Being And Becoming In The Clinical Setting: An Approach To Ineffable Experience | 6/9/2018


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Leslie Howard, Ph.D..

June 9, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Course will be held in the LAISPS classroom
12011 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA  90049

This Course is Approved for 2 CE/CME’s

Elizabeth E. Berlese, Ph.D.
Extension Program Chair


How do we make room in the clinical setting and in ourselves for the emergence of the new and the unknown?  In this course, Leslie Howard demonstrates a unique method of translating the unconscious reverie of the session with visual images that offer access to emergent themes in the treatment.  This approach takes up formless, unsymbolizable experience embodied in Bion’s notion of Becoming O through a juxtaposition of session notes, post-session collage imagery made by the analyst, and subsequent associations to these images.  

This course will demonstrate Transformations in O, in which unknown, formless, and infinite O (which exerts an influence in the clinical setting without our being able to grasp it directly) moves into the domain of knowledge (K), where coming to know something is acquired through emotional experience.  Class participants will be invited to associate to an image as Leslie describes the process and logic of her work and its application to an analytic case, illustrating its transformative potential in the clinical setting.


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Describe the clinical implications of Bion’s formulation of O and its significance to the practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
  • Identify the treatment implications of Becoming the disowned O of the clinical experience.
  • Discuss the clinical value of Transformations in O in relation to inchoate, ineffable experience, prominent in encounters with unrepresented states.


Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical
edu cation for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS
maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: LAISPS is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to grant continuing education
credit to those holding LCSW and MFT licenses. (Provider #PCE311) This activity is designated for 2 credit hours.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance

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