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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Clinical Topics: Presentation and Discussion on Contemporary Psychoanalytic Practice

Presenter: Dr. Michael Lembaris

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Where: La Luna
60 Browns Race
Rochester, NY 14614

About the Presentation

In this presentation, Dr. Lembaris will provide a glimpse into the basic tenets of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice. The presentation will start with a high level, jargon-less description of what, from one perspective, psychoanalysis is, and then actual clinical material from an on-going case will be used to make that description more accessible. Moving through the case material will also provide the opportunity to demonstrate the way other theories and approaches to clinical work tend to proceed, i.e., some common ways, outside of psychoanalytic practice, of organizing a patient's material and intervening. This will put psychoanalysis beside other approaches and should begin to clarify how our theories (which are often held unconsciously) shape what we see in our patient's material (i.e., what we think is wrong) and what we do to help (i.e., how we intervene and what we think can change). Throughout, emphasis will be placed on getting participants engaged within themselves and between one another around HOW WE THINK about clinical work and psychopathology.

Topics will include:

  • Participants will be able to give a working definition of the unconscious.
  • Participants will describe the hypothesized relationship between the conscious and the unconscious implicit to psychoanalysis, and begin thinking about where, or if, one’s own clinical theory has room for such a concept.
  • Participants will begin to articulate more purposefully and explicitly the theory of mutative action implicit in one’s own clinical theory.

About Dr. Michael Lembaris

Dr. Michael Lembaris is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst working in private practice. He is a graduate of The San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute.

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