Upcoming Webinar: Psicoterapia, Psicoanálisis, y Psicoanálisis Relacional (Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, and Relational Psychoanalysis)

by Allison Katz (USA) and André Sassenfeld (Chile), Co-chairs of the Webinar Committee

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The web seminar committee has recently been reorganized, the previous committee having served for several years under the outstanding leadership of Ilene Philipson (USA) and John Skrovan (USA).  As the incoming co-chairs, we are pleased to announce the members of our committee.  In addition to the two of us—André Sassenfeld (Chile, co-chair and liaison to the IARPP Board) and Allison Katz (USA)—our committee includes Christina Emanuel (USA), Amanda Kottler (South Africa), Susanna Federici-Nebbiosi (Italy), Ilene Philipson, Carmine Schettini (Italy), John Skrovan, and Micha Weiss (Israel).  We very much wish to thank the previous co-chairs and webinar committee for their work, paving a nice path for us to follow as new co-chairs.

Our first webinar will take place this fall, from December 1 through 15, 2014.  The announcement is below.  This webinar will be held in Spanish, allowing the full participation of our large number of Spanish speaking IARPP members.  This upcoming webinar is entitled “Psicoterapia, Psicoanálisis y Psicoanálisis Relacional,” and will feature a discussion of the work of Joan Coderch.  It will be moderated by André Sassenfeld and Carlos Rodríguez Sutil (Spain).

And we look forward to announcing other upcoming webinars in the weeks ahead.

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Webinar 2014: Psicoterapia, Psicoanálisis y Psicoanálisis Relacional

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Título: Psicoterapia, Psicoanálisis y Psicoanálisis Relacional
Moderadores: André Sassenfeld, Carlos Rodríguez Sutil
Fechas: 1 December 2014 – 15 December 2014
Papel: Este seminario se desarrolla a partir del trabajo de Joan Coderch (2012), Psicoanálisis Relacional de Frecuencia Semanal y Larga Duración (PRSLD). Bases teóricas y clínicas. Clínica e Investigación Relacional, 6 (3), 468-514.

Acerca de este Seminario: Con él nos acercamos a cuestiones esenciales de difícil definición que diferencian la teoría y la práctica del psicoanálisis relacional respecto a los enfoques ortodoxos, freudianos u otros, desde un aspecto concreto esencial, como es la frecuencia semanal de sesiones y cómo para valorar esa frecuencia debe considerarse el modo de participación del terapeuta. El psicoanálisis relacional de frecuencia semanal y larga duración (PRSLD) no requiere una frecuencia mayor de sesiones ni pretende producir la regresión en el paciente, pues en cada encuentro semanal se presentan íntegros los esquemas mentales y estilos básicos del paciente (y del terapeuta). Según Coderch, el PRSLD es eficaz porque no se pretende la regresión ni la neurosis de transferencia, sino modificar el inconsciente de procedimiento, los automatismos, mediante – subrayamos la expresión – un incremento de la mentalización (p. 481). Además, este artículo sugiere que toda descripción e intento de comprensión en psicoanálisis sólo podrán ser válidos si cumplen una función dialéctica, en el más profundo sentido de “dialógico,” abarcando incluso la posibilidad de un diálogo sin palabras.



Title: Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, and Relational Psychoanalysis
Moderators:  André Sassenfeld, Carlos Rodríguez Sutil
Dates: December 1-15, 2014
Paper: This seminar was developed from Joan Coderch’s 2012 article, “Relational Psychoanalysis, Weekly and Long Term (PRSLD).”  Theoretical and clinical bases. Relational and Clinical Research, Vol. 6 , No. 3, p. 468-514.

About this seminar: This seminar will be based on Joan Coderch‘s (2012) work on relational psychoanalysis in which the author describes meeting with patients for one session per week for long durations of time. We will approach essential, difficult to define topics that differentiate relational psychoanalysis’ theory and practice from orthodox approaches, Freudian or otherwise, focusing on the concrete aspect of session frequency. Coderch takes into consideration the therapist’s modality of participation to evaluate session frequency.

Coderch’s view is that relational psychoanalysis does not necessarily require greater frequency than one session per week since in every weekly encounter the psychic schemes and basic styles of the patient (and the therapist) present themselves in complete form.  According to Coderch, this modality is effective because it does not have as its goal regression and transference neurosis, but instead focuses on modifying the procedural unconscious and automatisms through—and we emphasize the expression—“an increase in mentalization” (p. 481). Furthermore, his paper suggests that any description of or attempt at understanding in psychoanalysis can only be valid if it fulfills a dialectic function, in the deepest sense of “dialogical,” even encompassing the possibility of a wordless dialogue.