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4/23/22 - Psychoanalytic Play: Improving in the Emerging Dramatic Narrative of Treatment (ICP)

  • April 01, 2022 12:27 PM
    Message # 12690429


    Register Now for an Online Event with Phil Ringstrom

    Saturday, April 23, 2022 9am -12pm PDT

    For over two decades, Phil Ringstrom has been working towards a meta-theory for psychoanalytic practice. One which harnesses rich aspects of play and improvisation as a means of cultivating possibilities where treatments become constrained. One particular source of constraint, of the many he examines, involves the “top-down” influence of our psychoanalytic theories. That is, in their prescriptions and proscriptions about the treatment which can undermine therapeutic creativity. Especially, in the casting of therapist and patient in defined roles versus allowing for a more fluid "bottom-up" playful experience of bi-directional "free association".

    In this presentation, you will experience playfully imagining ourselves and patients in heretofore unimagined ways. Ones which "play-off-of-and-with" the inevitably emerging, co-created "dramatic repetitions" which involve unwitting characteristics and patterns in both interaction and narrative. These repetitions become the "stuff" with which to be spontaneously played, cultivating moments of improvisation from which new possibilities may emerge. 

    While Winnicott fiercely challenged us to play in psychoanalytic treatment, he unfortunately told us very little about how to actually do it. Join us for an intellectually stimulating and lived experience with Phil Ringstrom that seeks to unlock new possibilities in the analytic field through the critical role of play and improvisation in psychoanalytic treatment.


    General Admission: $135 for Early Registration before April 9, 2022/ $160 Late Registration After April 9, 2022 - 3 CE's offered

    Candidate Student Admission: $85 Early Registration before April 9, 2022/$105 Late Registration after April 9, 2022 - 3 CE's offered

    This program will be recorded.

    Register below and you will receive an email within 24hrs confirming your registration. Please contact us at if you do NOT receive your confirmation.


    The Deadline to Register for the Event is 12pm Friday, April 22nd.

    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, where he is also in full time private practice. 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 for best book in psychoanalysis for 2014. The topic of today’s conference involves his current work on a new book titled: Psychoanalytic Play: Dramatization, Narration, and Improvisation in Field Theory and Metapsychology.

    Ilene Philipson (Moderator) holds doctorates in sociology, clinical psychology, and psychoanalysis. She is a training and supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, a faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and is in the private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Oakland, California. In addition to On The Shoulders of Women: The Feminization of Psychotherapy, her books include Married to The Job; Ethel Rosenberg: Beyond the Myths; and Women, Class, and the Feminist Imagination (ed). She has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and NYU.

    The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Due to accreditation guidelines, continuing education credit will not be awarded to participants who do not attend the program in its entirety. Continuing Education certificates will be provided within 4 weeks of the date of the conference. Continuing Education certificates will not be provided after 30 days following the conference.

    Please notify the if requesting accommodations for disability.

    Please contact to submit a complaint, or if you have additional questions.

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