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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

How to Write About Your Clinical Experiences

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

January 25, 2014
2-4 pm
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: The gap between theory and practice is nowhere more apparent or consequential than in our abiding confusion and disagreements about what we actually do to help our patients recover. One of the major reasons for that failure is our inability to establish a consensus about our methodology for the inference of latent meaning from manifest content. But we have always known that there can be no coherent meaning without context. If we pin everything on context why have we given so little attention to our almost non-existent methodology of contextualization? In this discussion a new schema for the comparisons of contextual inferences will be suggested offering a more hopeful alternative.

At the conclusion of this talk, participants will be able to:
1. Better recognize the relation of this problem of defining how psychoanalytic treatment helps patients to the problems of comparing the truth claims of our various competing models of therapeutic action.
2. Better appraise the consequences of failing to link our theories of what helps our patients to the contextualization of material reported by an analyst in order to enhance our understanding of inferred unconscious meaning.

About the presenter: Dale Boesky is the author of the book Psychoanalytic Disagreements in Context. He has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The Journal of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is past Editor in Chief of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.