We are pleased to present our department’s new channel on Vimeo. Here, with participant consent, we will publicly share videos of some department lectures and projects.
Our first post is of Dr. Sandra Buechler’s recent community lecture, “Poetry that Inspires Treatment.” In this presentation, Dr. Buechler discussed poems that have helped her work with patients and have inspired her to think about basic human dilemmas in new ways. She explains that certain poems can instill in her, as well as in patients, feelings of purpose, hope and encouragement. As an example, a passage from T. S. Eliot’s poem “East Coker” inspires her to reflect on openness to new experiences. For instance, is it possible to gain wisdom from past experiences and begin to approach things differently, or do people just re-apply old patterns to new situations? See Dr. Buechler’s entire lecture, as well as more information about her experience and publications, below. And check back in occasionally to our Vimeo channel for new videos.
Sandra Buechler, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. She also supervises at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. A member of the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, she is the author of Clinical Values: Emotions that Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment (Analytic Press, 2004), and has written papers on the analyst’s experiences of loneliness, loss, joy, and other aspects of the clinician’s feelings. She also authored Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives (Routledge, 2008), and an upcoming book, Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career (Routledge, April 2012).
Thanks go out to our videographer and alumnus, Sheila Fontanive.