This paper explores the psychic work required of the analyst in order to reach the patient sequestered in an autistic enclave. Using clinical material I demonstrate how somatic disturbances prompted self-analysis and recognition of my own primitive terrors. The experience of a serious fire led to transformations in O and K of a shared fall into a black hole.
After this intermediate/advanced presentation, participants will be able to:
• Apply the concept of autistic encapsulation to work more effectively with primitive mental states in patients
• Describe the difference between a transformation in K and a transformation in O, two key concepts of Wilfred Bion related to mechanisms of therapeutic action
• Delineate what psychic work is required of the analyst in order to make contact with a patient who lives in terror of a breakdown that has already happened but remains un-thought and un-experienced
Karen Roos is a faculty member and supervising analyst at MIP and guest faculty at BPSI. She is a board member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, a non-affiliated organization that promotes immersion in contemporary international psychoanalysis. She maintains a practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Brookline MA.
Date(s) - March 2, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SHERATON PROVIDENCE AIRPORT
1850 POST ROAD
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