Tuesday, December 7th, 2004, 8:00 PM

THE DAVID M. LEVY AND WILLIAM GOLDFARB LECTURE IN PSYCHOANALYSIS AND CHILD DEVELOPEMENT

Dr. Silvia Bell

Searching for "The 'Something More' than Interpretation":
From Attachment Research to Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis

While the study of attachment pertained originally to the nature of the infant's tie to the mother, research in this area has expanded to the investigation of the development of psychic structure. The author reviews the contribution of attachment theorists who focus on the quality of maternal responsiveness as the primary moderator of affect regulation, and of the development of mental structures that constitute the representational system. She discusses "mentalization," and the conceptualization of internal representation as a procedural encoding of "ways of being with others." The paper offers a critical perspective on extrapolations from models of development to models of therapeutic action. Attachment theory privileges a view of the therapeutic intervention as a new, corrective emotional experience that effects change through the modification of implicit memory. This view is contrasted with an ego psychological perspective that focuses on the interpretation of dynamic unconscious processes.

Dr. Silvia Bell, our 2004 Levy/Goldfarb Lecturer was trained as a research psychologist and as a child and adult psychoanalyst; she has been involved in attachment research and the clinical practice of psychonalysis during the past thirty-five years.

Previous Levy/Goldfarb Lecturers:
Louis Sander
Mary Ainsworth
Daniel Stern
Jerome Bruner
Bertrand Cramer
Robert Emde
Peter Fonagy
Anne-Marie Sandler