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series: connections and conversation

Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting, cultivating creativity and freedom of thought and feeling. We invite you to engage with our presenters and community as they share their interests and passions in conversation on current topics in psychoanalysis.

This free event alternates between Thursdays at 7pm, Saturdays at 9am, and Sundays at 2pm Pacific Time. The meeting begins with a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of conversation.

This series is open to all.

unitary theory of psychoanalytic play:

drama, narrative, and improvisation in field theory and metapsychology – Phil Ringstrom, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Saturday, February 4th at 9 AM PST

In this session of Connections and Conversations Phil Ringstrom will discuss how psychoanalytic play involves a rarified version of human communication. One which uniquely criss-crosses and melds primary and secondary process’ – wedding the unconscious and conscious mind. This experience arises unintentionally in states of spontaneous surprise. In so doing, it unvails aspects of self experience capturing the heretofore “unformulated and therefore unarticulated”. The psychoanalytic “play space” creates an emerging drama and narration involving aspects of both analytic participants. From this can emerge “involuntary affect states” such as unpredictable humor, grief, and depths of self-recognition. All of this involves tapping into and cultivating unconscious aspects of an unrecognized experience of an “essential self”. These experiences reflect that which “fits” and “rings true” to oneself. During our conversation, we will creatively traverse aspects of theory and clinical process, along with engaging in an unique world of psychoanalytic play through in vivo demonstrations.

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Presenter: Phil Ringstrom, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Philip Ringstrom, Ph.D., Psy.D. is a Senior Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, in Los Angeles, California. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of IARPP, and a member of the International Council of Self-Psychologists. He is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and Psychoanalysis: Self and Context. He has published over 60 articles, chapters, and reviews and has presented at conferences all over the world. His book A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Conjoint Therapy (Routledge 2014) won the Goethe Award in psychoanalysis for 2014. He is currently writing a new book titled: Psychoanalytic Play: Dramatization, Narration, and Improvisation in Field Theory and Metapsychology.

CE Credit

Connections and Conversation is not eligible for any CE Credits
No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

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