Storytelling and the Experience of Talk Therapy with Claire Basescu Online at WCSPP

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Scientific Meeting 2 CE Hours available for NY L CSWs, LMSWs, LPs, LMFTs, LMHCs, LCATs STORYTELLING AND THE EXPERIENCE OF TALK THERAPY: NOTES ON THE POSSIBLE AND THE IMPOSSIBLE Live Webinar! CLAIRE BASESCU, Ph.D.  Friday, OCTOBER 2, 2020 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Admission including CE: $30 TO REGISTER:  This webinar is live, real-time and interactive Powered by GoToWebinar Presented by the Psychoanalytic Association of WCSPP

This paper addresses multiple aspects of storytelling and narrative in relation to talk therapy.  It is an essayistic exploration of the collaborative meaning-making nature of the therapy conversation.  All theory, all case presentations, all interpretive organizing of experience, are forms of narrative storytelling based in the subjectivity of analyst and patient, mediated by language.  Also of interest are the complex motivations for talking, the need for solitude, and both the need for and fear of human communication.  While the essay is mostly literary and clinical, Ricoeur’s theory of hermeneutics provides theoretical support for these explorations.

Claire Basescu is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Greenwich Village.  She is a Graduate and Supervisor of Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute and was formerly on the Editorial Board of the Journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  She is the author of articles that combine scholarly, clinical, and creative writing on such topics as divorce, parenthood, abortion, solitude, and therapy, particularly the experience of the therapist.  She taught a seminar based on the TV show “In Treatment” and has also published poetry.

Participants will be able to:

1. Explain the theory of psychotherapy as a collaborative meaning making endeavor between two equally subjective participants.
2. Describe the power of narrative in psychotherapy.
3. Describe how political and cultural forces influence personal narratives.
4. Explain Ricoeur’s theory of hermeneutics.

Teaching Methods:

Lecture Presentation; Question and Answer

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by NY State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers # 00063; Licensed Psychoanalysts # P-0027; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040; Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0075; and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0028.

A completed survey must be submitted after the meeting for 2 CE hours.

Who should attend:  Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychoanalysts, other mental health professionals, nurses, graduate students.
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