April 22, 2017

True Love Ways: Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness in Dialogue Therapy for Couples

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work
The New York Blood Center
310 East 67th Street
(Btwn 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

Seminar: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Polly Young-Eisendrath will teach the afternoon session: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
5.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Polly Young-Eisendrath Rediscovering the Art of RelationshipsThe unique demands of “personal love” or “true love” in today’s couple require that individuals develop both psychologically and spiritually. This kind of love, which is a form of witnessing and deep personal engagement, has been born from romantic love, but is substantially new to human relationship since the mid-twentieth century. When personal love is confused with the biological imperative of an attachment bond or the illusion of romance, couples therapy will fail because partners will not develop the skills they need to remain separate while together. Drawing on object relations, Jungian Theory, Dialogue Therapy for Couples  as well as Mindfulness and Buddhist Teachings, this presentation will introduce the unique demands of personal love that require couples to work through disillusionment, disentangle chronic projective identification, and develop on-going curiosity about self and other.

Handouts:  Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and apply the concept of projective-identification in couples therapy.
  2. Compare and contrast adult pair bonding (biological attachment bond) with personal love.
  3. Define “disillusionment” and its role in the development of intimacy and provide an example of the use of conflict negotiation and harmony skills.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst, Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, Norwich University, Northfield,Vermont; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont and in private practice in Central Vermont. Dr. Young-Eisendrath is the chairperson of the non-profit “Enlightening Conversations: Buddhism and Psychoanalysis Meeting in Person” that hosts conferences in cities around the USA. She has published fifteen books that have been translated into more than twenty languages and has also published many articles and contributed chapters to books. Her most recent books are; The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery (Rodale, 2014) and The Self Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self Importance (Little Brown, 2008).  She is co-editor with Terrance Dawson of The Cambridge Companion to Jung: New and Revised (Cambridge University Press, 2008).  Dr. Young-Eisendrath’s forthcoming book, True Love Ways: Relationship as Psycho-Spiritual Development will be published in 2018.