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The Personal is Political is Psychoanalytic: Politics in the Consulting Room

Sunday, October 20th, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Free – $62.50

Matt Aibel, LCSW

The political is understood as an essential, irreducible aspect of our self-representations and an undeniably consequential factor in our difficulties in living. It can thus no longer be considered taboo in psychoanalytic theory and practice. Matt will examine challenges of working with political material, especially as treatment conducted during the highly partisan, embattled Trump era may instantiate fierce complementarity or collusive concordance in the dyad. He further argues that we can neither ameliorate patient’s suffering nor widen and deepen an understanding of their lives if we don’t help them discover how our embeddedness in particular historical and sociopolitical webs of competing interests holds us in place. Psychoanalysis’ disavowal of sociopolitical impacts is historicized and its gradual theoretical re-legitimization is traced. The relational turn’s emphasis on the analyst’s subjectivity, intersubjectivity, co-construction, mutual recognition and advances in cognizing social inequities offer theoretical scaffolding and strategies of engagement.

This event will be held in Northport, NY and also broadcast via Zoom.


Members: Three courses per year included with membership
Non-Members: $25 per course hour ($62.50 for a 2.5 hour course)

*Continuing Education credits: The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0133.

2.5 CE credit hours are available for this course.


Sunday, October 20th, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $62.50
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Matt Aibel, LCSW


Northport, NY 11768 United States


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