Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Somatic Communication in the
Analytic Dialogue

Presented by Steven Knoblauch, PhD &
William Cornell, MA, TSTA (P)
Saturday, November 6, 2021
9:30AM – 4:00PM Central Time
(includes two 15-min. breaks & 1-hr. lunch)


Live via Zoom
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
Active Members: $125
Friend Members: $150
Student Members: $60
Non-members: $175

This intermediate level seminar will open with a conversation between Steven Knoblauch and Bill Cornell addressing how each came to incorporate systematic attention to embodied experience in their clinical work. They will then discuss and illustrate how the therapist’s comfort and access to their own bodily experience can begin to create an experiential bridge to the more troubled and wordless areas of a patient’s experience. Discussions and exercises will be used to build a foundation for language and meaning addressing/describing previously disavowed or dissociated realms of affect and bodily experience.  

  1. Identify at least 3 kinds of somatic registration signaling emotional activity in either or both the embodied experience of a patient or clinician.
  2. Describe how attention to embodied experience suggests critical emotional state formation or state shift activity in patients prior to, or in accompaniment of, worded description.
  3. Distinguish concepts and processes categorizing structure from concepts and processes categorizing fluidity.
  4. Describe at least 2 clinical moments in which attention to embodied experience in either or both the patient or the clinician catalyzed worded description of previously unformulated experience.
  5. Compare the similarities and differences between the contributions of Cornell, Knoblauch, and Sletvold.

Steven H. Knoblauch, Ph.D. is Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University. He has also taught and supervised at other institutes around the world. He is author of The Musical Edge of Therapeutic Dialogue (2000), co-author with Beebe, Rustin and Sorter of Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment, (2005), and author of Bodies and Social Rhythms: Navigating Clinical Vulnerability and Emotional Fluidity. (2021). He serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. His recent teaching and training has been focused on the interaction between unconscious processes, embodied rhythms, and social experience. Dr. Knoblauch continues to use his experiences as a saxophone player and his studies of Brazilian percussion to inform his work as a clinician and educator.
William Cornell, M.A., TSTA (P), maintains an independent private practice of psychotherapy and consultation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Having studied behavioral psychology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and phenomenological psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, he followed his graduate program with training in transactional analysis and body-centered psychotherapy and has studied with several mentors and consultants within diverse psychoanalytic perspectives. Bill is the author of Explorations in Transactional Analysis: The Meech Lake Papers; Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: In the expressive language of the living (Routledge); Self-Examination in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: Countertransference and Subjectivity in Clinical Practice (Routledge); At the Interface of Transactional Analysis, Psychoanalysis, and Body Psychotherapy: Theoretical and clinical perspectives (Routledge); Une Vie Pour Etre Soi (Payot), and a co-author and editor Into TA: A comprehensive textbook (Karnac), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Bill edited and introduced The Healer’s Bent: Solitude and Dialogue in the Clinical Encounter, by James T. McLaughlin, Intimacy and Separateness in Psychoanalysis, by Warren Poland, and Emotional Communication and Therapeutic Change by Wilma Bucci. A co-editor of the Transactional Analysis Journal for 15 years, he is now the Editor of the Routledge book series, “Innovations in Transactional Analysis.” Bill is a recipient of the Eric Berne Memorial Award and the European Association for Transactional Analysis Gold Medal, in recognition of his writing. 

Cornell, W. F. (2016), The analyst’s body at work: Utilizing touch and sensory experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapies. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 2016, Vol. 13, #2, pp. 168-185  

Knoblauch. S. (2017), The fluidity of emotions and clinical vulnerability: A field of rhythmic
tensions. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 14: 283-308.

Seth, A.K. & Tsakins, M. (2018). Being a beast machine: The somatic basis of selfhood. Trends in Cognitive Science, Vol. 22, #11, 969-981.
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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, as a co-sponsor of Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Houston Psychoanalytic Society, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

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