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Saturday Morning Seminar: A Close Reading of Arnold Modell's "The Therapeutic Relationship as a Paradoxical Experience"

  • 13 Apr 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center - Morrison Education and Conference Center


Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society sponsors a

Saturday Morning Seminar

Please join us for

A Close Reading
of Arnold Modell’s article,

“The Therapeutic Relationship
as a Paradoxical Experience” (1991),

and a discussion of the important ideas it contains
and how they apply to treatment.

April 13, 2019

9:00am - 12:15pm

University of Tennessee Medical Center

Morrison Education and Conference Center

1924 Alcoa Highway

Knoxville, TN 37920

Program Description

In this program, facilitators and presenters will discuss Modell’s important and creative ways of thinking about what goes on between therapist and patient, and how this plays out in the transference and the countertransference in both fantasy and reality, and the human capacity to tolerate different degrees of contradiction and paradox.

Arnold Modell has been a theoretician and psychoanalyst since the 1950’s. He has published five books and an estimated 80 articles. Although trained traditionally, he has always been interested in developing a richer and more nuanced understanding of the object relationships involved in a psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. Modell became especially interested in Winnicott’s notion of the holding environment and struck up a correspondence with him that lasted for the rest of DWW’s life.

Please join us for a close reading and discussion of this very stimulating paper. 

Please dont be put off by the idea of a close reading.

NO ONE HAS TO READ aloud if they prefer not to do so.

Please click here to download Modell's paper. 

Please print a copy and bring it with you to the seminar.  


Joyce Cartor, PhD, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1987. She was a founding member of APS and has served as President, Treasurer and Member-at-Large. She is currently serving on the board as President. She has a clinical practice in Knoxville and is an adjunct faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College.

Jamie Kyne, PhD, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology and an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He and his wife moved to Nashville in 1993 where he has been in private practice seeing patients in individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy, providing individual and group supervision to therapists, and psychologically oriented consultation to organizations. He has served on the Boards of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute and the Nashville Rowing Club. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two children currently in college.


8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:50am Welcome and Introduction

9:00am Close reading of Modell’s Paper

10:30am Break

10:45am Discussion of Modell’s Paper

12:15pm Complete Evaluations and Adjourn

Learning Objectives
After attending this intermediate-level seminar in full, participants will be able to:

1. Identify and apply at least two important principles of technique that help the therapist juggle the two levels of relationship within the therapy setting.

2. Describe the importance of both the therapist’s and the patient’s affective responses to each other as part of what can be either curative or destructive in the psychotherapy process.

3. Describe at least two of the ways in which the rules of abstinence and neutrality have evolved over the course of psychoanalytic history and describe how these changes have deepened the psychoanalytic therapy experience for both participants.

This program is open to all APS members and other interested mental health professionals who may not be members. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominately psychoanalytic mode. The material will be appropriate for clinicians with intermediate levels of experience and knowledge.

Professional and Scholar Members:

$45 until April 8, 2019,

$55 after April 8, 2019.

Early-Career Professional Members:

Free if registered by April 8, 2019,

$10 after April 8, 2019.

Graduate Student Members: Free.


$60 until April 8, 2019,

$70 after April 8, 2019.

Although walk-ins will be accepted, please register online at in advance to assure adequate food and seating.

If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your payment to:
Scott Swan, PhD
APS Treasurer
1005 Kenesaw Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919.

Refunds honored with written/electronic notice at least 24 hours before date of seminar. Contact Scott Swan, PhD

Contact APS President Joyce Cartor, PhD to negotiate fees, if needed.

Facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons requesting them.

APS Membership:
Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2018-2019 program year for $80. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $45. Graduate students may join or renew for $25.

American Psychological Association Approval Statement:
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education:
This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0 continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of a program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.

APS and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. APS and Division 39 are also committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.

Selected References/Recommended Reading:
Akhtar, S. (2018). Humility. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 78 (1):1-27.

Conci, M. (2013). Sullivan and the Intersubjective Perspective. International Forum for  Psychoanalysis, 22 (1):10-16.

Davies, J. (2018). The “Rituals” of the Relational Perspective: Theoretical Shifts and Clinical Implications. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 28 (6):651-669.

Westerling, T.W., Laws, H., Ortega, S., Drinkwater, R., Stevens, H., Goodman, D., Beinashowitz, J., & Drill, R.L. (2019). Patient Attachment and Therapist Countertransference in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 36 (1):73-81.

Yerushalmi, H. (2013). On the Therapist's Yearning for Intimacy. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 82 (3): 671-687.

If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to APS President Joyce Cartor, PhD.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Division 39, APS, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risks/limitations of the approaches discussed will be addressed.

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