Todd Essig, PhD: “The Promise and Peril of Technologically-Mediated Psychoanalytic Training”

Date: October 8, 2022

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Format: ZOOM

Cost: $30

CE’s (for social workers & professional counselors): 2

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Description:
Technology presents psychoanalytic educators with both promise and peril. There is the promise of wider reach and increased relevance. But that is offset by the possibility of poorly preparing students for the rigors, and pleasures, of a psychoanalytic career. Educators face the both-and challenge of trying to maximize the promise while minimizing the peril. As many now realize after several years of the pandemic-fueled adoption of distance learning and remote treatments, there are no easy answers. Best practices for technologically-mediated psychoanalytic education are still evolving and being studied. Plus, the rapid development and deployment of new and emerging technologies further complicates an already complex challenge. In this workshop we will critically review current practices of using technology for seminars and classes, clinical supervision, control analyses, and candidate personal analyses. The overall question is how technological-mediation can play a role in educating clinically competent psychoanalysts with psychoanalytic identities that can nurture a vibrant future for our traditions, and where that role should be limited.

Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will be able to describe three pedagogical techniques for online classes and seminars that can be used to enrich student learning and experience.
2. Attendees will be able to identify the three psychological factors that enable telepresence to generate feelings of intimate connection.
3. Attendees will be able to identify two ways an online psychoanalytic process differs from a traditional in-person psychoanalytic process.

About Dr. Essig:

Todd Essig, Ph.D., is  Faculty and Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute, member of the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) Advisory Board and of the International Psychoanalytic Association’s Task Force on Contemporary Education. From 1994 to 2009 he was founder and director of The Psychoanalytic Connection (aka psychoanalysis.net). Widely known as a pioneer in the innovative uses of mental health technologies, he publishes and lectures widely. He has served on editorial boards for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and JAPA and co-edited with Gillian Isaacs Russell a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on psychoanalysis and technology. In the aftermath of 9/11 he was Board Chair for the NY Disaster Counseling Coalition (NYDCC) providing free mental health care to first responders and their families. He was the Co-Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Covid-19 Advisory Team, and has been awarded Distinguished Service awards by APsaA and the NY State Psychological Association for his efforts. For 10 years until the pandemic hit he wrote “Managing Mental Wealth” for Forbes where he covered the intersection of technology, psychology, and culture. In his clinical practice he treats individuals and couples.

Jill Savege Scharff, MD, FABP: “Psychoanalytic Education Online”

Date: November 8, 2022

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm EST

Cost: $30

CE’s (for social workers & professional counselors): 2

Format: ZOOM

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Description:

Is it possible to provide effective training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy online? Does the loss of bodily presence kill the development of analytic sensibility?  Can the activation of other sensory channels compensate so that the graduate of an innovative program that meets online will be as effective clinically as one from a traditional program where classes meet on-site?  Dr. Scharff will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of psychoanalytic education conducted mainly or entirely online with examples from adult and child training, and training in couple and family psychoanalysis to show the impact of the technology-mediated setting on cognitive and affective experience as aspects of the learning process.

Learning Objectives:
1) Give one example of a learning difficulty addressed in online supervision.

2) List one advantage and one disadvantage of studying psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in an online educational setting

3) Discuss one loss to be mourned when the bodies of teacher and classmates are not in the same room

About Dr. Scharff:

Jill Savege Scharff MD, FABP, (MD, USA) Co-founder of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) where she is a supervising child and adult psychoanalyst in its analytic and child training programs; Member APsaA and IPA; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine; Author, editor and series editor of books on object relations theory, psychoanalytic child, couple and family therapy, and psychoanalysis online; in private practice in Chevy Chase MD; a recipient of The Sigourney Award 2021. Latest book: Psychoanalysis Online volume 4.