Co-sponsored with Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

October 22, 2022

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM (Central Time)

Zoom Virtual Event

3.0 CE/CME 

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Inspired by the work of Ernest Schachtel (1959) on the idea of “embeddedness” and emergence from it, this essay is an account of “distance” or “separateness” in clinical psychoanalytic work. Separateness, which must be accomplished over and over again in any life, and in any treatment, is prerequisite to our emergence from embeddedness in the other. This emergence, and the accomplishment of distance that it creates, allows a new appreciation of the other. But how do analysts take the distance from the patient from within which it is possible to create a relationship between two separate people? Both our embeddedness in the other and our emergence from it are articulated in the interpersonal/relational approach to the creation of separateness, which depends on the theory of dissociation and enactment (Bromberg, 1998, 2006, 2011; Author, 2010, 2015) and the theory of witnessing that I have presented in recent years (Author, 2009a, b; 2012; in press a). These ideas are illustrated by a lengthy clinical illustration.

Bio: Donnel Stern, Ph.D. 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 70 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 most recently published book is The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal. His new book will appear during the coming year: Cultivating the Field: Relatedness as the Crucible of Mind. 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).

Learning Objectives:

After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:

1) identify and observe the achievement of the psychological separateness needed for the fullest appreciation of the other.

2) identify and observe the damaging effects of dissociation and enactment on the accomplishment of separateness.

3) intervene more successfully in resolving enactments.


Stern, D.B. (2019). The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal. London and New York: Routledge. Stern, D.B. (in press a). On coming into possession of oneself: Witnessing and the formulation of experience. Psychoanalytic Quarterly. Stern, D.B. (in press b). Dissociation and unformulated experience: A psychoanalytic model of mind (revised and updated). In: M. Dorahy & S. Gold (eds.), Dissociation and the dissociative disorders, 2nd Edition. London & New York: Routledge.

Continuing Education: 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 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 and Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and Austin Psychoanalytic. 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 3.0 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.

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-Updated July 2021-

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