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Transference: Neurotic and Psychotic (Hybrid Presentation: In-Person and via Zoom)

October 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop will broaden the notion of transference from the Freudian view of it as a repetition of a past situation, which fits work with neurotics perfectly well, to an understanding of how it manifests with psychotics, which is quite different.  Frequently we hear practitioners working with psychotic patients say that there is simply no transference.  While this can be a useful criterion in corroborating a diagnosis, it does not mean that the patient is not trying to accomplish (or is not, in fact, accomplishing) something with the analyst.  It is merely something quite different from what the neurotic does.  If we define transference as how the patient uses the analyst, it takes markedly different forms with the neurotic and the psychotic.

Bruce Fink, PhD, is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and supervisor who trained in France with the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne, in Paris.  He has translated several of Lacan’s works into English, including Écrits, The Names-of-the-Father, The Triumph of Religion, and Seminars VI, VIII, XVI, and XX—and is the author of numerous books on Lacan, including The Lacanian Subject, A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Lacan to the Letter, Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique, Against Understanding (2 volumes), and Lacan on Love.  More recently, he published A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice. A board member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, he has also penned several mysteries involving a character loosely based on Jacques Lacan.

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October 29
9:00 am - 1:00 pm