Dr. Lewis Aron
This workshop will focus on fluctuations of identity and shifting self-states in the clinician and on the therapeutic method that Sandor Ferenczi called “dramatic dialogues.” The workshop will trace the tradition from Ferenczi to Searles and contemporary relational psychoanalysis. We will focus on the clinical contributions of Harold Searles who Aron describes as “the American answer to Sandor Ferenczi.” Searles is the missing link, too infrequently credited, between the Ferenczian and Jungian traditions and the current relational approach. We will discuss his articles and watch several videos of his famous or notorious clinical interviews. We will draw comparisons and contrasts to the approach associated with Bion, Ferro, Civitrarese, Grotstein, Mitchell, the post-Bionians, and the relationalists.
Lewis Aron, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a past President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) APA; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of NYSPA. He is co-founder of the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research; co-founder of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; and co-editor of the Relational Perspectives Book Series; author and editor of numerous articles and books. His next book, co-authored with Galit Atlas, is to be called Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice.