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The Musical Flow of Tensions in Clinical Interaction – A Different Kind of Attention

Lecture and Workshop with Prof. Dr. Steven Knoblauch

Interested in the musical dimensions of therapeutic talk? International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) and Freiburg Institut for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) want to invite you to listen and talk to an inspiring musician and clinician, Prof. Dr. Steven Knoblauch.

Steven Knoblauch is clinical assistant professor of psychology at New York Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a fully trained psychoanalyst. He pursued another career as a jazz saxophonist and studies Brasilian percussive traditions to integrate these experiences in teaching and practice.

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

8pm - 10pm
The Tensions Between Structure and Fluidity: Attending to the Rhythm and Tonality of Human Interaction This lecture offers an elaboration of clinical attention using musical metaphors to highlight the continual interplay between explicit articulations and levels of embodied experience not yet given formal expression, but already carrying emotional significance. These levels of embodied experience can be felt and at times described in terms of rhythm and tonal patterning. I will use at least one, if not several, clinical illustrations to emphasize the perspective I am offering.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

9am - 1pm
This workshop will consist of a series of exercises to help participants develop their attention to their own embodied rhythms and tonal patterning as well as the rhythms and tonal patterning of others with whom they interact. I will use these exercises as the experiential basis for recognizing dimensions of structure and fluidity in interactional dynamics and how these levels of experience can co-constitute each other. Furthermore I will emphasize the ways that affective experience is shaped and shifted on these different levels of experience often outside of intention and attention. How we might begin to navigate these experiences to bring them into attention and intention will be addressed.

The meeting is organized by Prof. Dr. Michael B. Buchholz, IPU (Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Stefan Pfänder, FRIAS (Freiburg) and takes place at FRIAS (Freiburg Institut for Advanced Studies, Albertstraße 19, 79104 Freiburg (Germany)).

Registration for the Workshop is possible until Saturday, November 4th, 2017, 8:30 am.