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The Therapeutic Action of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Current Concepts of Cure 2012

Mar 23, 2012 8:30 am -
Mar 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Event Description

The Therapeutic Action of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:
Current Concepts of Cure

Course Directors: Lawrence E. Lifson, MD and Martha Stark, MD

Friday & Saturday, March 23-24, 2012 | 8:15 am - 5:00 pm both days
at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

This eighth extraordinary two-day conference is being held in celebration of Dr. Larry Lifson’s 30 years of providing continuing education programs to the mental health community and allied professionals. In honor of this special occasion, many of our very finest local and national teachers will be returning to our annual conference in order to offer their innovative and evolving reflections on the integration of theoretical constructs into clinical practice. They will be joined by other prominent leaders in the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy. The perspectives being represented will include attachment, development, Jungian, self psychological and contemporary relational. Our intent will be to widen the scope of applicability of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a broader range of clinical situations. The overriding goal for the convening of these esteemed educators and clinicians will be to deepen understanding of the curative process, with special attention to the contributions of both patient and therapist in the unfolding of the “cure.”

The educational objectives are to:

  1. elucidate the therapeutic action of psychodynamic psychotherapy;
  2. define the contributions of varying theories to therapeutic change;
  3. integrate current theories into clinical practice; and
  4. widen the scope of applicability of psychodynamic concepts to clinical situations

13 CE/CME Credits
Program Code: PP12

Friday, March 23, 2012

Attachment, Development and Clinical Applications

7:30 am   Registration

8:15 am   Welcoming Remarks, Nicholas Covino, PsyD

Special Tribute to Lawrence E. Lifson, MD, Martha Stark, MD and George Fishman, MD

8:30 am   Overview, Dan Buie, MD

8:45 am   Advances in the Neurobiology of Attachment, Carl Salzman, MD

9:30 am   The Tricking Game: The Music and Dance of Therapeutic Action, Alexandra Harrison, MD

10:15 am Coffee Break

10:45 am Play, Talk and Change, James Herzog, MD

11:30 am Panel Discussion–Faculty and Audience

12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)

The Therapeutic Stance: Three Perspectives

1:45 pm   On Narcissistic Rage, Paul Ornstein, MD

2:10 pm   A Self-Psychological Perspective on Personality, Anna Ornstein, MD

2:35 pm   Is Conflict Still at the Center of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?, Anton Kris, MD

3:20 pm   Coffee Break

3:35 pm   What Does the Repetition Compulsion Repeat?, George Fishman, MD

4:20 pm   Panel Discussion–Faculty and Audience

5:00 pm   Adjourn


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Relational and Contemporary Approaches

8:15 am   Welcoming Remarks and Overview, Randall Paulsen, MD (Moderator)

8:30 am   From Unwitting Enactment to Accountability and Empowerment, Martha Stark, MD

9:15 am   What Are We Helping Patients Toward? Reflections on Overall Psychological Health, Nancy McWilliams, PhD

10:00 am Coffee Break

10:30 am The Archetypal Features of the Wounded Healer: A Jungian Perspective, James Hollis, PhD

11:15 am Panel Discussion–Faculty & Audience

12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:45 pm   From Conflict & Multiplicity to Traumatic Dissociation: Understanding the Relational Unconscious, Jody Davies, PhD

2:30 pm   Transformance, Recognition & Small “t” truth: An Ode to Emergent Phenomena with Minds of Their Own, Diana Fosha, PhD

3:15 pm   Coffee Break

3:30 pm   The Therapist’s Involvement with the Other: Recognition and the Tension of Tenderness, Stuart Pizer, PhD

4:15 pm   Panel Discussion–Faculty and Audience

5:00 pm   Adjourn

Reduced tuition for attending BOTH Therapeutic Action of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy conferences:

  1. The Therapeutic Action of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Pre-Conference Institute The "Listening, Listening Poorly and Refusing to Listen" and
  2. The Therapeutic Action of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Current Concepts of Cure

When registering for both conferences we suggest that you write down the appropriate discount code noted in red (below) so that you have it available during the checkout process.

  Doctoral Level Master's Level Fellows, Interns,
Students, Unemployed
& Retired Professionals
Thursday Conference (SA12) $195 $175 $95
Friday & Saturday Conference (PP11) $350 $325 $175
Both Conferences (SA12 & PP11)
$495 (save $50)
$450 (save $50)
$245 (save $25)


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Special Events
Early registration ends on Aug 09, 2011.
Regular registration starts on Aug 10, 2011 and ends on Mar 11, 2012.
Late registration starts on Mar 12, 2012.



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