Responsibility & Repair in Relationship to the Other
The Counseling Center at Christian Theological Center is honored to welcome Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D., has been a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City for over 35 years and is a Clinical Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Psychology program in Psychotherapy. She is known as a contributor to the development of relational psychoanalysis and its interrelation with feminism as well as the theory of intersubjectivity. She is the author of four books: The Bonds of Love (1988); Like Subjects, Love Objects (1995); Shadow of the Other (1998); and Beyond Doer and Done To-Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third (2017).
Who Should Attend? The lecture and workshops are appropriate for members of the public, including lay people, ministers and Chaplains—as well as therapists and other mental health care providers.
Registration before March 1 (Fri.-Sat. w/Sat. lunch) is $100.00
Registration after March 1 (Fri.-Sat. w/Sat. lunch) is $125.00
Friday, March 16
6:30 pm – 7 pm Registration
Responsibility and Repair in Relationship to the Other
Dr. Benjamin is known for offering a relational psychoanalytic perspective in which recognition of the other plays a crucial role in the development of the self. In this lecture, she presents this view along with a discussion of the psychoanalytic notion of reparation. She will discuss how relational repair can help to free people from the troubling binary of “doer” and “done to” by way of a psychology based on the non-violent position of respect for all suffering.
Saturday, March 17
8:30 pm – 9 am Registration
Continental Breakfast for CTS Alumni
9 am – 11:30 am: Morning Workshop
From Enactment to Play I
In this workshop, Dr. Benjamin will discuss the theory of enactment and its psychotherapeutic use. Enactment,
she will propose, has a bi-directional nature that results in a tension between repetition and repair. Drawing
on the work of Gregory Bateson, Dr. Benjamin will offer a way to think about holding this tension in an
intersubjective or “third” space.
11:30 am – 12 pm: Dr. Benjamin Book Sale and Signing
Beyond Doer and Done To-Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third (2017)
12 pm – 1 pm Lunch
1 pm – 4 pm: Afternoon workshop
From Enactment to Play II
This workshop will be a continuation of the morning session and consider case examples of enactment and
acknowledgment. There will also be time for discussion about Dr. Benjamin’s conception of intersubjective space
and its practical import.