Focus On – The Analyst’s Experience of Socio-Political Trauma

When the Ground Won’t Stop Moving: The Analyst’s Experience of Socio-Political Trauma

Ilene Philipson, PhD

Four Tuesdays, October 30, November 6, 13 & 27

flyerIn our contemporary psychoanalytic world, trauma is at the forefront of our theorizing and thinking. But that trauma is typically about the other, not about us as clinicians who are living in the same traumatizing world as our patients. With the election of Donald Trump, the remarkable changes in our climate, and the growth of racism, homophobia and fascism throughout the western world, we are as likely to feel as traumatized as many of our patients. This course is designed to offer a means of finding forms of containment and understanding of our suffering, for having to endure the daily onslaughts of the unimaginable while serving as support and containment for our patients. Given the post-World War II consensus within American psychoanalysis that deemed the social and the political to be outside or beneath its purview, psychoanalytic clinicians may be particularly vulnerable to failing to acknowledge our own destabilization and vulnerability. Therefore, this course will offer both an opportunity to critically examine the ways psychoanalysts have responded to the traumas of the Holocaust and 9/11, and a forum for discussing our own experience of political trauma in the current period.

October 30th, 2018 7:30 PM
530 Bush Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
Phone: 415-288-4050
General Admission $ 160.00
PINC Members $ 130.00
Students and Candidates $ 100.00
(6) CE Credits $ 60.00