Featuring Dianne Elise, PhD

Saturday, May 6, 2023
10:30 am-3:45 pm (US Eastern/New York Time)
Virtual Zoom Event

4 CEs will be offered


In this presentation, Dr. Dianne Elise will be making use of a Winnicottian formulation of the analytic field to highlight the often unspoken, implicit erotic dimensions of our work. In the morning paper, material will be presented from an analysis with a very inhibited, obsessional man, where both patient and analyst seemed to have trouble “locating” one another within the analytic field. Paradoxically, a felt sense of connection was also palpable, and possibly/impossibly erotic. Movement in the treatment required the development of what Elise came to think of as an “erotic sonar”—a “sounding” in the erotic body of each participant that could indicate the place of a creative connection. In the afternoon, clinical work with a depressed woman is used to illustrate how analytic eroticism is crucial in retaining access to the clinician’s vitality in work with deadened states and deadening dynamics.

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss ways in which analytic field theory aids clinical work with transference/countertransference dynamics.
  2. Describe varying expressions of sexuality that may emerge in the clinical dyad within the intersubjective analytic field.
  3. Assess the extent to which a patient’s access to sexual desire reflects an important indicator of the patient’s vitality.
  4. Apply the concept of eroticism in the maternal matrix to treatment of dynamics of constriction and depression.

Elise, D. (2018). A Winnicottian field theory: Creativity and the erotic dimension of the analytic field. fort da, 24,22-38.
Elise, D. (2017). Moving from within the maternal: The choreography of analytic eroticism. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 65, 33-60.
Elise, D. (2015). Eroticism in the maternal matrix: Infusion through development and the clinical situation. fort da, 21, 17-32.

PLEASE NOTE: Recording in any form of this live streaming event is NOT permitted.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience and offers 4 CEs.

The Conference will take place remotely via Zoom.

About our presenters:

Dianne Elise, PhD is a Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, a Training Analyst of the International Psychoanalytic Association and has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Her over 30 psychoanalytic publications include wide-ranging papers and book chapters on the subjects of gender, sexuality, and erotic transference. Elise’s 2019 book with Routledge, Creativity and the Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field, expands her work in innovative ways and presents her contemporary thinking on erotic life in psychoanalysis. Nationally recognized for her thought-provoking contributions to the psychoanalytic literature on gender and sexuality, she has consistently challenged conventional accounts of development. She has recently developed the concept of analytic eroticism to portray the role of libidinal vitality in clinical treatment. She is in private practice in Oakland, California.


Conference Fees:

$100ICP+P Members
$50ICP+P MITs, Emerging Professionals, Graduate Student Members, Fellows, 1st and 2nd Year Members
$50Unaffiliated Students and Emerging Professionals (those within 5 years of graduate education)
$75International Attendees (Outside US)

For more information, email administrator@icpeast.org. A refund for cancellation is available up to 10 days before the conference. Registration will close on May 4th at 12:00 noon ET.

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San Diego, CA 92192

Continuing education credit: 4 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. As our CE program receives oversight from a licensed social worker, the CE credits we award are highly likely to be recognized by licensing boards in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 4.0 CE credits for attending the CE activity. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

* Dianne Elise, PhD and the planners have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Additionally, the presenters have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during this presentation. This presentation will not contain any references to off-­label (non-­FDA approved) use of products or devices.

CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session. Full Zoom attendance is required in order to receive CE Credit.