News from the Webinar Committee

By André Sassenfeld (Chile) and Allison Katz (USA), Co-Chairs, Webinar Committee


Allison Katz


André Sassenfeld


The webinar committee has recently been reorganized, its members becoming familiar with the different functions and tasks that webinar organization entails. There has been much enthusiasm and thought about possible topics and authors for future seminars, which will give authors the opportunity to present their published work.

We have had two webinars in the past few months, IARPP’s second ever Spanish- language webinar led by Carlos Rodríguez Sutil from Spain, focused on a paper by Joan Coderch. The webinar was entitled Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, and Relational Psychoanalysis, and the discussion was rich. The webinar committee has had some thoughts about the differences between English-language and Spanish-language webinar dynamics, as explicit participation seems to be somewhat smaller in the latter. We are also considering proposals for webinars in Italian – thinking ahead to the international conference in 2016 in Rome – and also in Hebrew. These proposals are being worked out in the committee.

The second recent webinar was the candidates’ webinar, led by Paul Wachtel, and moderated by John Skrovan. The title was Knowing the Unconscious From the Inside Out and From the Outside In. Again, the webinar was evaluated to be successful. Paul´s warm tone and John´s excellent moderating contributed to an enriching experience for all participants.

In March the child and adolescent webinar entitled Intergenerational Attachment Patterns and the Responses of Child Therapists in the Presence of Societal Trauma took place. Ann Marie Sacramone was the moderator, and the faculty included Katherine Frost, Martha Bragin, Judy Roth, and Esther Cohen. It was also a success, with much thoughtful participation by the faculty and participants alike.

For the rest of 2015, there are two other webinars scheduled. The first will be led by Dan Shaw, in which participants will engage in a discussion of his recent book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation. The other will be led by Jon Sletvold, and will focus on material from his recent book The Embodied Analyst: From Freud and Reich to Relationality. These will both be interesting and valuable opportunities to discuss, think, and learn about central topics in contemporary relational practice. We invite you all to participate!

Allison Katz (USA) & André Sassenfeld (Chile)
Co-Chairs, Webinar Committee

Allison Katz, LCSW
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André Sassenfeld, MA
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