The Intelligent Body: The Phenomena and Clinical Application of Somatic Countertransference

As analysts our bodies receive and react to many patient thoughts and feelings: spoken, unspoken, conscious, and unconscious. By observing how our body feels while we are with our patient and then integrating what we notice with our thoughts and affective reactions, we increase the possibility that we will understand our patient’s experience. Awareness of somatic countertransference helps us cultivate a more intimate knowledge of our patient’s self-state.

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6 Sessions: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 16, 23, 2021; Mar. 2, 9, 16, 2021; Snow Dates: Mar. 23, 30, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 
Schedule: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Lecture/ Presentation; 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Group Discussion
 
All courses will take place online until further notice. 
 
The Intelligent Body: The Phenomena and Clinical Application of Somatic Countertransference
 
As analysts our bodies receive and react to many patient thoughts and feelings: spoken, unspoken, conscious, and unconscious. By observing how our body feels while we are with our patient and then integrating what we notice with our thoughts and affective reactions, we increase the possibility that we will understand our patient’s experience. Awareness of somatic countertransference helps us cultivate a more intimate knowledge of our patient’s self-state. This enhanced knowledge can guide us in being with and responding to our patient in a more meaningful way, both in the here and now and in the overall arc of the treatment.
 
Instructor
 
M. Carole Drago, LICSW
Psychoanalyst Member, faculty and supervisor Advanced Training Program and Fellowship Programs, BPSI; Adjunct Faculty, Harvard Medical School. A former professional dancer and competitive body builder, Ms. Drago currently studies Taekwondo and Baptiste Yoga.
 
 
This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.
 
 
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
 
  1. Describe theory of the unconscious;
  2. Explain the process of projective identification;
  3. Discuss the psychoanalytic concept of the relational field;
  4. Describe somatic countertransference;
  5. Analyze the application of somatic countertransference;
  6. Analyze clinical material focused on analyst’s somatic experiences.
 
 
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $250 Early Bird (Use code: EB2021SC); $275 Regular (after Jan 12, 2021)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.
 
 
Explorations in Mind: Community Education at BPSI is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan (cnathan@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to www.bpsi.org, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
 
 
 
Program Administrator
Stephanie Cavanaugh: scavanaugh@bpsi.org
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org
Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com
 
 
 
Continuing Education 
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 9 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 9 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.
Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.
 
 
Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon-Cardoso at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.
 
Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.
 
The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions to or administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.
 
 

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