Working in the Wilds of Cyberspace:
Boundary Issues, Enactments, and Changes in the
Frame in Distance Analysis and Psychodynamic Therapy
with S Berlin Brahnam, Ph.D and Tina Marie Dale, MSW, LCSW
In 2020, issues with enactments, boundaries, and changes in the frame have taken on new relevancy, if not urgency, with the sudden disruption of business as usual caused by COVID-19. With little time for preparation, clinicians and patients have been forced to conduct sessions on the phone or via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom. However much therapists have attempted to recreate their former settings, the frame has radically changed: clinicians in their offices are now working in the wild, plunged in their patient’s habitats, and the affordances of communication devices and their screens pressure both parties to behave in ways incongruent with the office. This class will examine some of the boundary issues, enactments, and accommodations in treatment that arise in distance analysis and psychodynamic therapy with both children and adults. Changes in the frame will be carefully examined as will some of the affordances offered by devices and screens for acting out and for play. Clinical material from the literature, the instructors, and, hopefully, from participants will illuminate some of the dilemmas and therapeutic dimensions offered by the new modality.
For more information, contact us at 314-361-7075 x 361 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations will be accepted up to one week prior to the first session.
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• Gain an appreciation of the creative ways patients are using the virtual space and screen
• Learn to recognize enactments in virtual treatments
• Reflect on how best to address enactments at a distance
• Reconsider parental support during virtual sessions
• Discuss methods for handling boundary issues at a distance
• Analyze switches within and between sessions in a patient’s choice of device and setting
• Recognize how devices, the screen, and the setting unconsciously influence the interaction
Date: Thursdays Jan 21, 28, Feb 4. from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 4.5 Credits
Location: Available via Zoom