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Fridays @CCP: Lived Depth: Exploring dimensionality and Thirdness in Clinical Process (Jack Foehl, PhD)

  • 20 May 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
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  • If you are a current CCP member, events are free of charge.
  • Non-CCP members who are also not students
  • Non-CCP members who are students. (No Continuing Education credit provided.)

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Fridays @ CCP Lecture Series

Jack Foehl, PhD

( Boston, MA)

Friday, May 20, 2022

Lived Depth: Exploring Dimensionality and Thirdness in Clinical Process 

7-9pm: (CST): ZOOM Presentation & Discussion

About the presentation: Psychoanalysis has used the metaphor of depth from the very beginning. Freud (1913) noted that one cannot “deny the concept of a psychical dimension of depth…without denying the standpoint of psycho-analysis” (p. 275). Rather than using depth as a “vertical” metaphor referring to the hidden, remote or regressed, I use depth as a “horizonal” metaphor referring to the dimensionality of experience, to the ways in which all experience is structured in a figure-ground relationship. Dimensionality, first introduced by Meltzer and Bick, takes on new meaning when seen as depth, offering an embodied and lived experience of thirdness, where psychopathology is to be understood as various “disorders of thirdness” in the clinical setting and in our socio-political world.

Jack Foehl, PhD, is President of Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, where he is Training and Supervising Analyst, Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and Instructor and Supervisor at Harvard Medical School. Jack is Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, a past editorial board member of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and board member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies. He is author of numerous articles on the theory, description and work in psychoanalytic process. Jack works as a psychoanalyst in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Learning Objectives 

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Summarize the difference between depth as a vertical concept from depth as a horizonal concept.

2. Compare one, two and three-dimensionality as modes of being in psychoanalytic process.

3. Describe how considerations of dimensionality change the nature of psychoanalytic technique.

This is an All Level presentation


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Student non-members, single admission: $15

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by May 19, 2022 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Reading

Foehl, J. C. (2020). Lived depth: A phenomenology of psychoanalytic process and identity. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 40(2): 131-146.

Ogden, T. H. (2020). Toward a revised form of analytic thinking and practice: The evolution of analytic theory of mind. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89: 219-243.

Ogden, T. H. (2019). Ontological psychoanalysis or “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 88: 661-684.

Civitarese, G. (2018). Hallucinosis, dreaming, and play: The analytic field and its transformations. Fort Da, 24: 5-21.

Foehl, J. C. (2014). A phenomenology of depth. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24: 289-303.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD

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