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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Self Care and the Logic of Play - 2015 Visiting Professor

Kenneth Corbett, Ph.D. (New York, New York)

March 21, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need:
Child and adult analytic work involves both similar and different issues, issues which may be evident in theory, but can be difficult to put into practice. The presentation offers a way to clarify these issues by comparing and contrasting the psychotherapy of a six-year-old boy and a sixty-two-year-old man to demonstrate Winnicott's concept of therapy being two people “playing together.” Dr. Corbett's paper illustrates how the therapeutic process involves patient and therapist “playing in reality,” the paradoxes that arise within the therapy and how the two therapies demonstrate the forces of psychic equivalence. The paper shows that trust in this “playing,” along with the analyst's trust in his/her own unconscious, can help patients become less frightened of their own inner worlds and engage in psychotherapeutic action.

1) The participant will distinguish the framework from the goal of psychotherapy through the concept of play.
2) The participant will identify the differences and similarities in the forces of psychic equivalence in the two therapies.
3) The participant will identify the differences and similarities between child and adult analytic work.

About the Presenter:
Ken Corbett, Ph.D. is a noted psychoanalyst and author of the 2009 book, Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities. A graduate of Columbia University in clinical and developmental psychology, Dr. Corbett has a longstanding interest in gender studies. His writings and interviews about sexuality, gender, art and psychotherapy appear in academic journals as well as magazines, newspapers, websites and television. He is currently working on the role of play in psychotherapeutic technique and also is at work on A Murder Over a Girl, a nonfiction account of the murder of one boy by another. Dr. Corbett supervises nationally and has a private practice in New York City.

The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is honored to have Dr. Ken Corbett with us for the week of March 16th - March 21, 2015.