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The Relational Psychoanalytic Sensibility

November 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 3:15 pm

$65 – $75

Live Interactive Webinar | November 30, 2021, Noon – 3:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Yvette Esprey, M.A.
Level: Intermediate
CEs: 3 CEs are available for $10 fee
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This interactive webinar offers an introduction and deepening discussion around the relational turn which has gained momentum in psychoanalytic thinking and practice – particularly in America – over the last four decades. Unpacking the integrative theoretical origins of the paradigm, the workshop will focus on the key principles which scaffold relational thinking and practice. The workshop begins by tracing the origins of the relational tradition, highlighting its integrative foundations in which can be found the influences of object relations, interpersonal, as well as sociological theories. The workshop will spotlight some of the core tenets of the relational frame. In particular, and drawing on clinical vignettes, we will explore notions of co-construction in the therapeutic relationship, non-neutrality and the subjectivity of the therapist, intersubjectivity and thirdness, multiple self-states, social-constructionism, and the significance of the social context against which the encounter unfolds. In discussing these central principles, the relevance of a relational sensibility to the field of clinical social work will be emphasized. The workshop will close with a discussion of the potential of relational thinking and practice to contribute to social justice imperatives, linking relationality to feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, and positing its potential activism role within the socio-political movements which define our contemporary times. The workshop will consider the contribution which relational psychoanalytic work can make to the social justice issues of our time, and how relationally-oriented therapists can participate in social activism through the clinical encounter.


November 30, 2021
12:00 pm - 3:15 pm
$65 – $75
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