROVNIK***, JULY 25-30, 2011
DEVELOPING THE PATIENT’S CAPACITY TO ENGAGE IN THERAPY: THE ROLE OF
FRAME MAINTENANCE, INTERPRETATIONS, AND OTHER INTERVENTIONS
Our school resumes this summer with a week-long course. We will meet every day from 9:00 – 13:00, with rest of the day free, (but we may decide together as a group to have one or two optional afternoon meetings as well.) We will start each morning with a lecture on a theoretical topic, and then discuss at length one or more clinical cases, returning to the more theoretical considerations as indicated.
The lecture topics will be related to our general theme: how does a therapist induce the patient to optimally engage in the therapeutic process? We interpret the resistances that obstruct the patient’s ability to follow the basic rule of free associations, but how do we take into account other issues that handicap the patient’s participation? While maintaining ‘the frame’ is essential for the therapeutic process to unfold, how do we recognize instances when its rigidity is harmful(1)? Or, how do we strike a balance between becoming overly didactic and thereby feeding into tendency to rationalize, and being silent and possibly experienced as punitive or ineffective? Our principal lecturer, Dr. Peter Dunn (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NY; also, Director for Clinical Services, New York Psychoanalytic Institute) will revisit a classic Ernst Kris paper(2) and what it tells us about recognizing a ‘good hour’ in psychotherapy; he will also lecture on the timing and tactfulness of interpretations. Dr. Dinko Podrug will lecture ‘On the interplay of ritual and spontaneity in psychotherapy’, and on the listening skills; Drs. Franciskovic, Spelic and Bilic (firstname.lastname@example.org) will also contribute a lecture or a case or a combination of both.
In addition to the experienced faculty, we also encourage and expect the relative beginners to present a case of theirs**. As usual, starting from the concrete reports of the psychotherapeutic process, we will work to understand and make explicit the therapist’s and the patient’s intuitive and intended notions that had them behave and intervene in the particular ways; and then we will try on other ways of conceptualizing and theorizing about what happened.
At the end, we will summarize what we’ve learned and each participant should leave with a more subtle, richer appreciation of the psychotherapeutic process and their ability to positively influence it.
1. Hoffman, Irwin Z (2001) Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic Process. Chapter 9 (same title).*
2. Kris, Ernst (1956) On Some Vicissitudes of Insight in Psychoanalysis. Int.J.Psychoanal. 37:445-455.*
Dinko Podrug, M.D., D.Sc., School Director (email@example.com)
*both papers and other materials will be distributed to the participants beforehand.
** please email Drs. Podrug or Bilic with any ideas/questions about your case or the program.
*** School fee is 130 Euro (90 Euro for students/ trainees). SCHOOL IS CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH.