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The Continuing Education Committee of the


Presents a 6-week course

Where Spirituality and Psychoanalysis Meet:

Exploring Dimensions of Intersubjective Space

FACULTY: Ruth Rosenbaum

Sundays, February 28, March 6, March 13, April 3, April 10, May 1, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 PM

40 WEST 13 STREET, # 216
(Between 5TH and 6TH Avenues)
Handicap accessible facility

This course will demonstrate how an integration of psychoanalytic and spiritual perspectives in the mind of the analyst can enhance psychoanalytic treatment and help overcome therapeutic impasses. Shifts in conceptualizations of time and space that are implied by a spiritual perspective will be explored with a focus on clinical application. Psychoanalytic topics such as the intersubjective field, enactments, transference/countertransference, and unconscious communication will be described within this integrated model. The course will also address a variety of spiritual experiences reported by patients, offering ways of understanding and incorporating them in psychoanalytic practice.

Dialogues between the instructor and other analysts whose work reflects this framework will be featured. Among them are:

  • Richard Reichbart, PhD President, IPTAR. Author, “The Navaho hand trembler: Multiple roles of the psychic in traditional Navajo society” and numerous psychoanalytic articles.
  • Paul Cooper, PhD, LP Faculty, NPAP. Author, The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter. Transmitted Dharma teacher in the Soto Zen lineage.
  • Alan Roland, PhD Faculty, NPAP. Author, Cultural Pluralism and Psychoanalysis: The Asian and North American Experience; and chapters on the spiritual self.

BIO: Ruth Rosenbaum, PhD, LP Faculty, training analyst, and supervisor, NPAP. Editorial Board, The Psychoanalytic Review. Adjunct Professor, Counseling and Clinical Psychology Dept., Teachers College, Columbia University. Author and lecturer on intersubjectivity, models of consciousness, and spirituality and psychoanalysis, including “Psychoanalysis, psi phenomena, and spiritual space: Common ground” in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality. Private practice, New York, NY.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES – After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define spirituality and its relationship to the psychoanalytic process.
  • Explain how the intersubjective field that emerges from the patient-analyst interaction forms the common ground of psychoanalysis and spirituality.
  • Discuss psychoanalytic concepts, such as intersubjectivity and the “analytic third” from an integrated spiritual/psychoanalytic perspective.
  • Describe how unconscious processes evident in psychoanalytic work parallel spiritual experiences of nonlocal time and space.
  • Discuss how the integration of psychoanalytic and spiritual perspectives can deepen psychoanalytic work and address analytic impasses.

9.0 contact hours will be granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation form. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion, a Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to all participants.

Open to NPAP members and candidates at no cost; and to non-members for a fee of $30 for each 90-minute class. Discount for college students available. Registration is suggested.

Committee: Alice Entin (Chair), Murray Gelman, Judy Ann Kaplan, Edith Laufer, Loveleen Posmentier, Judith Rappaport, Penny Rosen, Claire Steinberger, Hanna Turken.

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0139.