On Sunday 3rd June 2012, IARTA were delighted to offer its qualified members the chance to attend a workshop with Donnel Stern
Workshop Title: Dissociation, Enactment, and Witnessing: Theory.
A rich day of conversation with Donnel Stern in which he discussed his theory of unformulated experience (experiences we have not yet reflected upon and put into words) and the implication for clinical process and conceptions of unconscious conflict, phantasy, and interpretation.
He discussed this in relation to the significance of enactment, using the definition of enactment as the interpersonalization of dissociation, and the significance of what he calls “witnessing” in life and the clinical process. He compared his conception of dissociation and enactment with projective identification.
Donnel Stern, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst and member of the Faculty, at the William Alanson White Institue in New York City; and Adjunct Clinical Professor and Supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is the Editor of a book series at Routledge, "Psychoanalysis in a New Key," which has 15 volumes in print and another 10 in various stages of preparation. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is the author of Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis, published by The Analytic Press in 1997, and Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment, published by Routledge in 2010. He is the co-editor ofThe Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis (1995) and Pioneers of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, (1995), both published by The Analytic Press;) and he is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. Her serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is Editor Emeritus of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and serves on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2005, he received the First Biannual Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychoanalyis, presented by Section V of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. He is in private practice in New York.
On July 14th 2013 there was a workshop on games and enactments with Jo Stuthridge and Charlotte Sills (see Events page for more details)