From “Either-Or” to “And”: The Analyst’s Use of Multiple Models in Clinical Work – Lucy LaFarge

From “Either-Or” to “And”: The Analyst’s Use of Multiple Models in Clinical Work – Lucy LaFarge

Macht Auditorium at Cambridge Hospital

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Date(s) - 11/18/2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

It is a truism in psychoanalysis that theory is not in the foreground of the analyst’s mind during a clinical moment. However, analysts are continuously influenced implicitly by theory, and often by different competing theories or pieces of theory. How are such theories integrated during a clinical encounter. Lucy LaFarge will take a close look as this process, as she introduces her concept of the unique and largely implicit personal core theory that each analyst holds. She will use examples from her own clinical process to illustrate her ideas. She will also discuss the importance of these ideas for psychoanalytic education.


Lucy LaFarge M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Currently Editor for North America of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, she has previously served on the editorial boards of JAPA and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. She has published widely on subjects that include analytic listening, concepts of narcissism, screen memory, revenge, forgiveness, and despair.


David Doolittle, Psy.D.  (discussant) is a supervising analyst and faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. He also currently teaches in the residency program at Mass General Hospital. Dr Doolittle has written about Neo Kleinian theory, perversion, psychic deadness, and traumatic loss.

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