Reclaiming the Body in the Age of Virtual Reality:  Some Beginnings

Instructor: Linda Gibson, MD

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Dates: Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017

Time:  Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom B  8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Course Level:  Advanced

Fee: $190.00

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 6.0 Credit Hours

As psychoanalytic therapists we are accustomed to dealing with the physical body or soma at a distance via its symbolic manifestations and meanings.  Even though Freud clearly stated that “the ego is first and foremost a body ego”, he did not elaborate beyond sketchy beginnings either a theory or a clinical technique for dealing in a more direct manner with the impact/interaction of the body on the psyche or the psyche on the body.  We will explore the work of two contemporary theorists (Ferrari and Goldberg) who present approaches to understanding and dealing interpretively with mind/body interactions (or lack thereof).


Session One:  To recognize and utilize nonverbal communications within the psychotherapeutic setting.

Session Two:  To be able to differentiate Ferrari’s vertical axis from the horizontal axis.

Session Three:  To be able to differentiate interpretations addressing the vertical axis from those addressing the horizontal axis and to understand the therapeutic aims of each.

Session Four:    To be able to discuss Goldberg’s model of a somatic false self and recognize its manifestations in the clinical setting.


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