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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 that alternates times. The meeting begins with a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of conversation. This event is typically NOT recorded. If this changes, it will be announced at the meeting.

This series is open to all.

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The Analyst’s Search for Empathy in the Face of Hate

Sunday, November 10th from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PT

This paper presents a description of the analysis of an African-American patient with Dissociative Identity Disorder. It will focus primarily on one year of the analysis when the transference was extremely negative resulting in the analyst moving from a very empathic and loving countertransference position to feeling hatred for the patient. Examples of rupture and repair in the transference will be presented. The paper will also look at issues related to culture that emerged in this analysis, despite the analyst and analysand having similar cultural backgrounds.

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Veronica D. Abney, Ph.D.

Veronica D. Abney, Ph.D., is training and supervising analyst practicing in Los Angeles. Her expertise is in the treatment of child, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma. She is interested in the application of modern psychoanalytic theories in cross-cultural treatment of trauma. Dr. Abney is a past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Her publications include Transference and Countertransference Issues Unique to Long-Term Group Psychotherapy of Adult Women Molested as Children: The Trials and Rewards, A Rationale for Cultural Competency, African-Americans and Sexual Child Abuse (in Sexual Abuse in Nine North American Cultures) and Cultural Competency in the Field of Child Maltreatment (in APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment). Ms. Abney received her Masters degree from the Smith College School for Social Work and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Her dissertation research was on African-American Psychoanalysts in the United States.

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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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