Workshop: When Psychoanalytic Theory Meets the Body

24. september 2021 25. september 2021

When Psychoanalytic Theory Meets the Body: Re-envisioning, Transference, Repression/Dissociation and Resistance

A 2-Day Workshop by Jon Sletvold and Doris Brothers

In this workshop we bring the body-based perspective we are developing in our forthcoming book, Talking Bodies, to some of the most enduring aspects of psychoanalytic theory. The result is not only that the theory changes, but also that practice, training and supervision are re-envisioned. A central theme that runs through our work is that mind, from birth on, involves the creation of narratives based on embodied memories.

We will intersperse verbal dialogues with embodied exercises throughout and provided opportunities for embodied supervision.

Main topics

A Body-Based View of Transference

Ever since Freud’s earliest efforts to develop his theory of transference, memory has played a key role. Narratives, and the embodied non-verbal memories on which they are based, are central to a new understanding of transference. When viewed from the perspective of the ever-changing memories of both patient and therapist, transference is seen as a shifting flow of I, you, we and world. We propose that it is only in the context of trauma that transferences become rigidified.

A Body-Based View of Repression/Dissociation

Freud’s earliest attempt to deal with gaps in his patients’ verbal narratives gave rise to his concept of repression, which he regarded as the cornerstone of his entire theory.  In the 1890s he believed that patients’ memories of actual traumas that were too painful or embarrassing to be kept in conscious awareness were dissociated and replaced by symptoms. In 1897 he renounced his trauma theory and proposed that memories were repressed because they were associated with conflictual forbidden sexual impulses. In recent years dissociation has largely replaced repression. However, from a body-based perspective, dissociation exists only to the extent that pertains to traumatic memories that cannot be given verbal expression. When embodied memories are viewed as always present what has been called the dissociation-enactment model is profoundly changed.

A Body-Based View of Resistance

What makes therapeutic change so difficult? We propose that the freedom to change can be terrifying. When trauma is viewed from a body-based perspective it becomes clear that what has been called resistance often involves fear of losing one’s connections to all that is needed for one’s psychological well-being. When efforts are made to deepen the we-connectedness of patient and therapist, the fear of change is reduced for both therapeutic partners as a feeling of safety to experience all emotions develops. Illustrative clinical examples will be presented.

Doris Brothers, Ph.D. is a co-founder and faculty member of the Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation (TRISP). She was co-editor with Roger Frie of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context from 2015-2019 and chief editor of eForum, the online newsletter of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP). She serves on the advisory board and council of IAPSP. Her books include: Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis (2008), Falling Backwards: An Exploration of Trust and Self-Experience (1995), and with Richard Ulman, The Shattered Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Trauma (1988). She works in private practice in New York and Oslo.

Jon Sletvold, Psy.D. , is a licensed specialist in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He is founding board director and faculty member at the Norwegian Character Analytic Institute. He is co-editor with Marianne Børstad of two books: Den terapeutiske dansen [The therapeutic dance] and Karakteranalytiske dialoger [Character analytic dialogues] and the editor of Tage Philipson – Kjærlighet og identifisering [Tage Philipson – Love and Identification]. He is the author of The Embodied Analyst: From Freud and Reich to Relationality,2014, winner of the Gradiva Award 2015 for best psychoanalytic book. With Per Harbitz he co-authored Fra musklepanser til kropper i dialog – Da Reich kom til Norge og det som skjedde etterpå … [From Muscular Armor to Bodies in Dialogue – When Reich came to Norway and what happened afterwards …], 2019.

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    Fagkveld: Å forholde seg til avsky i psykoterapeutiske prosesser

    9. september 2021 @ 18:00 21:00

    «Jeg liker det ikke»  –  regulering av avsky i psykoterapeutiske prosesser

    En mini workshop med Kolbjørn Vårdal

    I denne mini workshopen vil det holdes en kort introduksjon om avsky som fenomen for så å gjøre øvelser som støtter bevisstgjøring og regulering av avsky.

    Mini workshopen gjennomføres med fysisk oppmøte i instituttets lokaler. Medlemsutvalget ved instituttet ber deltakere bidrar med 100 kroner for å dekke kostnader til arrangementet. Betale gjerne med PayPal eller via Vipps nummer 59733.


