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Partisanship: Navigating the Volatility of Politics in the Consulting Room
Sunday, March 1st, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
SIPP 2020 Winter Conference — Lunch includedHow do we work clinically with our patients’ politics in this highly charged and polarized environment? How to stay true to the values of analytic inquiry with appreciation for complexity, unconscious dynamics and personal history, while also providing safety, empathy and non-judgment? We are asking: what do we do with our negative countertransference? Can we avoid splitting, moralizing, lecturing, pathologizing? With patients whose politics align with ours, do we fall into collusive othering? Is it helpful or even possible to separate our personal politics from our professional role responsiveness? Does political discourse provide opportunities to discover patients’ identity, explore formative genetic and traumatic etiology and enhance their agency? Or is it a third rail dooming the dyad to clash, collapse, dissociate or avoid? We are wondering: what exactly is “the political” and why has it been viewed as taboo in psychoanalysis? Have relational and intersubjective thinking moved us beyond this taboo? Can we construct a theory to help us move into this disruptive but possibly generative terrain?
Matt Aibel, LCSW is a faculty member at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Submissions Editor, Psychoanalytic Perspectives and Editor, The IARPP Bulletin (International Newsletter for Relational Psychoanalysis). His curiosity about psychoanalysis’ relationship to political discourse resulted in his writing a paper, “The Personal is Political is Psychoanalytic,” which has received national and international attention.
Jill Gentile, PhD. is a faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the author of Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, with Michael Macrone (Karnac, 2016) which examines psychoanalysis’s relationship to democracy through the lenses of free speech and the feminine.
Steven Tublin, PhD. is faculty, training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, faculty at NYU Postdoc and faculty at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. He has also trained in Somatic Experiencing. He is the author of articles on psychoanalytic technique and the interface of politics and psychoanalysis.
Early registration deadline is 2/15. Fees will then be $75 for members and $120 for non-members. *Continuing Education credits: The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis SW CPE is recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0133
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