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S. Purcell
Lewis and Clark College - Miller 105
615 SW Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219
United States

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Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Category: CE

Working With the Unsymbolized Experience of Developmental Trauma
with Stephen Purcell, MD

This program will consist of two complementary lectures, each followed by discussion with attendees.  In the first, “What Goes Around Comes Around:  The Place of Dissociation in the Contemporary Theory and Technique of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,” Dr. Purcell will review the evolution of the concept of dissociation in psychoanalytic theory and practice.  He will situate it currently within the emerging mass of relevant data from neuroscience, highlighting the relevance to psychotherapy technique.  He will also address what is meant by “technique” in light of a clinical theory that gives dissociation a central position and mention some implications of this perspective for the teaching and learning of psychotherapy.  In his second lecture “Dissociation and Duets:  Perspectives on Technique in Therapies for Developmental Trauma,” Dr. Purcell will underscore a necessary reconceptualization of technique when trauma and dissociation are foundational elements in psychopathology.  He will describe his notion of therapeutic “duets” in the dimensions of both action and prosody. His emphasis will be on clinical approaches to the subjectivities of both therapist and patient when we are working with the unformulated affects encountered in traumatized patients, and he will provide an extended clinical vignette to illustrate his ideas.

Learning Objectives:
1. Distinguish between pathological dissociation and hypnoid phenomena.
2. Describe basic differences between traditional psychotherapy technique and techniques suitable for work with the psychopathologies of dissociation.
3. Describe the significance and technical implications of dissociation by therapists in psychotherapy with dissociated patients.

Stephen Purcell, MD practices psychoanalysis in San Francisco, where he is a Faculty member and a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.  He is also a Faculty member and a Personal and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.  He serves on the Editorial Board of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  His publications include book chapters on somatoform and dissociative disorders and original papers on countertransference, perversion, the use of medication in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic identity, and technique in the treatment of trauma-related psychopathology.  His most recent publication is titled “Psychic Song and Dance:  Dissociation and Duets in the Analysis of Trauma.”

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 9am—1pm 
CME: 4
Location: Lewis and Clark College, Miller 105
                 Portland, OR 97219

$150 (non-members) ● $135 (members) ● $75 (residents/interns) Full-time Undergraduate/Graduate Students  (free with valid student ID day of event) 



Following the Saturday lecture you are invited to join Dr. Stephen Purcell for a small group case conference from 2:30pm - 4:30pm in the OPC library. This is an exciting opportunity for an interactive discussion of case material with consideration to the main themes of Dr. Purcell's two lectures. Seating is limited. $80/person, no CE credits for case conference portion.

Register Here for the Case Conference

Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of  4.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose

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