Colloquium 24

"Examining the Value of Comparative Thinking: Steven Mitchell on Varieties of Interaction in Psychoanalysis"

Title/Paper: Chapter from "Influence and Autonomy in Psychoanalysis"
Author: Stephen Mitchell
Dates: Monday, May 12 - Sunday, May 25 , 2014

Steven Knoblauch and Alejandro Avila Espada


Dana Amir (Israel), Roberto Arendar (Argentina), Lewis Aron (USA), Tony Bass (USA), Emanuel Berman (Israel), Ken Corbett (USA), Jody Davies (USA), Nino Dazzi (Italy), Maria Eugenia Boetsch (Chile), Francisco Gonzalez (USA), Adrienne Harris (USA), Ariel Liberman (Spain), Gianni Nebbiosi (Italy), Alejandra Plaza (Mexico), Andre Sassenfeld (Chile)

Stephen Mitchell was one of the founding voices of the Relational Perspective. During his relatively brief life, he revisioned the work of many major traditional and contemporary theorists of psychoanalysis within an interaction paradigm  in addition to adding his own unique viewpoints. It is our hope that by revisiting one of his most representative papers, a chapter in one of his most influential texts, we will initiate a discussion that examines the value of comparative thinking and in doing so, highlights the varying advantages and limitations of different ways to organize one’s experience of a clinical interaction. This is a conversation that has been gaining increasing traction in considerations of the strengths and limitations of any psychoanalytic approach to treatment, and one that will no doubt transfer from our online forum to Toronto when IARPP convenes its next international conference in June, 2015.  Additionally, and particularly for those who have never seen or heard Stephen Mitchell, please watch the video below of Stephen Mitchell presenting some of his most interesting ideas.

Alejandro Avila Espada and Steven Knoblauch
Moderators, IARPP Online Colloquium Series

mitchell tribute from wiley faselt on Vimeo.

CE Credits:

For psychologists: The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy (IARPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IARPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is valid for 3 CE Credits.

For social workers: This program is valid for 3 CE Credits (approval number pending).

For California BBS licensees: Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences under license number PCE 5321. This program is free of cost to the IARPP membership, and it is targeted to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychoanalysts, marriage and family therapists, academics, as well as other California BBS licensees.