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Yearning for the Vastness of the Sea: The Relational Matrix and the Analytic Process

Presenter: Elgan Baker, Ph.D., HSPP

Monday, November 13th, 2017, 7-9 PM
Christian Theological Seminary Counseling Center, 3rd floor parlor
1050 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Program Description

This presentation will explore the relational aspects of the psychoanalytic process and examine a tripartite model of understanding the relational matrix. The significance of evolution and phenomenology of transference, the real/contemporary relationship, and the therapeutic alliance will be discussed along with the interaction among these which help to determine dimensions of process in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Variations in these phenomena for patients at differing levels of characterological maturity will be presented and explicated. Strategies and techniques for fostering, focusing, and titrating each of these relational dimensions will be discussed along with specific indications for the introduction and timing of these interventions. Case examples will be provided to demonstrate these clinical techniques.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn to recognize each aspect of the relational matrix and to understand its contribution to and impact on the therapeutic process.
2. Participants will learn the variations in these phenomena for patients organized at the neurotic, narcissistic, borderline and psychotic levels of character structure.
3. Participants will learn a variety of clinical techniques to manage each aspect of the relationship and the significance of these for iatrogenic regression, uncovering, attunement, containment and metabolism.
4. Participants will learn about empirical and theoretical perspectives regarding the role of each relational dimension in determining positive therapeutic outcome, the resolution of dynamic conflict and fixation, and structural mutation and growth.


About the Presenter

Elgan L. Baker received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1976. He is co-founder and President of Meridian Psychological Associates, PC. and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Baker is a Clinical Diplomate (ABPH) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He has also been awarded a diplomate in Forensic Psychology (ABPS) and in Psychoanalysis as a founding fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists. His clinical work has focused on the intensive treatment and psychoanalysis of adults. He has received numerous national and international awards for his clinical and theoretical contributions to psychotherapy, hypnosis, and hypnoanalysis, and lectures regularly on these topics throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Baker has been elected to offices in numerous professional organizations including the Central Indiana Psychological Association, the Indiana Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, He has published more than 100 professional articles, books and book chapters.

Schedule and Format
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The presentation will begin promptly at 7:30 PM with the introduction of the presenter. Light snacks and drinks will be provided, with networking beforehand from 7-7:30. The meeting will end at 9:00 PM.

Fees, Policies and Participants
Fees are included in membership dues for ISPT Members. Guests are welcome free of charge. The fee is $30 if non-members wish to pursue CE credit. It is the policy of ISPT to encourage multidisciplinary learning. This seminar is appropriate for the intermediate level of knowledge in the area of psychoanalysis. Enrollment is intended for psychologists and other mental health practitioners, graduate students and all who are interested in psychoanalysis.

Non-Member CE Credit

Continuing Education
This program is offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. The entire meeting must be attended in order for attendees to receive certificates. Upon completion of an evaluation form, a certificate will be provided. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to APA Ethical Guidelines. Participants are asked to be aware of need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.