Post-Conference Workshop

The Suffering Stranger: Attitudes for Clinical Understanding and Responding

Monday the 13th February and Tuesday the 14th February 2012

There is a limit of 30 people for this two day workshop.

This workshop has now reached its maximum number of 30 people. A waiting list is available, please email Geraldine Lakeland,, and she will let you know closer to the time if a place becomes available.

About the Workshop
Attitudes toward clinical work, in the moment of facing the terrified and traumatized patient, often group themselves around two traditions. We may react to the patient with a critical, suspicious, diagnostic attitude that distances us from the other’s humanity, wondering what the other is up to with all these demands, acting out, and pathologies. Or we may, recognizing in the other person another sufferer both like and unlike ourselves, respond by wondering what the other needs in this moment to feel included in humanity, held, and healed. These two attitudes describe a large shift in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in recent years that we can describe in terms of the hermeneutics (theory of interpretation) of suspicion and hermeneutics of trust. In this workshop I briefly turn a philosophical (and clinical) eye toward five major thinkers in psychoanalysis – Sándor Ferenczi, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, D. W. Winnicott, Heinz Kohut, and Bernard Brandchaft – describing the hermeneutic approach of each, engaging these innovative thinkers precisely as interpreters, and as those who have seen the face and heard the voice of the other in the ethical sense.

There will be plenty of time to engage with clinical examples and concerns brought by workshop participants.

This workshop relates to Donna Orange’s latest book ‘The Suffering Stranger’ which could be read before the workshop but is not necessary.

Donna Orange PhD, Psy.D.
Donna is faculty and supervising analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York and training and supervising analyst and faculty at ISIPSe (Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia del Se e Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Roma). She is author of “Emotional Understanding : Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychology” (1995), “Thinking for Clinicians:Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies”(2009), and “The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice”(2011).