A Collision of Subjectivities
The analyst must be prepared to destroy and be destroyed by the otherness of the subjectivity of the analysand and to listen for a sound emerging from that collision of subjectivities that is familiar, but different from anything that he has previously heard - Thomas Ogden
The foundation of this growth process is an analytic situation that permits collisions between subjectivities to be negotiated - Philip Bromberg
We hope that you will join us this year for an exciting exploration of the collision of subjectivities that takes place within, and is always creating, the therapeutic space. Our speakers will present on topics related to the therapist's and patient's subjective experience and how they dynamically interact to affect the shared, or intersubjective, space between them. Others will speak on aspects of the therapeutic frame that change the nature of this space and collisions taking place within them.
Dr. Nancy McWilliams, noted psychoanalyst and author, will provide the fall workshop. She will speak on the capacity to understand and appreciate individual differences in patients and how these differences interact with those of the therapist to create the relationship between them. She will also explore the tension we must hold between our conceptualizations and the ability to maintain a beginner's mind when being present with our patients. Dr. Marilyn Charles is the president elect of Division 39, training and supervising analyst at multiple institutes, and senior staff psychologist at Austen Riggs Center. She will be presenting the spring workshop on the challenges to both the therapist and patient in maintaining the therapeutic space for those who have suffered trauma and resulting characterological difficulties.
I'd like to thank the entire executive committee for their continuing commitment and devotion to DSPP. I would like to thank Noelle Fischer McDonald and Gretchen Ladd in particular for their guidance in developing this program year. Additionally, Alicia Coleman and Scott Hickman have been instrumental in the smooth transition to our new list serve and revamped website. I'd also like to give a heartfelt thank you to Rose Rothmeier for her 15 years of incredible service as our treasurer!
I'm looking forward to a year full of excitement, energy, and growth. Hopefully the collision of our own subjectivities around our shared interest in psychoanalytic theory and therapy will further current relationships and lead to the development of new ones.
Zane Dodd, Ph.D.