Teletherapy In/Of Crisis: COVID-19 One Year On


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Instructor: Abstract:

Hannah Zeavin, PhD, presents a Virtual Grand Rounds on April 2, 2021.“Teletherapy In/Of Crisis: COVID-19 One Year On" explores what it means and has meant for both patients and clinicians to have mental health care go remote in the context of a global pandemic. What first appeared to be an emergency measure has continued, crisis becoming norm. This presentation traces the longer history of teletherapy as a shadow practice that is as old as psychoanalysis itself and almost always attends crisis. The talk will point to this history in order to help make sense of remote treatment in our present landscape. 

Hannah Zeavin, PhD, is a lecturer in the departments of English and History at UC Berkeley, and is a faculty affiliate of the University of California at Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society. She works as a historian and theorist with particular expertise in the intertwined histories of technology and medicine across the long 20th century. Zeavin's first book, The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy is forthcoming from MIT Press in August 2021. Zeavin has served as a Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association and is currently an editorial associate for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Other work has appeared in American Imago, Logic Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Somatosphere, Slate, and beyond. 

Format: Videocast and Audio Podcast

Continuing Education Credits Authorized: 1

Learning Objectives

Describe the historical background of psychoanalytic tele-therapy, from Freud onwards.
​Delineate the controversies in the field, including privacy and confidentiality.
​Understand the positive outcomes that can be associated with tele-therapeutic treatment.

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