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10/8/22 - "The Promise and Peril of Technologically-Mediated Psychoanalytic Training" Presented by Todd Essig, PhD (Philadelphia School of Psa)

  • September 13, 2022 9:32 AM
    Message # 12917386

    Please join the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis for this important conversation!

    "The Promise and Peril of Technologically-Mediated Psychoanalytic Training"
    Presented by Todd Essig, PhD

    Saturday, October 8th

    10:00am-12:00pm EST

    On Zoom


    CE's: 2

    Register Here:

    (PSP is an NBCC ACEP #6637 continuing education provider for social workers and professional counselors. Please check your state board requirements.)

    Technology presents psychoanalytic educators with both promise and peril. There is the promise of wider reach and increased relevance. But that is offset by the possibility of poorly preparing students for the rigors, and pleasures, of a psychoanalytic career. Educators face the both-and challenge of trying to maximize the promise while minimizing the peril. As many now realize after several years of the pandemic-fueled adoption of distance learning and remote treatments, there are no easy answers. Best practices for technologically-mediated psychoanalytic education are still evolving and being studied. Plus, the rapid development and deployment of new and emerging technologies further complicates an already complex challenge. In this workshop we will critically review current practices of using technology for seminars and classes, clinical supervision, control analyses, and candidate personal analyses. The overall question is how technological-mediation can play a role in educating clinically competent psychoanalysts with psychoanalytic identities that can nurture a vibrant future for our traditions, and where that role should be limited.   

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Attendees will be able to describe three pedagogical techniques for online classes and seminars that can be used to enrich student learning and experience.
    2. Attendees will be able to identify the three psychological factors that enable telepresence to generated feelings of intimate connection.
    3. Attendees will be able to identify two ways an online psychoanalytic process differs from a traditional in-person psychoanalytic process.

    About the Presenter:

    Todd Essig, Ph.D., is  Faculty and Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute, member of the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) Advisory Board and of the International Psychoanalytic Association's Task Force on Contemporary Education. From 1994 to 2009 he was founder and director of The Psychoanalytic Connection (aka Widely known as a pioneer in the innovative uses of mental health technologies, he publishes and lectures widely. He has served on editorial boards for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and JAPA and co-edited with Gillian Isaacs Russell a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on psychoanalysis and technology. In the aftermath of 9/11 he was Board Chair for the NY Disaster Counseling Coalition (NYDCC) providing free mental health care to first responders and their families. He was the Co-Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association's Covid-19 Advisory Team, and has been awarded Distinguished Service awards by APsaA and the NY State Psychological Association for his efforts. For 10 years until the pandemic hit he wrote "Managing Mental Wealth" for Forbes where he covered the intersection of technology, psychology, and culture. In his clinical practice he treats individuals and couples.

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