Screen Relations: From Wishful Thinking to Research-Informed Decisions

Date / Time

This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


Course Overview: 

This course offers an in-depth empirical perspective on technology-mediated therapy. It is designed to help clinicians work more effectively with clients using technology, as well as to better understand the limitations of technology-mediated therapy, the nature of Presence, and the significance of embodied relating. The gains and losses of technologi­cally mediated treatment will be assessed via clinical experience and current research, including in fields outside of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, such as computer/human interaction and neuroscience. Sociopolitical factors will also be considered.

Course Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess the gains and losses of technologically-mediated treatment based on research in fields outside of psychoanalytic psychotherapy such as computer/human interaction and neuroscience.    
  • Define the technical concept of Presence as used by researchers in computer-mediated communication.
  • Apply the concept of Presence to psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic effectiveness.  
  • Identify both benefits and shortcomings associated with introducing technology into clinical work.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. Russell, G. (2015). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. London: Karnac Books.
  2. Kruse, C.S., et al. (2018). Evaluating barriers to adopting telemedicine worldwide: A systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare24, 4-12.
  3. Scharff, J.S. (Ed.) (2013). Psychoanalysis Online: Mental Health, Teletherapy and Training. Karnac Books, London
  4. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Vol 14 Issue 2 2017 Special Technology issue, including:
    1. Turkle, S. Essig, T. Russell, G.I. (2017). Afterword: Reclaiming Psychoanalysis: Sherry Turkle in Conversation With the Editors. Psychoanal. Perspect., 14(2):237-248.
    2. Brahnam, S. (2017). Comparison of In-Person and Screen-Based Analysis Using Communication Models: A First Step Toward the Psychoanalysis of Telecommunications and Its Noise. Psychoanal. Perspect., 14(2):138-158
    3. Turkle, S. (2016). Reclaiming conversation: The power of talk in a digital age. Penguin.
    4. Turkle, S. (2011). Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York, Basic Books.

Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D., NCPsyA, a UK-trained psychoanalyst, is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytical Association, and the British Psychoanalytic Council. Her book, Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, was published by Karnac Books in 2015. Dr. Russell writes, speaks, and teaches internationally on technology and its impact on intimate human relationships, particularly in psychoanalytic treatment. She currently practices in Boulder, Colorado.

Amber Trotter, Psy.D., completed her training at the CIIS and Access Institute. She thinks and writes about technology and psychoanalysis, including Living Dreams or Dreaming Nightmares published this fall in fort da. The author of the forthcoming Psychoanalysis’s Edge: An Inquiry into Psychoanalysis as a Subversive Phenomenon (Lexington Books) and founding editor at Damage Magazine, she is in private practice in San Francisco.

Target Audience & Level: 

This intermediate course is for clinicians with moderate to extensive experience in clinical work with some background in the principles of psychoanalytic approaches.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Justine Leichtling at or 415-307-2151.   

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Program Committee

Jeremy Mintz, Psy.D., Chair
Danni Biondini, MA
Geetali Chitre
Justine Leichtling, Psy.D.

Continuing Education

3.0 CE
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Price: $100.00