Two Bodies in the Room: Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Riccardo Lombardi introduces a method of creative listening and compassionate understanding of the patient’s suffering and our own.

Program Chair

Sheila Hill, MSW and Steve Morris, PhD, Guest Presenter: Riccardo Lombardi

Ricardo LombardiRiccardo Lombardi, MD, is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who practices in Rome, Italy. He teaches at the Roman Psychoanalytic Institute and is a training and supervising analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society. He is the author of many publications and of two books, Formless Infinity: Clinical Exploration of Matte Blanco and Bion and Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis: Development after Bion.

Alienation from one’s own body has become a central complaint of the patients we treat today. Attention must be paid to their anguish and to our own. Increasingly, clinical work, especially with traumatized patients, demands the activation of a dialogue between their body and mind in order to bring our most troubled patients into their own lives.

Using his own body countertransference and the creative entanglement of both patient and therapist bodies, Riccardo Lombardi introduces to the therapeutic endeavor a method of creative listening and compassionate understanding of the patient’s suffering and our own. It is work at the foundations of the human encounter. His way of listening and working opens a door to the exploration and understanding of the sensual levels of the earliest experiences and thence to the relief of early disturbances in our most distressed and difficult to reach patients.

His approach to listening and to technique is useful to both psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. It helps all clinicians to grasp what may be at the heart of therapeutic impasse and breakdown in our most challenging work.

Conference includes lectures, case presentations, large and small group discussions, and a dinner on Saturday night.

Dr. Lombardi's presentations will include:

09 Nov
Body-Mind Dissociation and Child Analysis: Two Clinical Cases
10 Nov
Entering One's Own Life as a Goal of Treatment
11 Nov
The Working Through of Death

Educational Objectives

This conference is designed to help participants:

  1. Describe at least two clinical examples in which the avoidance of addressing a body-mind dissociation can result in a treatment impasse or breakdown. (Riccardo Lombardi’s presentation)
  2. Identify in a clinical vignette an example of a patient establishing a relationship with their body and describe the impact on the therapeutic relationship. (Riccardo Lombardi’s presentation)
  3. Demonstrate in a clinical example the unfolding of a life-death/paralysis in a patient and then the patient’s discovery of body-life functions. (Riccardo Lombardi’s presentation, “Entering One’s Own Life”)
  4. Identify at least two clinical examples of bodily countertransference and the impact of your awareness on your clinical work. (Caroline Sehon’s presentation)
  5. Describe a clinical example of a patient’s denial of limits and death and at least two ways this denial influences the therapeutic relationship. (Joseph Weber’s presentation)

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Full Conference:
Approximately 14 credit hours 

Saturday morning:
2.5 credit hours


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Continuing Education Information

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Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.


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