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Susan Sands - Seminar

Location : Participation available via Zoom Teleconferencing
Date: Saturday 20 November 2021, 09:00am - 11:00am
Contact : info@iarppaustralia.com.au

Please Note: To preserve and respect both intellectual property rights and confidentiality, the seminar will not be recorded, nor is recording permitted.

Susan Sand Seminar 2021

Susan Sands - Seminar

Body Experience in the Ageing Patient

Seminar Description:

In older age, the physical body asserts itself dramatically, demanding attention, provoking alarm and disorienting our sense of ourselves. Psychoanalysis, however, has yet to probe the experience of living in an aging body. Analytic writings on aging rarely mention the body, while those on the body-in-treatment scarcely address aging. I argue that we must focus more intently on bodily self-awareness in our work with older patients–– the patient’s, the analyst’s and ours together.

Because the new science of interoception and embodied cognition shows conclusively that our bodily, “lived” experience is the foundation of our self-awareness, emotional life and sense of well-being, we must engage with our patients in ways that promote embodied self-awareness, which can be “revised” into older age. The older patient’s body-self development is taken up where it was earlier derailed. I explore three bodily themes in the analysis of the older patient: (1) confronting and mourning bodily loss, (2) building body awareness, and (3) facing mortality. As we age, certain brain changes allow us to become less reactive and more positive, which opens up a transformational new capacity for embodiment, an unrecognized benefit of aging that can mobilize other psychological capacities, as I illustrate in the case of Judith.

About the Speaker:

Susan Sands PhD is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) and clinical faculty of the Psychology Department at UC-Berkeley. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Inside Story: The Surprising Pleasures of Living in an Aging Body (In Press). Dr. Sands has published and presented widely on the subjects of eating disorders, aging, female development, dissociation and unconscious communication. She is in private practice in Berkeley, California.

Participation available via Zoom Teleconferencing 

IARPP Australia members  $70 AUD
Non-members $85 AUD
Students $60 AUD 

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