Pre-Conference Continuing Education Events


Excursion to the Whitney Plantation

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:00am - 12:30pm

A guided tour of a museum/plantation with a 262-year history that focuses on slavery via hundreds of first-person slave narratives and memorial artwork and exhibits. This experience, that includes transportation, a guided tour, and lunch, will provide context and personal experience for the Featured Presentation the next day at the conference, and allow participants to discuss how the museum impacts their own worldviews and work with colleagues. (2.5 CEs)   

Relational Freedom:  Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field

Speaker:  Donnell Stern, PhD
Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Neither the therapist nor the patient should be considered alone; all clinical events, including all the thoughts and feelings created, moment to moment, by the two participants, involve them both.  We will discuss the identification, in the form of dissociated enactments, of frozen or calcified parts of the field, and the kind of clinical process that holds the potential to thaw the field and breach the enactments.   These ideas will be illustrated with clinical material, offered by the instructor and perhaps by course participants. (4 CEs)  

Understanding Personality Patterns in Psychotherapy

Speaker(s):  Nancy McWilliams, PhD and Jonathan Shedler, PhD
Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm

This workshop will familiarize participants with psychoanalytic concepts of personality style and personality level of organization, as described in the new Psychoanalytic Diagnostic Manual, 2nd Edition (PDM-2; Guilford, 2017).  We will focus on applying knowledge about personality style and level to practical clinical dilemmas, with emphasis on the challenges posed by borderline and psychotic levels of personality organization.  We will also explore the dynamics of depressive, self-defeating, and narcissistic personalities and strategies for effective treatment. (4 CEs)    

Couples on the Couch:  Narcissistic Relating and the Fate of Curiosity

Speaker(s):  Shelley Nathans, PhD and Milton Shaefer, PhD
Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm

A ubiquitous struggle for couples is the acceptance that one’s intimate partner is a separate person with their own different subjectivity.  Relating from paranoid-schizoid positions, they may rely on defenses such as projective identification to manage and contain anxieties but this can unfortunately promote phantasies of narcissistic merger.  This workshop will describe these couple dynamics and illustrate how the couple therapist’s focus on transference and countertransference phenomena can promote a greater sense of autonomy, increased curiosity about the other, and a feeling of renewed intimacy between the couple. (4 CEs)   

Ghostbusting in Parent-Child Work:  Framed with Mentalization and the PDM-2

Speaker(s):  Larry Rosenberg, PhD and Laurel Silber, PsyD
Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The purpose of this workshop is to describe clinical work aimed at interrupting the intergenerational transmission of traumatic experience on developing children.  The clinical work elaborates on the linking of rich metaphoric communication of play therapy to work with the parents for the purposes of busting up the influence of ghosts. The workshop will then describe the contemporary advances of the PDM-2 for mentalizing the child’s struggles and providing guidance for case formulation and treatment initiatives such as will be illustrated in case examples. (4 CEs)    



Banner Art by Richard Lewis (“And the Jazz Band Played On”) and additional painting by Steering Committee Member Louis Rothschild, PhD (“Ghosts and Guardians”)   


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