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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Multiple Levels of Interaction in Therapeutic Communication: Between Patient and Therapist and Within Each Patient

Wilma Bucci, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, Derner Institute, Adelphi University
Research Director, Pacella Parent Child Center, NY Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Discussant: Jay Horowitz, M.D.

Monday, October 21, 2013
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: The great mystery of the psychotherapy process is that it takes place largely in words, but the changes that are sought are changes in emotions and bodily systems. The talk will examine the processes of communicating emotional experience between therapist and patient in the theoretical framework of multiple code theory, which includes subsymbolic and symbolic verbal and nonverbal codes. The talk will cover dissociative processes, including adaptive as well as maladaptive forms, and will discuss communication on multiple levels, including embodied communication as well as linguistic forms. Clinical examples of these processes in psychoanalytic treatment and in sensorimotor psychotherapy will be discussed. By the end of the program, the participants will be able to:
• Define the concepts of multiple code theory, including the emotion schemas and the referential process.
• Discuss and evaluate evidence for these concepts in scientific research.
• Outline the application of these concepts to the treatment of dissociative processes.

About the presenter: Wilma Bucci, Ph.D. is Honorary Member of APsaA, the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI), and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR); Co-Chair, Committee on Research Education, APsaA; Member of Faculty of Research Training Programme of the IPA; Author of Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Science: A Multiple Code Theory, and many clinical, theoretical and research papers; Co-Director of Research at NYPSI; Professor Emerita, Derner Institute, Adelphi University