The course addresses the overall strategy of present-day psychodynamic psychotherapyand specific areas of technique. As in prior years, we will elucidate core theoretical concepts (transference, unconscious organising fantasy) and practices (dream interpretation, creating/maintaining frame and balancing ritual and spontaneity) by identifyingthem in the clinical material presented by the participants. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own clinical data, particularlyprocess notesof individual sessions.
The goal of the program is to increase the participants’ (1) Understanding of the central importance of the therapist’s demonstrated “empathy” in sustaining the therapy and allowing the work on resistances, (2) To more easily establish the optimal “frame” for a specific patient, (3) to use the patient’s dreams and other fantasy material to arrive at a psychodynamic formulation to guide the treatment strategy.
Our focus is on counter- transference, and, more broadly, on recognize our defenses and feeing our talents for relating to the patient and the clinical events and material.
This course has proven useful to relative novices in psychotherapy and to experienced practitioners alike.Becoming more “friendly” with their own countertransference reactions has led to greater awareness of their own clinical actions and thinking, and has empowered the participants to be less inhibited and bolder in allowing themselves to listen to, contain and respond to patients and their emotions and fantasies. In the past years participants often reported returning to their work with renewed optimism about dynamic work and greater creativity.