Profound Silence: A Talking Cure?
Silence is a part of every psychoanalytic treatment. When silence is very extensive, it highlights important technical and theoretical aspects of our work.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
7:00 pm EST Online Lecture & Discussion
Online registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom Meeting Link.
To receive Continuing Education, registration must be completed by Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT.
The 2021 Fall Academic Lecture
Silence is a part of every psychoanalytic treatment. When silence is very extensive, it highlights important technical and theoretical aspects of our work. The presentation will provide us with an opportunity to explore aspects of silence in treatment. Long silences in analysis and therapy can be extremely taxing, eliciting feelings of anxiety, helplessness, rage, and confusion. Dr. Ablon will share his experience of profound silence during an analysis that started when the patient was 11 years old. His paper will focus on the technical ramifications of understanding silence as a communication, much as we would the play of a younger child. We will consider how any analytic treatment of a child or adult involves mutual play and how each analyst has a unique play signature. Dr. Ablon’s work with this silent patient led to a paradigm shift in his thinking about the therapeutic action of the analysis, a shift that he will explore for discussion. Our speakers will share their thoughts about the uses of silence and help us expand our own ideas about silence in our work. This presentation will increase participants’ ability to describe and work with silence in the clinical setting as an important aspect of therapeutic change.
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At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Identify two aspects of silence that promote change.
- Describe two countertransference reactions to silence.
- Define and describe a “play signature” and identify their own.
- Identify two aspects of the therapeutic action of silence.
Physicians: 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 the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 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 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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