Eros, Love and Dread in the Transference: Contemporary Perspectives at WCSPP

Scientific Meeting 2 CE Hours available for LCSW’s, LMSW’s, LP’s, LMFT’s


On Touch: Analytic Mendacity and Prohibition Sue Grand, Ph.D
Talking Sex and Talking About Sex Galit Atlas, Ph.D.
Discussant:Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
Friday, December 8, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Suggested contribution: $20
Admission with CE: $30
Community Unitarian Church
468 Rosedale Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

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Contemporary psychoanalysis has increasingly recognized the body and its somatic communications, inspiring shifts in both theory and clinical practice. At the same time, we have been reviewing the historic shadows cast over erotic transference. As contemporary visions of the body meet this historic reckoning, we can excavate the contradictory edicts that are infusing the analytic situation.

This panel examines our conflicted cultural nexus: the implicit mandates for, and prohibitions of, transference love; the pressure towards, and denial of, counter-transference love; the contemporary cultural embrace of Eros and its attendant cyber-undoing of love. We suggest that, in the consulting room, this contradictory nexus evokes unconscious dread. The authors present two clinical cases. The first is a study of erotic transference as a hostile defense against analytic love. The second queries our collective denial and silence about touch in the analytic setting.

Sue Grand, Ph.D. is Faculty and Supervisor, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis. Dr. Grand is the author of The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective (Analytic Press, 2000) and The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude (Analytic Press, 2009).

Galit Atlas, Ph.D. is Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Atlas is the author of The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2015).

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and Faculty, Sandor Ferenczi Center, New School for Social Research. Dr. Harris is co-editor of Ghosts in the Twenty First Century: Vols.1 and 2 (forthcoming, Taylor and Francis).

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by NY State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers # 00063; Licensed Psychoanalysts # P-0027; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe 3 differences between classical and contemporary thinking on
erotic transference.
2. Participants will be able to describe the dyad as a regulatory system and its clinical implications.
3. Participants will be able to distinguish constructive versus destructive forms of erotic transference.
4. Participants will be able to cite the history regarding touch in psychoanalysis.

A completed evaluation must be submitted at the end of the conference.

Who should attend: Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychoanalysts, other mental health professionals, nurses, graduate students.

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