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Embodiment in Psychoanalytic Practice

posted Aug 21, 2021, 10:38 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Study Group
Embodiment in Psychoanalytic Practice
Facilitated by JoAnn Ponder, PhD
9 Tuesdays
September 28 - November 30, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Central Time

Live via Zoom
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
Active Members: $270
Friend Members: $330
Student Members: $130
Non-members: $400

13.5 CE/CME/CEUs

This is an intermediate to advanced-level study group for clinicians who want to delve into the topic of embodied approaches to psychoanalytic treatment. The group will provide a historical overview of theoretical concepts of the embodied mind, beginning with Freudian conceptions; subsequently looking at contributions from object relations, infant observations, and neuroscience; and examining current relational perspectives. We will consider how the patient’s and clinician's bodily experience can inform the treatment process. The study group will utilize readings, discussion, and case examples. The group is open to clinicians who have an intermediate grasp of psychoanalytic theory. Registration is limited to a relatively small number of participants in order to allow time for them to grapple with the ideas and explore their own case material with the group. 

  1. Define how Freud postulated an embodied mind.
  2. Describe one enduring contribution and one major limitation of Freud's views of sexuality.
  3. Explain why the advent of object relations theory contributed to a decreased emphasis on embodiment.
  4. Describe how relational perspectives differ from Freud's one-person view of the embodied mind.
  5. Describe how the right brain implicit self lies at the core of psychoanalysis.
  6. Describe how infant observations contributed to the view of an embodied mind.
  7. Describe how attention to bodily rhythms and other verbal phenomena can help to deepen a psychoanalytic treatment.
  8. Describe what is meant by the term "somatic false self."
  9. Describe some forms of unspoken dialogue that might appear in a psychoanalytic treatment.
  10. Explain what is meant by “a field of rhythmic tensions.”
  11. Define embodied setting and symbiotic transference.
  12. Describe how an anorexic client might react to the clinician’s body.
  13. Describe two issues or special challenges in treating someone with a serious illness.
  14. Describe two transference reactions a client might have to a clinician's illness or disability.
  15. Describe some ways that racial issues and attitudes might surface in treatment.
  16. Describe Fanon’s vision of embodied racism.
  17. Identify two alternatives to psychoanalytic approaches to embodied treatment.
  18. Explain when these alternative approaches might be considered to augment psychoanalytic psychotherapies.
Session 1, Sept. 28: Reflections on Freudian Views of Embodiment 
Person, E. (2005). As the wheel turns: A centennial reflection on Freud's Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 53: 1257-1282.

Kulish, N. (2019). Reckoning with sexuality. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 100: 1216-1236.

Session 2, Oct. 5: From Object Relations to Relational Views of Embodiment
Fast, I. (1992). The embodied mind: Toward a relational perspective. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2: 389-409.

Harris, A. (1998). Psychic envelopes and sonorous baths: Siting the body in relational theory and clinical practice. In L. Aron & F. Anderson (1998), Relational perspectives on the body. New York: Routledge, pp. 39-64.
Session 3, Oct. 12: Contributions from Neuroscience and Infant Observations       
Schore, A. (2011). The right brain implicit self lies at the core of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21: 75-100.

Beebe, B., Rustin, J., Sorter, D., & Knoblauch, S. (2003). An expanded view of intersubjectivity in infancy and its application to psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 13: 805-841.

Session 4,Oct. 19: Limitations of Primarily Verbal Approaches to Communication with Clients
Knoblauch, S. (2005). Body rhythms and the unconscious: Toward an expanding of clinical attention. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 15: 807-827.

Goldberg, P. (2004). Fabricated bodies: A model for the somatic false self. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 85: 823-840.

Session 5, Oct. 26: Embodied Communication in Psychoanalytic Treatment
Knoblauch, S. (1997). Beyond the word in psychoanalysis: The unspoken dialogue. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 7: 491-516.

Knoblauch, S. (2017). The fluidity of emotions and clinical vulnerability: A field of rhythmic tensions. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 14: 283-308.

Session 6, Nov. 2: The Clinician’s Body
Lemma, A. (2017). The body of the analyst and the analytic setting: Reflections on the embodied setting and the symbiotic transference. Minding the body: The body in psychoanalysis and beyond. New York: Routledge, pp.111-127.

Petrucelli, J. (2008). When a body meets a body: The impact of the therapist's body on eating disordered patients. In F. Anderson (Ed.), Bodies in treatment: The unspoken dimension. New York: Routledge, pp. 237-254.

Session 7, Nov. 9: Ill Bodies of Patient and Clinician
McDougall, J. (2000). Theaters of the psyche. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 45:45- 64.

Pizer, B. (1998). Breast cancer in the analyst: Body lessons. In L. Aron & F. Anderson (Eds.), Relational perspectives on the body. New York: Routledge, pp. 191-214.

Session 8, Nov. 16: Racial Embodiment in the Consulting Room  
Leary, K. (1995). "Interpreting in the dark": Race and ethnicity in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12: 127-140.

Knoblauch, S. (2020). Fanon’s vision of embodied racism for psychoanalytic theory and practice. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30: 299-316.

Session 9, Nov. 30: Integrated Approaches to Embodied Treatment
Ogden, P. (2015). ‘I can see clearly now the rain has gone’: The role of the body in forecasting the future. In J. Petrucelli (Ed.), Body-states: Interpersonal and relational perspectives on the treatment of eating disorders. New York: Routledge, pp 92-103.

Cornell, W. F. (2016). The analyst’s body at work: Utilizing touch and sensory experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapies. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 13: 168-185.
The group will be facilitated by JoAnn Ponder, PhD, a psychologist-psychoanalyst who has a private practice in Austin working with children, adults, couples, and consultees. She completed her postgraduate training in adult psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she currently serves on the faculty. She developed and taught a course there on embodied experience, but this study group will offer some different readings on the topic. JoAnn also completed postgraduate training programs in infant-parent mental health intervention and object relational child, couples, and family therapy. She has presented at national and international psychoanalytic conferences. Her publications include a co-edited book, book chapters, and journal articles about a variety of developmental and clinical topics.
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Houston Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Houston Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.
-Updated July 2021-

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