Taking Bion’s ‘Late’ Work to a New Pragmatic Register

Henry Markman, MD

Presence, Communication, and Improvisation in Therapy: Taking Bion’s ‘Late’ Work to a New Pragmatic Register
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location has moved, new address below

This course will explore how Bion’s advice to be ‘without memory and desire’ is realized, and the particular way the therapist’s ‘being-with’ the patient is crucial. Using ideas from Gabriel Marcel (‘availability’ and ‘presence’), and John Dewey (aesthetic experience), we will see how their ideas lead to a therapy fostering meaningful experience. The means of achieving ‘presence’ and ‘availability’ require a specific kind of internal work in the therapist. This allows for the freedom to be spontaneous and engage in mutual improvisation that is transformative. Clinical examples will be presented, and we will listen to and discuss free jazz.

This course is designed to help participants:

  • Participants will learn the concepts of ‘availability’ and ‘presence’ and see how they are put into action in their work.
  • Participants will learn about the sort of internal work that allows for the therapist to achieve presence.
  • Participants will learn various theories of improvisation and their relevance to clinical work.

Henry Markman, MD, has published articles on adolescent play, aesthetic experience in psychoanalysis, contributions of Neo-Kleinian writers, masochism, models of analytic engagement, music, and psychoanalysis. He has presented and taught on topics of beauty, psychoanalytic ideas of aesthetics and art, John Coltrane, Freud, Bion, Klein, the use of theory in clinical practice, masochism and the negative therapeutic reaction. Dr. Markman has a clinical practice in Berkeley, were he also leads study groups on Klein, Bion, French Psychoanalysis, and case conferences.

Date & Time: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Location Moved:St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave., Berkeley (get map and directions)

CE: 4 Credits (approved by CPA for MFTs, LCSWs, and psychologists; see Course Policies). $5 additional fee for CE credits.

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 4/3/17 after 4/3/17
Members $92 $112
Nonmembers $112 $132
Prelicensed Students/Interns $72 $92