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28th May @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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This workshop discusses the difference between play and enactment as dramatic interactive forms as well as the movement between the two. Play takes the position of the Third to allow meta-communication and the performance of recognition while sustaining paradox between opposing propositions (real and not real; repetition and repair). The paradoxical holds both repetition of past injury and potential repair, allowing what is painful or scary to be felt as both real and not real. In this sense play becomes a means of moving out of the dissociated drama of the enactment.

In using the terminology of the Third, I focus on how the co-created movement between “Us” begins to be experienced as a joint venture—in this sense play. The essential element of procedural right brain rhythmicity is balanced with the necessary differentiating aspect of recognition.  We are not identical yet we connect to one another. At the same time we perform recognition in action, resolving enactments through meta-communication in awareness.

Jessica Benjamin is a supervising faculty member of the New York University Postdoctoral Psychology program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies where she is a founder and board member.  She has been part of the relational psychoanalytic movement from its inception and is known for her integration of clinical psychoanalytic and development theory with social thought, particularly feminist theory. She is the author of numerous books and papers. In 2015 she was awarded the Hans Kilian prize for meta-humanistic studies in Bochum, Germany.

This group is open to all qualifications from the psychotherapy field. 

IARTA Members £50 – Non-members £100

Ticket sales will end Saturday 27th May at 12 noon

Please note this workshop will be recorded.

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28th May
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
£50.00 – £100.00

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