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.
"Roy Barsness and his co-authors have undertaken the difficult task of presenting a text of Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis to guide younger and more experienced therapists to an integration of theory and practice. The authors outstanding success lies in their skilled address of the challenge in Relational Psychoanalysis to offer an approach that is flexibly attuned to the individuality of each patient/analyst dyad while practiced with a disciplined intent, form, and rhythm. The what and how to do is presented in seven competencies with a coda on love – all becoming enlivened for the reader by clinical narratives. A difficult task well mastered."-Joseph D. Lichtenberg, M.D., Director Emeritus of The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, author of Craft & Spirit, Editor-in-Chief of the Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series.
"While reading this book, I felt like I had entered the mind of the relational analyst. Both the carefully constructed mindset and the overall honoring of the work comes through in every chapter. As a director of the Masters in Counseling program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, I am always looking for texts that convey both the passion and the skill associated with analytic work to be an inspiration to my students. I have found it."-Francesca Giordano, Ph.D., Program Director, Clinical Professor, The Counseling Program, The Family Institute at Northwestern University.
"Originally a reaction against the constricting orthodoxy and authoritarianism of an entrenched psychoanalytic establishment, relational psychoanalysis has evolved into a sophisticated and comprehensive paradigm representing the leading edge of psychoanalytic thought. This masterful volume, with contributions by luminaries of the relational movement, elucidates the core assumptions and competencies of relational psychoanalysis. Simultaneously sweeping in scope and scholarly in detail, it is essential reading for students and experienced clinicians alike."-Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine
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
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.