Presentation at the Carl Jung Institute (Switzerland)

Presentation at the Carl Jung Institute, Zurich, February 2022

My first time visiting Switzerland, first time at the Carl Jung Institute, and first time delivering a workshop as long as three hours to clinicians face-to-face, after a long time of pandemic Zoom workshops!

Many thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Brodersen for inviting me, and to the CG Jung Institute administration and IT team for setting up the event!

The workshop consisted of two parts: 1) an exploration of the significance of case studies in clinical practice, and 2) a new form of appraisal through Case Study Evaluation-tool (CaSE), which seeks to strengthen the position of case studies in the evidence-based practice.

Through Freudian, Jungian and other classic psychoanalytic heritage, psychoanalytic case studies became home to mental phenomena that are difficult or impossible to study in a decontextualized manner. Detailed and intricate case narratives allow clinicians to gain an in–depth understanding of specific mental experiences across concrete clinical populations. But psychological experiences and their representation in psychoanalytic, and later, psychotherapy, case studies soon fell under pressing scrutiny. Critics quickly pointed out that it is difficult to generalize from single case studies, and, more importantly, that is difficult to differentiate between observations of clinical reality (what might be called the epistemic psychic reality) and therapist observations (altered by scientific biases and counter/transference processes). The growing demands of evidence-based practice deemed case studies as lacking in evidence, unstandardized, and unappraisable. The second part of the workshop challenged these claims by proposing a new approach to evidence and appraisal through Case Study Evaluation-tool (CaSE). CaSE Checklist and Framework approaches have been demonstrated with a worked example of a published psychoanalytic case study.

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