The Leading Edge of Creativity

RWTG was the Invited Panel of Section VIII, (Couple and Family Therapy & Psychoanalysis), at the Spring Meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association held in Santa Fe, New Mexico last April 15-21, 2012. The Meeting was titled, “The Leading Edge of Creativity”.

Members of RWTG presented a dramatic reading of the play God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza, followed by an audience discussion. The presentation was titled, “When Diplomacy Fails and Couples Go Ballistic: A Theatrical Case Study”.

The acting ensemble included John Dluhy, Mary Dluhy, Molly Donovan and Barry Wepman. The reading was directed by Bob Schulte. Joyce Lowenstein, current President of Section VIII, was the discussion moderator.

The presentation offered this perspective on the use of theater to illustrate principles of couples and family therapy: “Presenting a theatrical case study has certain advantages. The ‘as if’ of the theater allows us to become emotionally engaged and intellectually curious, but without the burden of an actual therapeutic mandate. The discussion segment… invites the observer to contemplate what it might be like to encounter parents/spouses like those portrayed in the play, in an actual therapeutic situation. We aspire to discover something new with you–about our clinical work, our subjectivities and the cultures we co-create.”

We’re grateful to Section VIII Board of Directors and Joyce Lowenstein for the invitation and a terrific time in Santa Fe!

Robert Schulte