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Introducing Meditation into Psychoanalysis: Free Association, Meditation and Bion

Presenter: Axel Hoffer, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Discussant: Dwarakanath G. Rao, M.D. Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, December 2, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 PM

*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

About the presenter:
Axel Hoffer, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and former Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and has lectured and supervised in the United States, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Israel. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, as well as the editor of a book entitled “Freud and the Buddha, the Couch and the Cushion.”

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
It is not widely understood that there is a commonality between psychoanalysis and meditation, that is, between free association and meditation. In this paper, Dr. Hoffer presents a clinical example which demonstrates how the analyst or therapist can better identify how their own associations are in response to the associations of the patient and can be used to facilitate understanding the unconscious communications of the patient. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Identify commonalities between free association and meditation. 2. More readily identify their own associations which are in response to the associations of the patient and use these to formulate an understanding of the unconscious communications of the patient.