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Listening with Purpose: A Progressive, Phenomenological Approach to Psychotherapy

Oct 04, 2013 9:00am -
Oct 04, 2013 4:30pm

Event Description

Listening with Purpose: 

Introducing a Progressive, Phenomenological Approach to the Art and Science of Psychotherapy

The major goal of this program is to reduce the gap between therapeutic theory and clinical practice.  We have done so by using an “experience-near” method to train practitioners in how to listen moment-to-moment as the clinical material unfolds within the treatment hour.  We have a special focus on training clinicians how to track the intersubjective nuances of the present moment through attending to what is both seen as well as hidden from view, what is known and not known at any given moment.  Because of this method, we have found that it is also easier to help clinicians work with the dynamic exchange on a transferential level.  In doing so our methodology teaches clinicians how to anticipate and mitigate potentially negative transferential enactments from disrupting the treatment, thereby enabling the clinician to use transference as a powerful leverage for psychic change.  The utility of our approach lies in the design of a systematic tracking matrix which we have called “The Four Quadrant Model.”  The model helps practitioners ground themselves in intrapsychic, relational, and systemic factors that constitute an integrated picture of the human psyche and human dynamics.  In addition our approach teaches a form of listening through the use of phenomenolgical tracking that illustrates how patient communication can be used as entry points into hidden or split-off material.  One limitation of the content material is that it may run the risk of participants trying to use the model in a formulaic or reductionistic manner.  Although the model is geared to expand the practitioners understanding of greater and greater degrees of psychic complexity, less seasoned trainees may be tempted to concretize the method.  Because of our use of clinical case material to illustrate theory and technique, and because of the interactive nature of our presentation, a second limitation or risk that may occur is that participants may mistake this for supervision or try to substitute the question/answer period of this program for supervisory purposes.  Finally, because our material involves a paradigm shift, a further risk may involve some discomfort on the part of trainees when asked to focus on the phenomenological micro-moment. 

Learning objectives:

·    Describe how the Four Quadrant Model can be used to integrate cognitive, dynamic, and systemic approaches to treatment through a phenomenological tracking process.

·    Define and utilize tools such as moment-to-moment tracking and forecasting in the service of developing deeper listening skills and intervention techniques.

·    Develop increased sensitivity to the patient’s language through entry points into the interpersonal present, thus enabling the practitioner to track psychic splits in the personality. 

·    Explain how shame is pivotal in understanding the defensive over-compensations of individuals suffering from narcissistic injury or traumatic breaches of safety and trust.

·     Learn how to anticipate, reframe, and palpate the transference to help mitigate potential negative transferential enactments.  

Program Code: LP68
6 CE Credits

Patricia Gianotti, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist, clinical supervisor, and a founding member of Woodland Professional Associates, a group private practice in North Hampton, NH.  Dr. Gianotti is a seasoned lecturer and facilitator and has taught at Washington University and the University of New Hampshire.  She has presented at various professional conferences, including Division 39 and SEPI.  She has recently co-authored a book with Jack Danielian entitled Listening with Purpose:  Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability. 

Jack Danielian, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, supervisor, and Dean of the American Institute of Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Center.  He is a training and supervising analyst and on the faculty of the Institute.  Dr. Danielian has lectured internationally and nationally on psychoanalytic issues, intercultural communication, and intergenerational effects of genocide.  He is the author of numerous professional publications and is a contributing author to several books.


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Counseling & Psychotherapy
Early registration ends on Jul 19, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Jul 20, 2013 and ends on Sep 24, 2013.
Late registration starts on Sep 25, 2013.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Phenomenological Approach to the Art/Science of Psychotherapy (LP68)
Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00
Non-Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00

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