Perspectives on interpretation: A one day conference
The art of interpretation is considered a cornerstone of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and counselling. By means of ‘the interpretation’ the therapist will observe and comment on actions and motivations just outside the awareness of their client.
In the best version of this approach the therapist will make gentle suggestions that can offer a new angle on the issue at hand that somehow feels right-enough or certainly-possible to their client, and in this way the therapist can assist their client to increase their level of self-insight and knowledge. Less helpful versions of this mode of intervention certainly exist, and can be experienced as clumsy, uncaring, and critical by clients.
This one day conference with three leading thinkers in the field of psychoanalytic thought will question the nature and value of ‘the interpretation’. The day will question the psychoanalytic focus on ‘the interpretation’ and ask what other interventions might be equally valid. We will also look at the meaning of interpretation within the context of the therapeutic relationship, and will ask questions such as ‘Who benefits?’.
Session one: Dr Maggie Turp The chilli in the curry? Finding a balance between transference interpretation and narrative repair in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Session two: Dr Aaron Balick Using the Relationship in Therapy: What makes a relationship with “me” so special?
Session three: Patrick Casement Why do we interpret?
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.brightontherapypartnership.org.uk/events/perspectives-on-interpretation/
About the host
Dr Maggie Turp is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and a chartered psychologist. Aaron Balick is a psychotherapist, supervisor, and cultural theorist. Patrick Casement is a retired analytic psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and training analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society.