Saturday Morning Clinical Workshop - Engagement and Moving Through

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
September 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM to at 12:30 PM


Saturday Morning Clinical Workshop

The Boston Change Process Study Group consists of developmentalists and practicing psychoanalysts who came together in 1994 to consider how knowledge from studies of early development might help understand and clarify how change occurs in psychodynamic therapies. The group has authored many papers, and in 2010 published the book, Change in Psychotherapy: A Unifying Paradigm.

Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, MD, pediatrician and child psychiatrist, is the founder and the director of the Brazelton Centre of Switzerland. She is a consultant-supervisor at the University Hospital of Geneva. She trained at the Geneva University, then at Brown University with Prof. Ch. Zeanah, S. Mc Donough, T.Anders, A.Samerhof, and at Harvard with Prof. T.Berry Brazelton, H. Als, E.Z.Tronick.  Her clinical work and teaching concerns the infant’s early development and behavior, the psychological metamorphosis of new parents and the very beginning of the parent-infant attachment and relationships around birth. She has received a Prize for Scientific Research for Prevention in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Switzerland. Dr Bruschweiler-Stern worked closely with Daniel Stern. She is co-author with him of the book, The Birth of a Mother - How the motherhood experience changes you forever (Basic Books 1998; Od.Jacob 1998), and has also authored numerous papers in French and English.  Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, and a supervising psychologist at the Cambridge Hospital. Her research publications have focused on the contribution of early risk factors, including maternal depression and infant attachment disorganization, to later psychopathology.  Her clinical publications have proposed reorientations in psychodynamic developmental theory based on the emerging body of developmental research findings.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, an Affiliate Scholar of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, and serves on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis.  She maintains a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alexander C. Morgan, MD, is a practicing adult analyst in Boston, a faculty member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Cambridge Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. His interests have included work across the life span, and the work of applying early developmental findings to the process of adult therapy and psychoanalysis, which has been central to his mode of thinking. Jeremy P. Nahum, MD, practices psychoanalysis and individual and couples psychotherapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is on the faculties of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, and the Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Hospital, where he serves as a psychiatric consultant to the Family Pathways Project. He created the Infant Research Workshop of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society/Institute out of which the Boston Change Process Study Group emerged. Bruce Reis, PhD, FIPA, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and an Associate Member at IPTAR.  In addition to supervising and practicing full time in Manhattan, Dr. Reis serves on the editorial boards of several psychoanalytic journals, including the International Journal of Psychoanalysis the Psychoanalytic Quarterly and Psychoanalytic Dialogues. He has written extensively about the intersection of phenomenological philosophy with psychoanalytic clinical theory; comparative theories of intersubjectivity; masculinities; trauma and witnessing; and infant research and its application to contemporary analytic technique.  He is the co-editor (with Robert Grossmark) of the book, Heterosexual Masculinities.

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:  The members of the Boston Change Process Study Group (BCPSG) elaborate how the philosophical and psychological concept of moving through another, one aspect of what Stern called interaffectivity, is also a fundamental aspect of the process of change in psychoanalysis. In developing this line of thought, we first take up the concept of engagement in psychotherapy and child development. Having identified three highly specific circumstances that must be present and conjoined in order to constitute an engaged relationship, we then begin to consider why engaged relationships with a positively charged other are so important to developmental and psychotherapeutic change. We see a more complex understanding of other minds as a fundamental outcome of psychoanalysis, and view the process of a moving through another as catalyzing this growth.  We ground our approach in developmental literature on the sequential steps the child takes in developing a theory of mind and come to view the increased apprehension of mind as a joint collaborative activity that grows abilities in the individual as a result of fluidly moving through the perspectives of another and in turn being moved in feeling by those perspectives. Drawing from literatures in developmental psychology, nonlinear dynamic systems theory, enactive social cognition, and psychoanalytic theory from a variety of contemporary orientations we show how specific interactive processes reach into the core of our self-constitution and are the ways in which we can truly affect each other.  

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of the event the participants will be able to:

1. Participants will be able to critique the way therapeutic change has come to be seen as a process of mutual influence between therapist and patient.
2. Participants will be able to describe the way this mutual influencing process can be termed “moving through another.”
3. Participants will be able to discuss how psychological growth occurs in the developmental expansion of capacities via this process of “moving through another.”

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.


For more information contact Samantha Blache at [413] 931.5230.

3 hours
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Total Cost: $25.00