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14th GEI Annual Conference, with Donna Orange

Being My Other's Keeper: Resources for the Clinician

a conference by Donna Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D. *

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   The presentation will be given in English, with simultaneous English interpretation for the audience questions in French during the question and answer period.

Date : Saturday, September the 23rd, 2017
Time: From 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., lunch included at the hotel buffet restaurant

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., continental breakfast included (juice, fruits, coffee and pastries)

Venue: Le Nouvel Hôtel, room Maisonneuve-Dorchester, 1740, René-Lévesque Blvd. West 
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At 5 minutes from Guy-Concordia metro station, exit Saint-Mathieu/de Maisonneuve Saint-Mathieu St. 
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Parking in the vicinity, or hotel indoor parking at 11$ (taxes included), entrance on Saint-Mathieu St.  Logo Google Map

Registration: See the Online registration section below

N.B. Lunch reservations will be possible only for registrations completed by Tuesday, September 19th

The conference

There seems to be a significant convergence between dialogic attitudes and radical ethical philosophical trends emerging in recent psychoanalysis. This ethical turn puts the Other first, the self turned toward the Other, making each of us my Other’s keeper. Our guest speaker, Dr. Donna Orange, has also been evolving through her intersubjectivist perspective on psychotherapy towards a dialogic hermeneutics inspired by Gadamer (1900-2002) and a radical levinasian ethics (Levinas, 1906-1995). Drawing on her intimate knowledge of both psychoanalysis and philosophy, through her teaching, she is conveying to psychotherapists and humanitarian workers this message of “infinite responsibility” (Levinas) towards the suffering Other. Recognizing the gap between this responsibility and our all-too-finite human capacities, Dr. Orange draws on psychoanalytic and philosophical resources in offering a way to ground our courage and support us in this kind of work.

Dr. Orange will first describe the differences between a hermeneutics of suspicion and a hermeneutics of trust (Ricoeur, 1965) and their consequences in the clinical dialogue, along with the ethics of response and responsibility to the “suffering stranger” (Levinas, 1982). Demonstrating the demanding clinical work related to this ethical turn in psychoanalysis that psychotherapists often undertake with fragile, devastated or traumatized people, she will then attempt some responses to the following questions: What forms of responsibility rest upon us all, and how do we keep responding? What personal, spiritual, and communal resources nourish us as we try to keep responding and living humanly? How can anyone live with an ethic that never allows us to say that we have done enough? Given our vulnerabilities, our human exposure to life’s vicissitudes and constraints, given our personal and human limitations, and the isolating character of much therapeutic work, how do we go on healing and restoring dignity to Others?

Dr. Orange invites the practicing clinician, as a practicing philosopher in the ancient sense, to internalize the crucial resources needed to nourish and sustain the kind of practice that clinical work in the best of psychoanalytic relational tradition, including the ethical turn, requires. Within acute social/political inequality and climate justice crisis, we need Dr. Orange’s prophetic voice to sustain us in our hope in humanity.

* The speaker
Dre Donna Orange, Ph. D., Psy. D., is a psychologist, psychoanalyst and philosopher living in California. She is Adjunct Professor and Supervisor at the New York University Post-Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty, training and supervising analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in New York, and at the Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Sé e Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Rome, Italy. She has authored six books and co-authored two others with Robert Stolorow and George Atwood. She has received many awards for her unique contribution to the field of psychoanalysis through the application of her philosophical knowledge and thinking.

Partial bibliography
  • Orange, D.M. (1995). Emotional Understanding: Studies in Psychoanalytic Epistemology. New York: Guilford.
  • Orange, D.M., Atwood, G.E. & Stolorow, R.D. (1997). Working Intersubjectively: Contextualism in Psychoanalytic Practice. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.
  • Stolorow, R.D., Atwood, G.E. & Orange, D.M. (2002). Worlds of Experience: Interweaving Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Considerations. New York: Basic Books.
  • Orange, D.M. (2010). Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies. New York: Routledge.
  • Orange, D.M. (2012). The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice. New York: Routledge.
  • Orange, D.M. (2016). Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge.
  • Orange, D.M. (2017). Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics. New York: Routledge.

Learning objectives
    At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe the experience and the meanings of psychological trauma and its impact on the therapist and the intersubjective field.
  2. Situate the ethics of personal responsibility in the context of the therapeutic relationship with the traumatized Other.
  3. Differentiate between the ethics of responsibility of the therapist and self-denial or compliance.
  4. Identify the communitarian, spiritual and personal resources which can sustain the therapist in this ethical responsibility.


20 minutes a.m. and p.m. breaks, snacks included (cookies and beverages)

08:00 Registration, and continental breakfast
09:00 Introduction of speaker
09:15 Donna Orange: The Suffering Stranger: Attitudes for Everyday Clinical Understanding and Responding
Discussion with audience
12:00 Lunch at the hotel buffet restaurant
13:30 Donna Orange: My Other's Keeper: Resources for the Humanitarian Workers
Discussion with audience
16:30 End

At the Vendredis intersubjectifs (evenings of text study at the GEI) of this year, three of Donna Orange's papers have been studied in preparation for her conference (n.b. it is not required to read the papers to fully benefit from the conference). They are available at a cost of 5$ (for copyright fees) in their original English version and their French transalation at this page: Trois articles de Donna Orange (the page is in French).

If you were a participant to the three Vendredis intersubjectifs Donna Orange : You have access to these papers by clicking on the My files link, in the User menu, located in the right margin of the site (it is necessary to log into your user account to access this link).

Clinical workshop

You are also invited to attend a clinical workshop (limited to 20 participants) with Donna Orange to be held the following day, on Sunday, September 24th, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Jean Leahey will present a clinical case, and after an exchange between him and our invited speaker, the discussion will be open to the group. To register, please go to the Atelier clinique page (in French).

Organizing committee

Marie Noël, psychologist, treasurer
Sylvie Ledoux, psychologist, administrator
Annette Richard, psychologist, GEI president

Downloadable leaflet

GEI 14th Annual Conference leaflet.

Online registration

With online or mailed payment
(click on the Add to cart button below)

Registration fees

The registration fees include lunch at the hotel buffet restaurant.

Please note! : Lunch reservations will be possible only for registrations completed by Tuesday, September 19th. Participants registering after this date will be able to dine at their own expense at the hotel's restaurant (buffet, at 25$ plus taxes and service, or à la carte) or plan for their lunch (Ste-Catherine street is a 5 minutes walk).

By Saturday, September 9th After Saturday, September 9th
Members 1 225$ 240$
Non-members 250$ 265$
Students 2 165$ 180$

1 To become a member of the GEI, please go to the Membership application page.
2 A proof of full time university student status will be required at the registration table.

Refund policy

Registration cancellations in writing, up to Saturday one week before the conference, will be refunded less a 25$ administration charge. Please address your request to the GEI treasurer. We regret that no refunds can be allowed after that date.

For more information on the general registration modalities, please refer to the Modalités d'inscription aux activités du GEI.

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CEU certificate

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Free WiFi internet access at the Nouvel hôtel

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