Draft Course Outline September 4 2008

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Draft Course Outline September 4 2008


    New York, New York 10024 January 2009 Barbra Zuck Locker Ph. D., ABPP One West 81

    Course Outline: Doing the Work: Clinical Seminar

This course is a case seminar/ group discussion format that will use case

    material and readings to explore the experience of the patient and the analyst in

    the treatment situation. Special attention will be paid to the uniquely

    “interpersonal” approach to the analytic encounter, but the course will primarily

    be concerned with “doing the work” and it’s underlying meaning. Students will be

    asked to think about their own psychoanalytic participation, and what they bring

    to the analytic situation as individuals. Candidates will be encouraged to consider

    the analytic relationship in terms of the mutual impact of analyst and patient, in

    both conscious and unconscious realms.

Class meetings will be organized around particular aspects of the analyst/patient

    relationship, with questions aimed at generating class discussion and the sharing

    of experiences. Students will be asked to present case material, both clinically

    challenging, and uniquely rewarding. In addition to assigned theoretical readings,

    film and works of fiction will be used to highlight aspects of “the interpersonal”.

The syllabus below is not meant as a strict outline, but rather as a suggested

    sampling of class discussion topics built around practice issues. Since this is a

    seminar, it is expected that there will be flexibility in the organization of topics and

    assignments based on the case material presented and the class discussion.

Readings and assignments will be selected from the bibliography below, and

    distributed in advance. Readings are meant as guideposts. The focus of the

    class will be on the experience of being an analyst and being a patient.

Week 1: Getting to Know You: The Initial Encounter

    The first session will be an introductory session for the class, and will also begin

    to explore the vicissitudes of the initial encounter between patient and therapist.

    This will include aspects of the referral process, the telephone encounter, and the

    topic of “first impressions”.

     From the bibliography (FTB): Pipher, (2003).


Weeks 2 & 3: Do we meet again? The Initial Encounter Continued

    What exactly is a consultation? The detailed inquiry and taking a history.

    Of all the gin joints in the world, why did you walk into mine?

    Are you the one? How do we determine whether to start a treatment? How do

    we decide how often to meet?

    When do we talk about the “business” of therapy? Should there be policies? What about money?

     FTB: Cooper, A. (1995); Josephs(2004).

    Week 4: The Electronic Analyst and the Wired Patient and Both:

     A slow speed practice in a high-speed world. Does technology affect the

    analytic relationship? Should it? How does it affect the “business” plan?

     FTB: Parker, (1997.

Weeks 5 & 6: What are we doing anyway, and how do we work together?

    What is psychoanalysis? What is therapy? Are we counselors? Is there a

    difference? What makes this work, work? Is change possible?

    What do we two do now? Is history necessary? What is memory? What is truth?

    The intimidation of the dream: Are night dreams more important than day


     FTB: Aron, (1997); Bromberg, (2006); Carr, (2008); Imber, (1995);

    Mitchell, (1995).

     *Two For the Road, Peggy Sue Got Married

     Week 7: I know you! I’ve heard this all before: Assumptions, values and prejudices.

    Treatment biases. The analyst’s judgments. What’s culture got to do with it? The

    role of labels and diagnoses. What is Character? The tyranny of the familiar.

     FTB: Barnett, (1981); Goren, (1995).

     *Crash; The Visitor.

    Week 8: I don’t know you at all…you’re freaking me out! The new and the unfamiliar. Further notes on character and diagnosis.

     FTB: Grey, C. (1993); Jones, D.F. (1995).

     * Zelig; Midnight Cowboy

Week 9: I know how you feel.

    What is empathy? What is shared experience? What is pain?

    What is knowing?

     FTB: Itzkowitz, (2006); Kates, (1997).

     * Cinema Paradiso,

Week 10: What’s love got to do with it?

    What do we feel for each other? What kind of relationship is this anyway?

    This can’t be attraction…it must be counter-transference.

     FTB: Hirsh, (2008); Lesser, (1978b).


Weeks 11 & 12: What am I supposed to do here?

    Is there such a thing as technique? Can I learn it?

    The analyst’s participation in the treatment. What exactly is mutuality?

    Authenticity? How about self-disclosure? What about analytic neutrality?

