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Spring Symposium 2022

April 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

$25.00 – $100.00

Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field


Donnel Stern, PhD

On Coming into Possession of Oneself:  Witnessing and the Formulation of Experience

Loren Sobel, MD

Clinical Case Presentation with Discussion by Donnel Stern, PhD


Online via Zoom–register now, link will be sent the day before the event via email


Wangechi Mutu, Funkalicious fruit field, 2007

In this talk, Donnel Stern, Ph.D. will use clinical theory and illustration to explore details of the formulation of experience, which depends upon the metamorphosis of experience from not-me to feels-like-me. He takes the position that the movement from not-me to feels-like-me, with the accompanying possibilities for formulating new meaning that open at such moments, happens when we not only know or feel something, but also, and simultaneously, sense ourselves in the midst of this process–that is, when we know and feel that it is we who are doing the knowing and feeling. When these two events co-occur, which depends upon what he refers to as witnessing, we come into possession of ourselves.  Witnessing of one person by another is a process of recognition and affirmation that, for fortunate children, begins with parents in childhood and, later on, in psychoanalytic treatment, is crucial in therapeutic action.

Dr. Loren Sobel will offer a detailed clinical account of a analytic treatment with emphasis on elements informed by a relational/interpersonal perspective.  The material will be discussed by Dr. Donnel Stern and subsequently opened to the group for comments and questions.

Learning objectives:

• Workshop participants will be able to describe the ways in which the concepts of unformulated experience, dissociation, and enactment differ from one another and how they are used in clinical practice.

• Workshop participants will be able to describe the nature of the formulation of experience in clinical practice and the roles of witnessing and “coming into possession of oneself” in this process.

About the Speakers

Donnel Stern Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City; Clinical Consultant and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; and Faculty, New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He is Founder and Editor of a book series at Routledge, “Psychoanalysis in a New Key,” and the former Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has co-edited many books and authored four, most recently The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal. His forthcoming book is Cultivating the Field: Relatedness as the Crucible of Mind. He serves on numerous journal editorial boards and is in private practice in New York City.

Dr. Loren Sobel earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh where he served as Chief Resident for Psychotherapy Training. He is an originating faculty member at the Western Pennsylvania Community for Psychoanalytic Therapies where he teaches psychoanalytic theory and technique, faculty-by-invitation at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, volunteer clinical faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Sobel serves on the board for the Clinic Without Walls, a low-fee clinic that provides psychodynamic psychotherapy to the community for those who are uninsured or underinsured. He provides ongoing supervision and consultation to psychiatry residents and psychotherapists in the community.

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 sent via an email reminder within a few days of the program.

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 Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. 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 3 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

This program is being reviewed for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.



April 9, 2022
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
$25.00 – $100.00


Online via Zoom
CT United States


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