TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
There will be a light collation at 7:00 p.m..

DO WORDS STILL MATTER? 
FURTHER COMMENTS ON THE INTERPRETIVE PROCESS AND THE THEORY OF CHANGE

presenter: Anna Ornstein,  M.D.
discussant: Lew Aron, Ph.D.

The presentation is a further elaboration of the interpretive process, a subject about which Anna and Paul Ornstein have written several papers over the years.   This paper highlights the dialogic nature (the therapeutic dialogue) of the interpretive process.  It is a mode of therapeutic conversation that creates a sense of safety in the analytic dyad as well as intrapsychically.   Therapeutic change -- the working through process of deeply unconscious defense organizations -- is signaled by a shift from a compulsion to repeat habitual behavior patterns to dreading such repetition.  

Educational objectives:
1) Participants will be able to describe the essential features of a therapeutic dialogue,
2) Participants will enhance their recognition of  the patient’s shift from a compulsion to repeat habitual behavior patterns to dreading such repetitions in the course of analysis.