    The patient as “co-worker”.

     Both weeks, students are asked to bring in one “clinical vignette” of the week, and one “real life” vignette of the week.

     FTB: Ehrenberg, (1995); Fiscalini, (2004); Renik, (1995).

     * Lars and the Real Girl; Talk to Her.

Week 13: Stuff happens.

    Life emergencies during the treatment. Yours, mine and ours: Are we in this


     FTB: Locker, B. (2007); Singer, E. (1977).

Week 14: Little or no side effects: The Role of Psychopharmacology in


    When is medication helpful? How are we involved? How much do we need to


     FTB: Friedman, R.A. (2008).

    Week 15: How will I learn to live without you? Is there termination? How and when? Saying Good-bye.

     FTB: Ragan, T, (2008).

     * Finding Nemo.


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Aron, L. (1997). Are We to Have a Meeting of the Minds? Psychoanalytic

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Aron, L. (2005). On the Unique Contributions of The Interpersonal Approach to

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Barnett, J. (1981). Interpersonal Processes, Cognition and the Analysis of

    Character. Contemporary Psychoanalysis.16:397-416.

Bass, A. (2001). It takes One to Know One, or, Whose Unconscious Is It Anyway?

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Basescu, S. (1977). Anxieties in the Analyst: An Autobiographical Account.


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    Basescu, S. (1987). Behind the Seens. Psychoanalytic Psychoanalysis 4:255-265.

    Berman, E. (2001). Psychoanalysis and Life. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 70: 34-65.

    Bromberg, P. (2006). Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.

Carr, D. (2008). The Night of the Gun. New York: Simon and Shuster.

    (Or, New York Times Magazine excerpt, July 20, 2008.)

Cooper, A. (1995). The Detailed Inquiry. In: The Handbook of Interpersonal

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Cooper, S.H. (2000). Objects of Hope: Exploring Possibility and Limit in

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Crowley, R. (1952/1995). Human reactions of analysts to patients. In D. Stern,

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Ehrenberg, D.B. (1992). The Intimate Edge. New York: Norton.

    Ehrenberg, D. (1995). Self-disclosure: Therapist’s Tool Or Indulgence? Countertransference Disclosure. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 31:213-221.

    Fiscalini, J. S. (2004). Co participant Psychoanalysis. New York: Columbia University Press.

    Friedman, R.A. (2008). Take Two Prozac and Call Me in the Morning. New York Times, July 15, pF5.

Gerson, B. (1996) The Therapist as a Person: Life Crises, Life Choices, Life

    Experiences, and Their Effects on Treatment. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.

Gill, M. (1994) Psychoanalysis in Transition. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Analytic



    Goren, E.R. (1995). Review essay: Narcissism and the Interpersonal self. J. 4 Fiscalini and A. Grey (Eds.) Psychoanalytic Psychology 12: 329-342

Grey, C.C. (1993) Culture, charter and the analytic engagement: Toward a

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Havens, L. (1993). Coming to Life: Reflections on the Art of Psychotherapy

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    Helm, F.L., (2000). A Continuum of Listening and Interventions. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 17: 730- 749.

    Hirsch, I. (2008). Coasting in the Countertranference. New York: The Analytic Press.

    Hoffman, I.Z. (1998). Ritual and Spontaneity in Psychoanalytic Practice. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.

Hoffman, I. Z. (1999) At death’s door: Therapists and patients as agents.

    Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 10: 823-846.

Hunter, V. (1994). Psychoanalysts Talk. New York: The Guilford Press.

    Personal Factors Subjectively Influencing Interpretation (pp. 6-13).

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Itzkowitz. S. (2006). Discussion of Fiscalini’s “Co-participant Inquiry”.

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    Jones, D.F. (1995). Conceptions of Diagnosis and Character. In: Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. (Eds,) Lionells, M., Fiscalini, J. Mann, C. & Stern,

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Josephs, L. (2004). Seduced by affluence: How material envy strains the

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    Being There

    Cinema Paradiso



    Empire of the Sun


    Finding Nemo

    Lars and the Real Girl

    Midnight Cowboy


    Now Voyager

    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Talk to Her

    The Visitor



    Two For the Road



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