Fall Conference – A Second Look: A Relational Winnicottian Reflects on Theory and Clinical Practice by Joyce Slochower Ph.D., ABPP

3 CEU’s

What does it mean to work from a Winnicottian perspective in a contemporary relational world?  Is psychoanalytic process organized around making symbolic maternal repair for relational trauma?  And how has contemporary thinking altered that perspective?  In this presentation, Joyce Slochower, a relational Winnicottian scholar and clinician, takes a second look at these and related questions.  In this context Joyce reviews Winnicott’s formulation of holding and her own expanded understanding of holding from a relational perspective—what it looks like in the consulting room and what creates its underlying therapeutic function.  Finally, Joyce reflects critically on her own formulation. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe Winnicott’s theory of analytic holding.
2. Assess the relational critique of Winnicottian holding.
3. Discuss Slochower’s reformulation of holding from a relational perspective.

Joyce Slochower Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY; faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program, Steven Mitchell Center, National Training Program of NIP, Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies & and PINC in San Francisco.  She is the author of Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996; & 2014) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006 & 2014) and co-Editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of “De-idealizing Relational Theory: a Critique from Within” and “Decentering Relational Theory: a Comparative Critique” (2017). She is in private practice in New York City where she sees individuals and couples, runs supervision and study groups.  

Aron, L., Grand, S., and Slochower, J. (Eds.). (2018).  De-idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique from Within.  New York:  Routledge.  

Aron, L., Grand, S., and Slochower, J. (Eds.). (2018).  Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique.  New York:  Routledge. Slochower, J. (2014).  Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (2nd edition).  New York: Routledge. 

Slochower, J. (2014).  Psychoanalytic Collisions (2nd edition). New York:  Routledge.

Leichsenring, F. & Rabung, S. (2008).  The effectiveness of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: A meta-analysis.  Journal of the American Medical Association. 

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Date(s) - November 2, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Hope Club (please no jeans/sneakers)
6 Benevolent St.
Providence, RI

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