      Norsk Karakteranalytisk Institutt

      41256600

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      Norsk Karakteranalytisk Institutt

      Gjerdrums vei 19
      Oslo, 0484 Norge
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      41256600
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      Sommerfest 2021

      5. juni 2021 @ 15:00

      Kjære medlemmer

      Vi ser endelig en mulighet til å kunne møtes igjen og inviterer deg til enkel sommer-avslutning-samling lørdag 5. juni på instituttet.

      Det vil mest sannsynlig holdes utendørs pga. koronarestriksjoner, og det vil derfor kun tilbys svært enkel servering, så bring gjerne medbragt. 

      Vinneren av årets Hederspris vil annonseres.

      Vi gleder oss til en samling igjen, og håper mange vil komme.

      Mvh. Medlemsutvalget

      Utvalget tar forbehold om at sommerfesten kan gjennomføres under gjeldende smittevernstiltak.

        Norsk Karakteranalytisk Institutt

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        Gjerdrums vei 19
        Oslo, 0484 Norge
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        41256600
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        Medlemsmøte NKI

        9. desember @ 18:00 20:00

        Norsk Karakteranalytisk Institutt

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        Medlemsutvalget inviterer til medlemsmøte den 9 desember 2020 klokken 18:00. Møtet blir avholdt online og invitasjon med møtelink blir sendt ut på epost til instituttets medlemmer.

        Agenda for Medlemsmøtet:

        – Innlegg om betydningen av instituttet

        – Informasjon fra styret vedrørende bla. samlokalisering og øking av medlemskontingenten

        – Informasjon fra Utdannings-utvalget

        – Informasjon fra Medlemsutvalget, bla. om nyetablert Ærespris og fagkvelder fremover

        Sett av tid og dato!

        Workshop: Talking bodies

        Jon Sletvold and Doris Brothers, in collaboration with Norsk Karakteranalytisk Institutt, will arrange the workshop «Talking bodies: Practice and Supervision from a Body-Based Perspective» in Oslo on August 28-29, 2020.

        Talking bodies

        Practice and Supervision from a Body-Based Perspective

        Jon Sletvold and Doris Brothers

        Zoom/online, August 28-29, 2020 (from 13:00 both days)

        In this two-day workshop theoretical presentations will be followed by demonstrations and exercises designed to help participants explore the topics covered. They will then be invited to discuss their experiences.

         

        Main topics:

        A New Understanding of Trauma: From Dissociation-Enactment to the Fracturing of Embodied Wholeness

        We will invite participants to join us in developing our understanding of traumatic experiences making use of contributions from self psychology, relational psychoanalytic theory and the work of the Boston Change Process Study Group. People who are relatively well-functioning and free from ongoing trauma tend to experience a rhythmic flow in their sensing of themselves, others, and themselves in connection to others. As we will show with clinical examples, in the aftermath of trauma this flow tends to disintegrate. We will demonstrate the benefits of using a psychotherapeutic language based on the sensing of “I,” “you,” and “we”.

         

        The Emotional Expression of the Body: How We Perceive One Another

        Our bodily appearance was at the heart of Reich´s character analytic work. Unfortunately it has become a largely neglected aspect of psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic work. We will suggest that it is only when embodiment is a central theoretical concern that the importance of how we appear to one another becomes relevant. We will try to show that while we may imagine that we consistently perceive other peoples’ appearance in a static unchanging way, many factors alter the way we actually perceive them. We will explain that the continually changing emotional context subtly changes our perceptions of one another. Traumatic experiences often lead either to dramatic alterations in our perceptions of others or to our resolutely clinging to an unchanging perception of them.

         

        The Patient´s Experience of the Therapist: First Meetings with Freud – and Fromm

        In the hope of demonstrating the powerful impact of therapists’ bodily appearance on their patients, we will look at how two patients–The Wolf-Man and Hilda Doolittle–experienced their first meetings with Freud. While not wishing to minimize the importance of the words first exchanged by the therapeutic couple, we will try to show that their impact is largely shaped by the feelings for one another that are generated by their inter-bodily perceptions.

         

        Embodied supervision
        Attendees will get the opportunity to participate in embodied supervision exercises. The whole group will be invited to take part in the embodied supervision process.

