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DPS Lecture: Free Association, Surprise, Trauma and Transference

Friday, March 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
1980 Dahlia St
Denver, CO  80220

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The Denver Psychoanalytic Society Presents:

"Free Association, Surprise, Trauma and Transference", featuring Dominique Scarfone, M.D.


I will contend that free-association, far from being outdated, is a most central feature of the method of psychoanalysis as it operates an essential reopening of the process of translation/repression. I will show that free-association sinks its roots in a model of the mind highly congruent with modern neuroscience. Through the notion of surprise, logical and practical connections can be established between free-association, seduction, trauma and transference. A well-conceived concept of free-association is therefore an indispensable tool for the practice of psychoanalysis.

- to get a clear notion of what is meant by “free association” in psychoanalysis;
- to establish a clear link between the method of free association and the modern conception of the mind;
- to formulate a relationship between trauma, transference and free association

Dominique Scarfone, M.D. is a training and supervising psychoanalyst in the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He was, until recently, a full professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal, where he is now honorary professor. He's a former associate editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and has published extensively in numerous national and international journals. He gives lectures and seminars in many countries. He has published a number of books, some of which were translated into various languages. His most recent books in English are Jean Laplanche: An Introduction, and The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious, both published in 2015 in New York, by UIT -The Unconscious in Translation. He will be one of the keynote speakers in the forthcoming Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association, London (UK), 2019.