Visiting Professor Week: A Day With Claudio Eizirik, M.D.



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A Day With Claudio Eizirik, M.D.

Paper: The Analytic Field: Bastions, Surprise and Movement.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 09:30am - 03:30pm
Presenter: Cláudio Laks Eizirik, M.D.
Discussant: Georgine Marrott, Ph.D.
Clinical Presenter: Jonathan Dunn, Ph.D.
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: $ 150.00  General
$ 140.00  SFCP Analyst Members and Community Members
$ 115.00  SFCP Candidates
$ 65.00  Full time students or interns (copy of current ID required.)
Add $ 10.00 for onsite registration
CME/CE: 5 CME/CE Credits are available for an additional:
$ 60.00  General
$ 50.00  SFCP Members
Registration: Pre-registration for the program will end at 12noon on 11/15/2013.  But you are welcome to register for the program at the door.


Claudio Eizirik has developed several important areas of clinical interest in his writing and thinking.  He has written about countertransference, the classical idea of analytic neutrality, and the analyst's relationship to theory.  He emphasizes the importantce of safeguarding spontaneity and emotional involvement in the pursuit of neutrality, focusing on the evolving relationship with the patient to gain "an increasingly deeper contact and communication with the patient's inner world."  ("On the Therapeutic Action of Psychoanalysis," 2007).  In shaping his theory of clinical work, he draws upon teh concept of the analytic field as developed by the Barangers, as well as the ideas of Klein, Joseph, Ferro, and Faimberg.  He is also interested in the development of the analyst through the life cycle and its impact on the analyst's work with a patient.

Dr. Eizirik keenly observes how the internal culture of psychoanalysis develops with new ideas and changes in analytic thought, as well as the relationship of psychoanalysis with the broader culture.  Discussing the challenges that psychoanalysis faces in his paper, "Psychoanalysis and Culture: Some Contemporary Challenges" (1997) and in his IPA presidential address: "Psychoanalysis in a Changing World" (2007), he advocates for greater interaction with other disciplines and social groups.  He has spoken at the Brazilian Senate on the status of psychoanalysis in Brazil and at the united Nations on prevention of transmitting hate and violence.  In his paper, "Our Brace New World: Reflecting on Psychoanalysis, Violence and Perversity" (2000), he discusses postmodern society and trends of violence and perversity in culture over time.

His wide reading of various poets and novelists adds a richness to his papers, and he feels that the insights of authors such as jorge Luis Borges, Philip Roth and Gabriel Garcia Marquez influence his clinical work.  In writing about becoming a psychoanalyst, he says "...since my childhood I had a strong interest in literatures and the arts.  It always seemed to me — and does today — that psychoanalysis is the field of mental health that better allows us to be closer to human suffering and human subjectivity."  ("Becoming (and Remaining) an Analyst in Latin America," 2005).

Claudio Eizirik lives and practices psychoanalysis in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he is a training and supervising analyst of the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society.  Through his writing, extensives speaking and as president of the International Psychoanalytic Association from 2005 - 2009, he has actively and passionately promoted psychoanalytic ideas from his region to the rest of the psychoanalytic world.  During his tenure, he encouraged dialogue and interchange between North American, European and Latin American psychoanalysts.  He contributed a chapter to the book, "Truth Reality, and the Psychoanalyst: Latin American Contributions to Psychoanalysis." (2005).  He is a firm believer in embracing pluralism, understanding divergent views, and acknowledging controversy and differences, whether theoretical or clinical.

Dr. Eizirik will present his paper, "The Analytic Field: Bastions, Surprise and Movement," in which he explores the concepts of the field and the bastion, and the involvement of the analyst in both.  For Dr. Eizirik, the repetition compulsion of the analyst and rigid adherence to theory contributes to bastions.  However, through understanding of bastions and careful interpretative work with the patient, the analyst also offers the possibility of movement and change.

Georgine Marrott, Ph.D. will discuss the paper.  Dr. Marrott is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member at SFCP, and a Personal and Supervising Analyst at PINC.

Jonathan Dunn, Ph.D. will present the case of an adult in psychoanalysis.  Dr. Dunn is a Training and Supervising Analyst as well as a Faculty Member at SFCP.


Program Schedule
09:00am - 09:30am Registration and Coffee
09:30am - 09:40am Introduction to the Conference
Beth Steinberg, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division
09:40am - 09:50am Introduction of Claudio Eizirik, M.D.
Catherine Mallouh, M.D.
Chair, "A Day with..." SFCP Extension Education Series
09:50am - 10:40am Clinical Paper Presented by Claudio Eizirik, M.D.
"The Analytic Field: Bastions, Surprise and Movement"
10:40am - 10:50am 10 minute break
10:50am - 11:40am Discussion of the paper
Georgine Marrott, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty Member at SFCP
Personal and Supervising Analyst at PINC
11:40am - 12:00noon Discussion with the audience
12:00noon - 01:00pm Catered lunch provided on site
01:00pm - 03:00pm Clinical Presentation of an Adult in Psychoanalysis
Jonathan Dunn, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty Member at SFCP
03:00pm - 03:30pm Discussion with the audience

Clinical material will be presented at this lecture;
No audio or video recordings will be allowed.
No internet postings or discussion will be allowed.


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to

  1. Discuss how the analyst is involved in shaping the therapeutic relationship and a dynamic process between patient and analyst.
  2. Explain the concept and importance of the bi-personal field as described by the Barangers and Eizirik.
  3. Describe the idea of the bastion as an aspect of clinical work and how it is a clinical sign of the repetition compulsion


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Faculty Disclosure: The following moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity: Eric Glassgold, M.D., Laurie Goldsmith, Ph.D. and Catherine Mallouh, M.D.. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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