On February 7 I had the opportunity to present a Workshop on Understanding Countertransference Through the Creative Processing of Dreams. This unique presentation was sponsored by the Institute for Expressive Analysis and was held at the headquarters of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis’ in NYC. This was a particularly important experience for me since I had trained at NPAP as a psychoanalyst and taught the courses on Countertransference for them for many years. I also had a special connection to the Institute for Expressive Analysis, having been the first Director 20 years ago, after their founding Director, Dr. Arthur Robbins, had left the Institute. I was also, at the time of this presentation, on the Board of Directors of IEA and soon to become, once again, their President.
This presentation gave me an opportunity to demonstrate the integration of my experiences as both a Creative Art Therapist and Psychoanalyst, by using both my psychoanalytic knowledge of both countertransference and dream theory with my experience in using creative art modalities to process unconscious material. In addition to this already remarkable confluence of experiences, as it turned out, The News and Reviews, the Newsletter of NPAP, had provided a staff member to report on the event. This person had been a student in one of my classes when I had taught courses on Countertransference at NPAP, 22 years ago!
I have attached below for your review.
Reprinted with permission from NPAP News & Reviews, Spring 2014 (Vol. 44, No 1), a publication of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.