Intimacy and Working with Criminal Offenders Part II (Joint MPI/APT Course)
Susan Flinders, Ph.D.
Graduate, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
Retiree of the Michigan Department of Corrections
Robert Maloney, M.A., L.L.P.
Board Member, Association for Psychoanalytic Thought
Psychologist, Michigan Dept. of Corrections
Thursdays, 8:00-9:30 pm
April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 2012
9 CME and CE credit hours. $210
Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: More than ever, Clinicians are working with individuals who have connection with the criminal justice system. Therapeutic challenges arise as therapists struggle with how to provide help for this population often under particular stress. The difficulties related to this population often evoke strong countertransferential responses that can interfere with the evolving therapeutic intimacy that ultimately fosters therapeutic action. Also, frequently, there are developmental issues related to early failures in intimate relationships. A review of how intimacy emerges in relationships, especially therapeutic relationships, and developmentally, using a psychoanalytic understanding, will help provide another way to work with this commonly challenging population. This course will delve more deeply into the concept of “intimacy” and how it relates to therapeutic work with criminal offenders. While this course will build upon Part I, a quick review of Part I for previous participants will allow newcomers to take Part II without having participated in Part I. Discussion of a therapeutic prison will be added, along with materials related to the concepts of “reflective functioning” and “mentalization”. Readings will include materials from such authors as Bion, Symington, Fonagy, Winnicott and others. Participants are welcome to share personal vignettes as applied to “intimacy” and working with criminal offenders.
Participants will be able to define and understand:
• The concept of intimacy in clinical work esp. related to work with criminal offenders
• The concepts of “reflective functioning” and “mentalization” esp. related to criminals as developmental components to intimacy.
• Intimacy as a developmental process • Intimacy as therapeutic action in psychoanalysis
• The importance of the analyst/therapist’s self-understanding in the treatment process related to intimacy.