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From Interaction to Interconnectedness: The Emergence of a New Dimension of the Analytic Presence  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Ofra Eshel, Psy.D. and Raanan Kulka, M.A.


Co-sponsored by the Leonard J. Comess Israel Teaching Fund
and the New Center for Psychoanalysis

Innovative Israeli analysts Ofra Eshel, Psy.D. and Raanan Kulka, M.A. are the featured speakers at this all-day conference at UCLA. Working and writing from the Winnicottian-Kohutian spectrum, these analysts demonstrate radical, transformative ways of being with and understanding patients.

Ofra Eshel presents her paper “Do I Dare Be the Analyst of a Severely Perverse Patient?
On Being Within ‘Presencing’, Passion and Compassion in States of Perversion, Despair and Deadness in Analysis.” She focuses on the deep patient-analyst psychic interconnectedness as the fundamental therapeutic means which forges a new entity of interconnectedness, extending the reach of psychoanalytic treatment. Through the use of a detailed clinical illustration of difficult analysis with a severely fetishistic-masochistic patient, Dr. Eshel describes the kind of knowledge, experience and powerful effects that come into being when the analyst interconnects with the patient. She relates the analyst's struggle to involve herself in the patient's reliving of overwhelming breakdown and madness (in Winnicott's sense). James Grotstein is the discussant.

Raanan Kulka presents a new existential model within self psychology that serves as a basis for contemporary reflections on Freud's seminal work Civilization and its Discontents (1930). The model, titled: Between Emergence and Dissolving, proposes a new trajectory for the evolution of self psychology and is used to establish philosophical and practical bridges between Psychoanalysis and Buddhism. This model creates harmonious interdisciplinary linkage upon which a new psychoanalytic fabric is woven. This novel psychoanalytic matrix is based on non-dual paths of interconnectedness which transcend the dualistic interactive channels of the traditional psychoanalytic encounter. From this perspective, Freud's civilization of pessimism will be challenged by an idealistic alternative of a Culture of Compassion. Dr. Estelle Shane is the discussant.

Ofra Eshel, Psy.D. is a training and supervising analyst and faculty at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (IPA); co-founder, coordinator and faculty of the Israel Winnicott Center;  co-founder, former coordinator and faculty of the Program of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Advanced Psychotherapists, the Israel Psychoanalytic Institute; lecturer at the Program of Psychotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University.  Dr. Eshel is the author of numerous articles published in international journals ans is best known for her papers “Black Holes, Deadness and Existing Analytically,” IJP. 1998; "Pentheus Rather than Oedipus: On Pervision, Survival and Analytic 'presencing,' " IJP. 2005;  “Whose Sleep Is It Anyway? or 'Night Moves,' " IJP. 2001;  "Where Are You, My Beloved?: On Absence, Loss, and the Enigma of Telepathic Dreams." IJP. 2006. Dr. Eshel is in private practice in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Raanan Kulka, M.A. is faculty, training and supervising analyst for adults, adolescents and children of The Israel psychoanalytic Society and The Israel Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Kulka is chair, Israel Association for Self Psychology and the Study of Subjectivity; lecturer, Division of Self Psychology in the Program of Psychotherapy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University; and member of both the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and the International Council of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. He has authored over 20 published papers in major journals and has presented extensively in Israel and abroad. He is a regular guest lecturer at the Mindfulness Project, Lama Tzong Khapa (Buddhist) Institute, Pomaia, Italy and is in private practice in Shoresh near Jerusalem, Israel.

James Grotstein, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA and a training and supervising analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Center of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and is past vice president of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has written and lectured extensively and his most recent book is a two volume work on psychoanalytic technique,  …But at the Same Time and on Another Level… Psychoanalytic Technique in the Kleinian/Bionian Mode.  Dr. Grotstein is in the private practice of psychoanalysis in West Los Angeles.

Estelle Shane, Ph.D. is a training and supervising analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She is one of the original members of the study group led by Heinz Kohut—a group that evolved into the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology where she is currently serving as President. She is also an Associate of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and on the faculty of UCLA Department of Psychiatry.  She co- authored the book Intimate Attachments: Towards a New Self Psychology, as well as authored numerous articles. Dr. Shane is in private practice in West Los Angeles.

Course Objectives
•   Gain familiarity with some of the innovative contributions of psychoanalysis in Israel
•   Identify new concepts emerging from the Winnicottian-Kohutian spectrum
•   Develop the analyst’s capabilities of “being with-in” and of transcending subjective boundaries in order to establish a new analytic presence
•   Introduce the concept of patient-analyst interconnectedness as the fundamental dimension of the psychoanalytic encounter
•   Learn how the “non-dual matrix” of the psychoanalytic process and experience promotes psychoanalytic change.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
8:30 AM  Registration and Continental breakfast
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM   CE/CME credits: 5.5

$75  Pre-registration;  $85 at the door
$35 Clinical associates, interns, residents, students
UCLA Psychiatry trainees free

Venue: NRB auditorium in the Neuroscience Research Building, 635 South Charles E Young Drive, on the UCLA campus

Presented with the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA