It’s a wondrous new world! Technology gives us unparalleled abilities to learn and to connect. How marvelous it is to be able to interact with someone in real time on another continent. Technology adds a level of efficiency and convenience that makes life so much easier, both in and outside of therapy.
However, when is a request to plug a phone charger in our outlet based in “reality”? When is it a disguised sexual request? How do we feel about being digitally available to patients when they have a brief piece of news to report? What happens when it’s not so brief? Perhaps patients can express things that need to be said that cannot safely be said in person because it would make them feel too vulnerable. Perhaps they can express rage without fear of immediate in-person reprisal. Might that be good for the treatment? Or is it a shortcut that interferes with the crucial work of analyzing resistance? How about a bombshell that comes through in a text? What is the effect on the therapist? How do we view these contacts psychoanalytically? And how do we deal with them in the room?
This workshop will provide a forum to grapple with the myriad dilemmas posed by our patients' as well as our own technological devices as they impact the treatment situation. Participants are invited to bring in struggles with incorporating (or resisting) the use of technology in treatment.
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