Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm
Location: 5524 Bee Caves Rd., J-6, Austin TX 78746
September 26 – October 17, 2019

6.0 CEs available

When clients come to us for help it’s because they’ve become stalled in their ability to make meaning of their life experiences—to dream themselves more fully into being. Consequently,many patients feel anxious, depressed and hopeless. As therapists we may likewise feel stuck, hopeless and even angry in our clinical work. How do we make sense of the deeper-level pain we encounter on a daily basis? And how do we understand our own role in helping?

In this 4 session reading and discussion group we will seek to understand and make meaning of the complexity of human struggle. We will explore psychoanalyst Thomas Ogden’s ideas about the dialectic interplay between: magical, dream and transformative thinking; autistic-contiguous, paranoid-schizoid and depressive modes of experience; aliveness and deadness; the conscious-unconscious; and understanding vs. misunderstanding. As a result, we will gain greater capacity for understanding and meaning-making of ourselves and our patients.

This salon is ideal for therapists who want to develop their capacities to work at a deeper level. Ogden’s ideas help us to be more alive and creative in our relationships with clients, which in turn helps us to be more flexible and effective therapists. We will think, talk and play together to understand and bring alive the ideas being presented. Copies of assigned readings will be provided once registered for the salon.

Session 1: September 26, 2019
Assigned reading:
Ogden, T.H. (2010). On Three Forms of Thinking: Magical Thinking, Dream Thinking and Transformative Thinking. Psychoanal Q., 79(2):317-347.

Learning objectives:
1. Participants will understand and differentiate between three forms of thinking: magical, dream and transformative.
2. Participants will apply the concepts of different forms of thinking to improve and enrich their clinical work.

Session 2: October 3, 2019
Assigned reading:

Ogden, T.H. (1989). The Structure of Experience. In The Primitive Edge of Experience (pp. 9-46). Lanham, MD, US: Jason Aronson.

Learning objectives:
1. Participants will learn to go beyond DSM diagnostic criteria to think more deeply about the structure of personality and human experience.
2. Participants will learn and apply three interwoven modes of experiencing the self and one’s world: autistic-continguous, paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions.

Session 3: October 10, 2019
Assigned reading:

Ogden, T.H. (1995). Analysing Forms of Aliveness and Deadness of the Transference-Countertransference. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 76:695-709

Learning objectives:
1. Participants will understand manifestations of aliveness and deadness in therapy sessions and the course of therapy as a whole.
2. Participants will learn how to use their own countertransference feelings and reactions to further the work of therapy, as well as bring themselves and their patients more fully alive.

Session 4: October 17, 2019
Assigned reading:

Ogden, T.H. (2018). How I Talk With My Patients. Psychoanal Q., 87(3):399-413

Learning objectives:
1. Participants will understand more fully the dialectic interplay between conscious vs. unconscious ways of knowing as well as understanding vs. misunderstanding.
2. Participants will gain new ideas and clinical strategies for talking with patients.

About the presenter:
Katrina Taylor, LMFT
, is a therapist in private practice. She earned a masters in counseling psychology from St. Edwards University and is currently a candidate in the studies in adult psychoanalysis program through the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CFPS). In her practice Katrina focuses on intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. She specializes in working with individuals who struggle with complex trauma, dissociation and personality disorders.


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