TBPS presents thought leaders and clinicians in the field of psychotherapy on one Saturday each month
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Creative Listening and the Psychoanalytic Process:
Dr. Griffin will give a presentation followed by a mini-workshop intended to expand sensibility in psychoanalytic listening. Contemporary psychoanalysis has re-envisioned the analytic process and with it the very nature of creative, engaged psychoanalytic listening. Clinical psychoanalysis now involves not only a search for meaning, but also sensing, apprehending inner and relational states of being. And the locus of psychoanalytic listening is the analytic space—a potential space generated between analyst and analysand in which inner and relational experience may be created and explored. After a discussion of these concepts, the presentation will demonstrate the use of Virginia Woolf’s novel, To the Lighthouse, to teach engaged, embodied analytic listening. This novel is unrivaled among other works of fiction in capturing the interdependence of subjectivity and intersubjectivity that informs contemporary clinical psychoanalysis. Woolf achieves this feat by generating states of consciousness within and among characters, which—by way of imaginative empathy—the reader can enter and occupy for a while. In the experiential mini-workshop, participants will be presented with selected excerpts from this novel to which they will do a piece of free writing about a clinical experience that comes to mind. Several participants may then choose to read aloud what they have written for purposes of group discussion.
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