Lawrence Brown, PhD, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

WHEN: March 30, 2019  9:00AM – 12:15PM and 1:30PM – 4:45PM

6 CE/CME Available

Location: The Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712 ROOM 3.122


We will explore three pathways for representing the analyst’s unconscious experience in the here-and-now of the clinical hour: reveries, countertransference dreams and joke-work. The author terms these three activities spontaneous unconscious constructions. These appear unbidden in the analyst’s mind during the session and signal the analyst’s unconscious work to give meaning to the emotions that arise within the context of the unconscious intersubjective field of the moment. Clinical material from the analysis of an adult man is presented to illustrate the analyst’s use of a joke, a reverie and a countertransference dream as three modalities that unconsciously represent the emotions alive in the analytic encounter.

BIO: Dr. Brown is a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute (BPSI) in both Child and Adult psychoanalysis, a Supervising Child Analyst and Co-chair of the Child Analysis program at BPSI. He is on the Editorial Board of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly and is President of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies. His book, Intersubjective Processes and the Unconscious: An Integration of Freudian, Kleinian and Bionian Perspectives, was published in 2011 by Routledge, and he also co-edited two other recent books: Growth and Turbulence in the Container/Contained: Bion’s Continuing Legacy (with Howard Levine), Routledge, 2013; and On Freud’s ‘Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental Functioning.’ with Gabriela Legorreta), Karnac Books, 2016. His new book, Transformational Processes in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Dreaming, Emotions and the Present Moment, was published last month by IPA Publications and Routledge. He is the author of many papers dealing with such topics as the Oedipus complex, trauma, countertransference dreams, the analytic setting, aspects of Bion’s work, autistic spectrum disorders in children and the paintings of JMW Turner.


Participants will understand the common processes involved in the spontaneous formation of dreams, jokes and reveries.
Participants will learn the clinical applications of the three pathways to representing the analyst’s unconscious experience in the clinical hour.

Ogden, T. (2004) This art of psychoanalysis: Dreaming undreamt dreams and interrupted cries.IJP, 85: 857-877.

Brown, L. J. (2007) On dreaming one’s patient: Reflections on an aspect of countertransference dreams. Psa Q, 76: 835-861.

Ferro, A. (2009) Transformations in Dreaming and Characters in the Psychoanalytic Field,. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 90:209-230

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. CME: These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates these live activities for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose. ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Provider # 1138) to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas. ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138).


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The Use of One’s Unconscious as an Instrument of the Analysis Registration

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