NPSA Congress – San Juan 2020
The 21st Annual Congress of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society
NEUROPSYCHOANALYSIS: IMPLICATIONS FOR
at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music
(Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico)
951 Avenida Ponce de León
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907-3373
Special keynote speaker
Other speakers to be announced soon
In the early years of neuropsychoanalysis, we were cautious about making direct recommendations for applying neuroscientific findings to everyday clinical technique. We found that our neuroscientific models were largely, and perhaps surprisingly, consonant with psychodynamic models of mental functioning; so, no specific changes seemed to be called for.
As we enter our third decade, however, our understanding has deepened. Some neuropsychoanalytic hypotheses have now emerged that seem to have direct implications for clinical technique with non-neurological patients. Also, many of us have found, upon reflection, ways in which neuropsychoanalysis has implicitly and subtly affected our clinical work. These private revisions remain to be explicitly articulated and explored. In fact, psychotherapy in general abounds with clinical challenges that could be productively illuminated by recent advances in neuropsychoanalysis. In this spirit, this conference creates a space to communicate and evaluate the ways in which neuroscientific research findings are influencing and might further influence our clinical work.