         


         

        Doris Brothers, Ph.D. is a co-founder and faculty member of the Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation (TRISP). She was co-editor with Roger Frie of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context from 2015-2019 and chief editor of eForum, the online magazine of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP). She serves on the advisory board and council of IAPSP. Her books include: Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis (2008), Falling Backwards: An Exploration of Trust and Self-Experience (1995), with Richard Ulman, The Shattered Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Trauma (1988). She is in private practice in Manhattan, New York, USA.

        Jon Sletvold, Psy.D. , is a licensed specialist in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He is founding board director and faculty member at the Norwegian Character Analytic Institute. He is co-editor with Marianne Børstad of two books: Den terapeutiske dansen [The therapeutic dance] and Karakteranalytiske dialoger [Character analytic dialogues] and the editor of Tage Philipson – Kjærlighet og identifisering [Tage Philipson – Love and Identification]. He is the author of The Embodied Analyst: From Freud and Reich to Relationality, 2014, winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis Gradiva Award 2015. With Per Harbitz he co-authored, 2019 Fra musklepanser til kropper i dialog – Da Reich kom til Norge og det som skjedde etterpå … [From Muscular Armor to Bodies in Dialogue – When Reich came to Norway and what happened afterwards …].

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          Sommerbrunch 2020 avlyst

          Kjære NKI medlemmer, 

          det var planlagt sommerbrunch 13. juni. Grunnet korona velger vi dessverre å avlyse denne i år.

          Og vil vurdere å erstatte den i september, om det lar seg gjennomføre. Mvh. Medlemsutvalget, foreløpig repr. ved Tanya og Jorunn ( ta gjerne kontakt om noen vil delta i utvalget)

          Fagkveld: Slipp meg fri

          16. januar @ 18:00 21:00

          Boken «Slipp meg fri» er skrevet sammen med Angelica Kjos Fra en barndom med brutalitet, seksuelle overgrep og vold, og en oppvekst og ungdomstid som en uønsket kasteball mellom barnevern, rusinstitusjoner og psykiatri, til i dag å være en sterk og modig ung kvinne som også selv er blitt mor. Hvordan er dette usannsynlige mulig? I denne boken beskriver Angelica og hennes psykolog gjennom syv år, Atle, direkte og åpent om terapiprosessen de gikk gjennom. De åpner terapirommet og skjuler verken gledene, utfordringene eller de dramatiske bristepunktene som oppsto i prosessen. Mennesker som lever med vold og overgrep vil selv kunne finne støtte og hjelp i denne boken. Terapeuter vil kunne gjenkjenne og finne støtte for egne tanker, følelser og opplevelser det kan være vanskelig å snakke om. Atle AustadOm Atle Austad; psykologspesialist jobbet som psykolog med primært seksuelle problemstillinger i 25 år. Også karakteranalytiker og spesialitet i sexologi (Nordic Association of clinical Sexology).

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          Norsk Karakteranalytisk Institutt
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          Gjerdrums vei 19
          Oslo, 0484 Norge
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          41256600
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          Fagkveld: Politi og karakteranalyse – to uforenlige verdener eller …?

          Har karakteranalysen noe å bidra med inn i det norske operative politiarbeidet?

          I tilfelle hva?

          Marit Bang Jensen er karakteranalytiker, spesialist i klinisk psykologi og lærer og veileder ved Norsk Karakteranalytisk Institutt. Hun har arbeidet flere år med undervisning i Kommunikasjon og konflikthåndtering ved Politihøgskolen i Oslo.

          Det vil bli presentasjon av eksempler fra undervisningen ved Politihøgskolen, og problemstillinger knyttet til hvordan lese det emosjonelle utrykket i farlige situasjoner drøftes. Politiet skal i gitte situasjoner kunne være både vennlige og imøtekommende og autoritære og grensesettende.

          Hvordan klare disse skiftningene som kreves av politiet når en situasjon plutselig eskalerer? Fokus vil spesielt være på dette skiftet mellom to ganske ulike måter å være på.

          Fagkveld: Politi og karakteranalyse – to uforenlige verdener eller …?

          Oppdatering: Fra klokken 20:00 vil det også bli en samtale om tilskuddsordningen for videregående utdanning i psykoterapi og psykoanalyse (TVUPP) med Kari K. Holm. Kari er psykoanalytiker og var med og arbeidet frem tilskuddsordningen på 1970-tallet kommer og legger frem en historisk vinkling og forståelse for ordningen. Vi ser frem til en interessant dialog om TVUPPs historie og fremtid.