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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

The Non-fundamental Rule

Dale Boesky, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant: Michael E. Shulman, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 PM
*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

About the presenter:
Dale Boesky, M.D., is a former Editor in Chief of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, and the author of numerous psychoanalytic papers in major psychoanalytic journals. These include his plenary paper, “The Questions and Curiosity of the Psychoanalyst,” and “The Psychoanalytic Process and Its Components.” He is also the author of a book, Psychoanalytic Disagreements in Context.

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
It is not widely understood that psychic determinism is the major contributer to a patient's associations and that the associations can best be understood by understanding the context in which they arise. Using a detailed clinical example, Dr. Boesky demonstrates how an analyst privately makes trial interpretations and at times may feel confused if the way in which the patients’ asociations are related is not clear. Dr. Boesky says, “Context is …an essential bridge between primary process and secondary process thinking and also between manifest and latent content.”

After attending this presentation:

1. Analysts and therapists will understand that a patient's associations are not free but psychically determined and understanding the underlying connections is a way to begin to understand the mind of the patient.

2. Therapists and analysts will be more aware of how to utilize a patient's associations to better understand a patient's conflicts and offer meaningful feedback to the patient.