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When the Picture Doesn’t Fit the Frame: Exploring the Dynamic Tension Between Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice (A Tale of Two Papers)

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In this PPSC colloquium, we will tackle the issue of the analytic frame and boundaries looked at through the lens of two papers with different theoretical models; one by Valerie Frankfeldt, PhD, LCSW who works from a Modern perspective and the other by Valerie Zika, LCSW who writes from a Relational perspective.  

Both papers explore what can happen when the traditional 'analytic frame' is broken. Through presentation of the clinical material and discussion we will see both the possibility of detriment and benefit to the treatment and how the analyst works within the ‘here and now’ experience as well as how such experience may push against or reinforce theory as we understand it.