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January Scientific Meeting

January 16, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

Saturday, January 16th         4pm–6pm


This meeting is virtual. ZOOM link will be emailed to all registrants the day before the meeting.

See below for important CME/CE certificate details.



Lived Depth: Dimensionality & Thirdness in Psychoanalytic Process

Presenter: Jack Foehl, PhD

Discussant: Lyn Yonack, LCSW

Psychoanalysis has used the metaphor of depth from the very beginning. Freud (1913) noted that one cannot “deny the concept of a psychical dimension of depth…without denying the standpoint of psycho-analysis” (p. 275). Rather than using depth as a “vertical” metaphor referring to the hidden, remote or regressed, I use depth as a “horizontal” metaphor referring to the dimensionality of experience, to the ways in which all experience is structured in a figure-ground relationship. Dimensionality, first introduced by Meltzer and Bick, takes on new meaning when seen as depth, offering an embodied and lived experience of thirdness, where psychopathology is to be understood as various “disorders of thirdness” in the clinical setting. Using clinical examples, I will suggest that psychoanalytic process is a field phenomenon, that rather than treat the patient, our attention is best focused on expanding depth-of-field.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize the difference between depth as a vertical concept from depth as a horizonal concept.
  2. Compare one, two and three-dimensionality as modes of being in psychoanalytic process.
  3. Describe how considerations of dimensionality change the nature of psychoanalytic technique.



CME/CE Details:

In order to receive CME or CE credits participants must attend the full program and complete an evaluation. A link to the evaluation will be presented at the close of the program and also sent via an email reminder within a few days. If you are not a WNEPS member you will be assessed a fee of $10 upon completing the evaluation. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and WNEPS. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

A Certificate of Attendance for WNE Programs can be used to fulfill CE requirements for CT Psychologists



January 16, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Online via Zoom
CT United States
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