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2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Friday, March 8, 2024

Clinical Impasse Series – Session Four

Impasse as Enactment: Shaping the Destiny of the Racial Moment 

With Narendra Keval & Zack Eleftheriadou (Chair)

In this five-part series we will explore why, with some clients, the therapy ‘gets stuck’. You can engage in the entire series, there are recordings if you are unable to attend any of the dates. Alternatively you can attend the ones that work for you.

A therapeutic impasse can lead to self-doubt among therapists, as well as concerns that the client may terminate the therapy prematurely. We aim to demonstrate that these challenging moments can offer great insights for both client and therapist, if they can be worked through.

More recently impasses, collisions, and collusions have been acknowledged as inherent and valuable aspects of clinical practice. This means that the experience of getting stuck or encountering a therapeutic impasse can actually help the therapist to understand more about the client's inner world and potentially shed light on how the histories of both the client and therapist are interacting unconsciously. Identifying, naming, and making sense of these clinical impasses can serve as a way forwards

Our speakers will cover themes including the recognising unconscious dynamics between therapist and patient which maintain a stasis in the therapy, the impact of intergenerational transmissions on progress, the phenomenon of "othering" within the context of relational psychoanalysis and racialized enactments, and the delicate art of being affected by the therapeutic process without becoming overwhelmed by it.

The primary objective for this series is to support therapists' capacity to navigate and work through these challenging phases. By participating in this series, therapists can gain the confidence and skills necessary to effectively address moments when they and their clients find themselves in the challenging position of feeling "stuck."


14.30 (UK) Narendra Keval - Impasse as Enactment: Shaping the Destiny of the Racial Moment

Whilst it is in the nature of our clinical work that we will experience moments of impasse, these difficulties can become challenging to think about when they take the shape of a racialised moment. The different kinds of emotional predicaments and pressures they create makes it particularly difficult to listen with curiosity to some of the relational dangers associated with racial difference conveyed by the patient. Such moments can however become the place where the most crucial work can happen if it is possible to remain receptive enough to be emotionally affected but not infected to continue thinking, potentially shaping the destiny of the moment. 

15.10 Discussion with Zack Eleftheriadou

Zack will discuss the presentation with the speaker and draw out some themes for exploration inspiring the group discussion.

15.30 Q&A with participants
16.00 End