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Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis

A Guide to Practice, Study and Research

Edited by Roy E. Barsness

© 2018 – Routledge

344 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis provides a concise and clearly presented handbook for those who wish to study, practice and teach the core competencies of relational psychoanalysis, offering primary skills in a straightforward and useable format.

Roy E. Barsness offers his own research on technique and grounds these methods with superb contributions from several master clinicians, expanding the seven primary competencies: therapeutic intent, therapeutic stance/attitude, analytic listening/attunement; working within the relational dynamic, the use of patterning and linking; the importance of working through the inevitable enactments and ruptures inherent in the work; and the use of courageous speech through disciplined spontaneity. 

In addition, this book presents a history of relational psychoanalysis, offers a study on the efficacy of relational psychoanalysis, proposes a new relational ethic and attends to the the importance of self-care in working within the intensity of such a model. A critique of the model is offered, issues of race and culture and gender and sexuality are addressed, as well as current research on neurobiology and its impact in the development of the model. The reader will find the writings easy to understand and accessible, and immediately applicable within the therapeutic setting. The practical emphasis of this text will also offer non-analytic clinicians a window into the mind of the analyst, while increasing the settings and populations in which this model can be applied and facilitate integration with other therapeutic orientations.

Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis is inspired by Barsness’ students; he was motivated to create a primary text that could assist them in understanding the often complex and abstract models of relational psychoanalysis. Relevant for graduate students and novice therapists as well as experienced clinicians, supervisors and professors, this textbook offers a foundational curriculum for the study of relational psychoanalysis, presents analytic technique with as clear a frame and purpose as evidenced based models, and serves as a gateway into further study in relational psychoanalyses.

Table of Contents

PART I: CURRENT RESEARCH AND HISTORY OF RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS

Chapter 1: CORE COMPETENCIES: A QUALITATIVE STUDY Roy Barsness

Chapter 2: THE CASE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS: EXPLORING THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE John Thor Cornelius

Chapter 3: THE RELATIONAL TRADITION: LANDSCAPE AND CANON Adrienne Harris

PART II: CORE COMPETENCIES

Chapter 4: COMPETENCY ONE: THERAPEUTIC INTENT Steven Tublin

Chapter 5: COMPETENCY TWO: THERAPEUTIC STANCE/ATTITUDE Nancy McWilliams

Chapter 6: COMPETENCY THREE: DEEP LISTENING/AFFECTIVE ATTUNEMENT Stuart Pizer

Chapter 7: COMPETENCY FOUR: RELATIONAL DYNAMIC: THE THERE AND THEN AND THE HERE AND NOW Lewis Aron

Chapter 8: COMPETENCY FIVE: PATTERNING AND LINKING Steven Knoblauch

Chapter 9: COMPETENCY SIX: REPETITION AND WORKING THROUGH Karen Maroda

Chapter 10: COMPETENCY SEVEN: COURAGEOUS SPEECH/DISPLINED SPONTANEITY Roy Barsness & Brad Strawn

Chapter 11: CORE COMPETENCY: LOVE Daniel Shaw

PART III: NEW FRONTIERS

Chapter 12: RELATIONAL ETHICS Roy Barsness & Brad Strawn

Chapter 13: THE BRAIN AND PSYCHOANALYSIS Allan Schore

Chapter 14: SEXUALITY AND GENDER Karol Marshall & Roy Barsness

Chapter 15: CULTURE CONSIDERATIONS Pratyusha Tummala-Narra

Chapter 16: SELF CARE Roy Barsness & Anita Sorenson

PART IV: A CRITIQUE

Chapter 17: CRITIQUE OF RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS Jon Mills with a postscript by Steven Kuchuck

About the Editor

Roy E. Barsness is a Professor at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology and the Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Group, Seattle. He was formally the Clinical Director at Seattle Pacific University and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington-School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He has been in independent practice for over twenty-five years.

About the Series

Relational Perspectives Book Series

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis