Nancy Burke, PhD
April 25-26, 2020
Nancy Burke, PhD, is the immediate past-president of CCP. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, is Vice-President of ISPS-US, and is a co-chair of the Psychotherapy Action Network. She is on the boards of CCP, EMHS-US, Show Up Stand Up and Rainforest Relief. Her essays have appeared in Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Psychoanalytic Review and Gender and Psychoanalysis, and she is the editor of Gender and Envy (Routledge).
Freud for Thinking Clinicians
In this case-based seminar, we will seek supervision from “Freud” himself, as we can glean his ideas from his clinical writings. Following a Friday night introduction to some of Freud’s fundamental clinical concepts, we will use three of the four remaining 2.5-hour blocks of time to juxtapose a close reading of selected writings by Freud with a case presentation, aiming to articulate how the theory and the case discussion inform, enhance and challenge each other. The course will end with a short workshop in which participants will at least begin to articulate the clinical theories that are implicit in their own work with patients. In order to encourage theory-building in each person’s particular clinical idiom, we will contrast four versions of the same phenomenon by Freud, Winnicott, Bion and Lacan, to appreciate how differences in tone, emphasis and sensibility lead to new insights.
We will read the clinical papers of Freud, plus selected other papers that discuss his ideas about dreams and parapraxes, the psychology of love, gender and death. We will supplement this list by reference, on the last day of the class, to short readings by Bion, Freud, Winnicott and Lacan