Date and time: Friday 10 March 2023, 6pm to 7pm
Speaker: Stanley Ruszczynski
Total number of places available: 500
Venue: Online via Zoom
Stanley Ruszczynski will describe his understanding of the psychoanalytic concept of narcissism, including how it is essential to our understanding of, and clinical work with, couples. He will then refer to a few specific ideas about how we might try to understand how couples manage or do not manage the interpersonal dynamics of their relationship.
He will do so by making references to the space within which interactions between two people take place – a space he has previously referred to as “the marital triangle”. This might be a benign place of mutual recognition, within which both connection and separateness may be recognised, and hence a space for psychic development; or, it might be a malignant place, with very fragile or no awareness of the other’s separateness, resulting in psychic stagnation and sado-masochistic dynamics. Awareness of the other’s separateness creates space in the relationship; lack of that awareness, with the other being experienced as primarily an extension of the self, collapses the space.
Stanley will talk for around 40 minutes and after this there will be the opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
Suitable for qualified therapists and counsellors, those in training, and those with an interest in psychoanalytic thinking.
Stanley Ruszczynski is a psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Association) and couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. He was a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist in the Portman Clinic (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London) from 1997 until his retirement in 2021, including holding the post of Clinical Director between 2005 and 2016. The Portman Clinic offers psychotherapeutic treatment to patients disturbed by their criminality, violence or damaging sexual behaviours, and teaching and consultation to colleagues in mental health and criminal justice settings, who work with similar patients and clients.
He was a staff member at (the now) Tavistock Relationships between 1982 and 1997, including holding the posts of Clinical Co-ordinator, Training Co-ordinator and, between 1987 and 1993, Deputy Director.
He teaches nationally and internationally, and since 2013, together with Mary Morgan since 2015, he has been teaching and developing psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy in Warsaw and Poznan, in Poland. In recognition of this work, he and Mary Morgan have been awarded Honorary Membership of the Polish Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, which has now formally established a Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Psychotherapy Section in the Society.
He has authored many book chapters and articles, and has been a contributing editor and co-editor of five books, including Psychotherapy with Couples (Karnac, 1993), Intrusiveness and Intimacy in the Couple (Karnac, 1995, with James Fisher) and Lectures on Violence, Perversion and Delinquency (Karnac, 2007, with David Morgan).
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