Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society
a local chapter of the Division 39 of the American Psychological Association
Donnel Stern, PhD
of the Interpersonal Field
Saturday, December 8, 2018
8:30am - 4:30pm
University of Tennessee Medical Center
Morrison Education and Conference Center
Parking Garage H
Click here for directions to venue.
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
Description of Program
Neither the therapist nor the patient should be considered alone; all clinical events, including all the thoughts and feelings created, moment to moment, by the two participants, involve them both. We will discuss the identification, in the form of dissociated enactments, of frozen or calcified parts of the field, and the kind of clinical process that holds the potential to thaw the field and breach the enactments. These ideas will be illustrated with clinical material, offered by the presenter and perhaps by conference participants.
Donnel Stern, PhD, is Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City; Clinical Professor and Clinical Consultant at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; and a member of the faculty at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the Editor of "Psychoanalysis in a New Key," a book series at Routledge that has 50 volumes in print and another 20 in various stages of preparation. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is the author of Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis (1997), Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment (2010), and Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field (2015). His latest book has just been published: Not By Words Alone: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal. He is the co-editor (with Irwin Hirsch) of two books of significant articles by interpersonal psychoanalytic writers: The Interpersonal Perspective in Psychoanalysis, 1960s-1990s: Rethinking Transference and Countertransference (2017) and Further Developments in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, 1980s-2010s: Evolving Interest in the Analyst’s Subjectivity (2018). In the past he co-edited The Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis (1995) and Pioneers of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis (1995). He is an Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. Dr. Stern is in private practice in New York City.
8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:50am Welcome and Introduction
9:00am Relational Freedom and Therapeutic Action
10:45am Unformulated Experience: Enactments and Dissociation in the Interpersonal Field
Participants will have the option to purchase a catered lunch or dine "on your own.” Catered lunches will be ordered from Tropical Smoothie Cafe and will be delivered to the venue in time for the 12:15pm break.
Catered lunch will consist of assorted wraps and sandwiches, chips, fruit and iced tea. There is a vegetarian option.
For those interested in lunch "on your own," Morrison’s Cafeteria will be open or you may "brown bag" a meal.
Registrants interested in catered lunch MUST order lunch at the time of registration; the $15 cost of lunch will be added to the total registration cost. The catered lunch option is NOT AVAILABLE for registrations after December 3, 2018.
A section of the cafeteria will be designated for APS participants to eat as a group.
As always, APS graduate student members will supply coffee and snacks throughout the day. Contributions to GSAF are greatly appreciated.
1:15pm Breaching Enactments and Increasing Relational Freedom
3:00pm The History of the Interpersonal and Relational Schools of Thought in Psychoanalysis
4:30pm Complete Evaluations and Adjourn.
After attending this intermediate-level program in full, participants will be able to:
1. Define unformulated experience and use this concept to characterize their own and their patients’ experience.
2. Identify enactments and explain the role of dissociation in creating and maintaining them.
3. Apply their understanding of enactments to the practical task of breaching them.
4. Apply the idea of relational freedom to their clinical practice in a way that allows greater freedom and spontaneity in the interpersonal field.
5. Define the interpersonal field and apply this idea to the actual clinical situation.
6. Identify areas of thought and theory in the Interpersonal and Relational schools which most affect their practice life.
This program is open to all APS members and other interested mental health professionals who may not be members. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominately psychoanalytic mode. The material will be appropriate for clinicians with intermediate levels of experience and knowledge.
Registration Fees and Policies:
BY December 3, 2018:
Members and Scholars: $90
Early-Career Professional Members: $45
Graduate Student Members: $10
AFTER December 3, 2018 and at the door:
Members and Scholars: $105.
Early-Career Professional Members: $60
Graduate Student Members: $25
Online registration will close on December 6, 2018.
Although walk-ins will be accepted, please register online at www.aps-tn.org in advance to assure adequate food and seating.
If you prefer to pay by check, please print the Conference Registration form, and mail with your payment to:
Scott Swan, PhD
1005 Kenesaw Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919.
Refunds honored with written/electronic notice at least 24 hours before date of conference. Contact Scott Swan, PhD.
Contact the APS President Joyce Cartor, PhD to negotiate fees, if needed.
Facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to Joyce Cartor, PhD.
Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2018-2019 program year for $80. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $45. Graduate students may join or renew for $25.
American Psychological Association Approval Statement
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 6 continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of a program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.
APS and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. APS and Division 39 are also committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.
Selected References/Recommended Reading
Gottlieb, R.M. (2017). Reconstruction in a two-person world may be more about the present than the past: Freud and the Wolf Man, an illustration. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 65, 305-316.
Lane, R.D., Ryan, L., Nadel, L., & Greenberg, L. (2015). Memory reconsolidation, emotional arousal and the process of change in psychotherapy: New insights from brain science. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 38, 1-19.
Smith, R., & Lane, R.D. (2016). Unconscious emotion: A cognitive neuroscientific perspective. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 69, 216-238.
Stern, D.B. (2004). The eye sees itself: Dissociation, enactment, and the achievement of conflict. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 40, 197-237.
Stern, D.B. (2009). Partners in thought: A clinical process theory of narrative. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 78, 101-131.
Stern, D.B. (2013). Relational freedom and therapeutic action. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 61: 227-255.
Stern, D.B. (2013). Field theory in psychoanalysis, Part 1: Harry Stack Sullivan and Madeleine and Willy Baranger. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23, 487-501.
Stern, D.B. (2013). Field theory in psychoanalysis, Part 2: Bionian field theory and contemporary interpersonal/relational psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23, 630-645.
Stern, D.B. (2015). Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field. New York and London: Routledge.
Stern, D.B. (2018). How does history become accessible? Reconstruction as an emergent product of the interpersonal field. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 493-506.
If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to the APS President Joyce Cartor, PhD.
There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Division 39, APS, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risks/limitations of the approaches discussed will be addressed.