Understanding Social Constructionism and its Practical Application to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

It has now been more than 30 years since Irwin Hoffman first began popularizing a social constructivist approach in psychoanalysis. Socially constructed and co-constructed are now regular terms that are used by psychoanalysts when discussing our ongoing efforts to work with intersubjective phenomena in both clinical work and theoretical formulations.

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4 Sessions: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 19, 26, 2021; Feb. 2, 2021; Snow Date: Feb. 16, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
Schedule: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Group Discussion
 
All courses will take place online until further notice. 
 
Understanding Social Constructionism and its Practical Application to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
 
It has now been more than 30 years since Irwin Hoffman first began popularizing a social constructivist approach in psychoanalysis. Socially constructed and co-constructed are now regular terms that are used by psychoanalysts when discussing our ongoing efforts to work with intersubjective phenomena in both clinical work and theoretical formulations. Despite this relative comfort, most analysts do not really have an in depth understanding of both the source of these ideas and what they mean in practical terms. This course will address both of those points by introducing participants to the groundbreaking work of Harold Garfinkel and his followers in founding Ethnomethodology, a science that studied human actions aimed at creating and sustaining an ongoing sense of objective reality in social situations. His work became a core aspect of social constructivism, and is also the part with the most practical utility for psychoanalysis. We will also utilize these ideas in reconsidering some key psychoanalytic ideas and clinical technique.
 
Instructor
 
Michael Dvorkin, EdD
Psychoanalyst Member, Psychoanalytic Training Program Faculty, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program Faculty, and Explorations in Mind Program Faculty, BPSI. Private practice in Brookline, MA.
 
 
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 key elements of the ethnomethodological paradigm.
  2. Describe how core ethnomethodological ideas directly inform psychotherapeutic process and ideas.
  3. Explain the psychoanalytic concepts of neutrality, psychic representation, resistance, and projective identification from an ethnomethodological point of view.
  4. Demonstrate techniques of contextual and metaphoric communication, authority, interpretation thru implied action, and the use of the self in treatment.
 
 
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $250 Early Bird (Use code: EB2021USC); $275 Regular (after Dec 22, 2020)
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 the 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 6 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 6 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 has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of the 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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