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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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Can You Cure Your Patient?

Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST

Are you able to cure your patient? In this presentation, I like to pose this question, without defining what a “cure” might look like, in order to get at your initial instinctive feeling. This presentation is intended to be an ethical question. I am not examining whether psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy can cure the human mind, or what cases it can cure, or how patients can be cured. I am examining how we are tempted to use psychoanalytic theory to explain and justify ourselves when we are asked these clinical questions. Imagine being asked by a patient, “Can you cure me?” We may likely respond, “Psychoanalysis is effective for cases of x,” or “Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is less about treatment and more about making sense of the experience,” or “Here is the process by which the mind is cured.” But none of these are an answer to the question the patient is asking us.

Koichi Tagashi, Ph.D., L.P.

Koichi Tagashi, Ph.D., L.P.

Koichi Tagashi, Ph.D., L.P., is a certified clinical psychologist and a licensed psychologist in Japan; a licensed psychoanalyst in the State of New York; and a certified psychoanalyst at the National Association for Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), New York. He has a private practice in Hiroshima and Kobe, Japan. He is a member of the faculty, and training & supervising analyst at the Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation (TRISP), a professor at Konan University, Kobe, Japan, a founder and faculty at the Japanese Forum for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (JFPSP), and a mentor of the Taiwan Self Psychology Study Group. He is a member of the Council of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. He is an associate editor of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, and an editor of Psychoanalytic Inquiry. He has published numerous books and articles in Intersubjectivity, Relational Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Self Psychology in the US, Japan, and Taiwan. He is a co-author of the book, “Kohut’s Twinship across Cultures: The Psychology of Being Human,” and an author of the book, “The Psychoanalytic Zero: A Decolonizing Study of Therapeutic Dialogues,” for which he received the 2020 Gradiva Award.

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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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Watch recordings and download papers and slides from past Connections and Conversations and Decentralized Learning Experiences.