Thoughts Too Deep for Words: Psychoanalysis, Suggestion and the Language of the Unconscious

Presenter: Robert Caper

In this series of seminars based on Dr. Caper’s recent work, we will consider body language and the musical aspects of speech as means of communicating preverbal emotional states, as vehicles for unconscious projective identification, and as avenues for the practice of suggestion. We will then explore the complex historical and clinical relationship between psychoanalysis and suggestion, and propose that psychoanalysis distinguishes itself from all other forms of psychological treatment by understanding preverbal communication rather than deploying it for “therapeutic” effect. We will go on to consider the use of psychoanalytic intuition and the analyst’s alpha-function to detect this mode of communication, and finally explore the implications of these ideas for the status of psychoanalysis as a science and for the practice of psychoanalysis as a treatment.

This webinar will be recorded.

Participants will benefit from having access to Robert Caper’s book: Bion and Thoughts Too Deep for Words: Psychoanalysis, Suggestion, and the Language of the Unconscious (Amazon link).

Category Details
Time Saturdays at 9:30 – 11:00 am
Dates September 24,  October 15,  November 12,  December 3,  January 7  (2022-23)
Location Online via Zoom
Fee COR Members: $350;  Non-members: $425
CEUs 1.5 for each attended class; 7.5 hours total

Scholarships Are Available

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Robert Caper
Robert CaperMD
Robert Caper, MD, received his medical training at the UCLA School of Medicine and his psychoanalytic training (in Los Angeles) from a group of London Kleinians including Hanna Segal, Betty Joseph, Elizabeth Spillius, James Grotstein, Donald Meltzer and Wilfred Bion. He is a former member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and is the author of number of papers on psychoanalytic theory and technique, as well as four books. John Steiner has described him as “one of a small number of American psychoanalysts who has made original contributions to Kleinian theory.” He currently teaches and practices in New York City.

Course CEU Quizzes and Evaluation

As as a part of Washington State requirements, each student who is wanting to claim class credits toward their license CEUs is required to complete a quiz, with a passing grade of 70%. You can take the quiz as many times as needed. Once the class is completed the final quiz will also have a course evaluation, which is also required, but can be completed anonymously.


Quiz Links

Week 1 – 9/24/22 Quiz 1
Week 2 – 10/15/22 Quiz 2
Week 3 – 11/12/22 Quiz 3
Week 4 – 12/3/22 Quiz 4
Week 5 – 1/7/23 Quiz 5 / Evaluation

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