Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society


Upcoming Events

    • 04 Mar 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    • University of Tennessee Medical Center


    Saturday Morning Seminar

    with

    Anne Adelman, PhD

    on

    With Patient in Mind: 
    The Pang of Shame, 
    The Power of Connection


    March 4, 2017
    9:00am - 12:15pm

    University of Tennessee Medical Center
    Morrison Education and Conference Center
    1924 Alcoa Highway
    Knoxville, Tennessee  37920

    Program Description

    Deep clinical work with challenging patients evokes strong emotions, powerful ideation, intense phantasy, and psychic turmoil within us as psychoanalytic clinicians. 

    In this intermediate-level program, Dr. Adelman will explore shame, one of the "disenfranchised" aspects of the therapist's experience, as it enters into the analytic frame and informs our work. She will discuss why such feelings are often left out of our discussions and the importance of developing a shared language for this realm of the therapist's experience.

    In the second half of the presentation, Dr. Adelman will explore many facets of friendship across the lifespan, examining why friends are important to us, how friendships take shape, and how they become meaningful.  She will also explore ruptures, loss and repair in friendship, and consider the affiliative longings and subsequent disappointments that characterize friendship across the developmental spectrum. 

    Friendship is a central aspect of life. In the natural history of one's friendships, one could probably find the "all" of who he or she is, like a miniature book where the print is too fine to read but every word is buried within.  However, in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, we do not often look to friendships to understand our patients.  It is as if we consider friends to play, at best, a supporting role, but sense that the real analytic gold is elsewhere.  When therapists evaluate patients, we want to know whether they can make and keep friends, but we don’t necessarily count their friends among the important people on the therapeutic stage.  And yet, within the context of friendship, we can see the unfurling of the inner life of both child and adult.  Friends reveal who we are and who we aren’t.  Put all of my closest friends in one room and talk to them for awhile – you will know me by the end. 

    During the course of this discussion, Dr. Adelman will explore how friendships shape who we are, what makes friendship possible and when it becomes impossible to remain friends. She will look at friendship through the eyes of psychoanalysis, and consider the multifaceted meanings of having, holding and deepening these bonds over time.

    Presenter

    Anne Adelman, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She received her doctoral degree in Psychology from the City University of New York, completed a two-year fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center.  She stayed on at the Yale University School of Medicine for several years after completing the fellowship, working alongside of other mental health and community professionals, including the New Haven police department, local schools and social service agencies to provide clinical services through many Yale Child Study Center-based programs.  Dr. Adelman graduated from the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis and is currently on the faculty at the Contemporary Freudian Society and at the New Directions in Writing Program at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. She is co-author of "Wearing My Tutu to Analysis and Other Stories: Learning Psychodynamic Concepts from Life" and co-editor of "The Therapist in Mourning: From the FarAway Nearby." She has also published several chapters, including "The Bystander in Analytic Betrayal" in Betrayaledited by Salman Akhtar, and "The Analyst's Sense of Shame," in Shame, edited by Salman Akhtar (in press).

    Schedule

    8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast

    8:50am Welcome and Introduction

    9:00am The Analyst's Sense of Shame

    When the Dr. Adelman's sense of shame was awakened in the work with a vulnerable analysand, understanding and working through the “disenfranchised” aspects of both analyst’s and patient’s experience led to a deepening of the treatment.

    10:30am Break

    10:45am Friendship as an Analytic Concept

    Little attention has been paid in the analytic literature to friendship, although it is such a fundamental aspect of human experience – significant both in its presence and in its absence.  Dr. Adelman will discuss the developmental function and trajectory of friendship over time, intimacy and estrangement, competition, envy and the deep bonds between friends.

    12:15pm Complete Evaluations and Adjourn

    Learning Objectives

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

    1) Identify aspects of the therapist's experience of shame that may be hard to articulate in order to increase the therapist’s ability to examine fully the patient/therapist relationship.

    2) Describe the impact of shame on the therapist and describe ways to effectively work through these extra-countertransferential aspects of the therapist's experience.

    3) Describe how development and the capacity for aloneness affect one's ability to develop and maintain friendships.  

    4) Describe how play can facilitate the reparation of ruptures in friendships.    

    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.

    Registration

    Professional and Scholar Members:

    $45 until February 27, 2017,

    $55 after February 27, 2017.

    Early-Career Professional Members:

    Free if registered by February 27, 2017,

    $10 after February 27, 2017.

    Graduate Student Members: Free.

    Non-members:

    $60 until February 27, 2017,

    $70 after February 27, 2017.

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

    If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your payment to:
    Elaine Erickson, PhD
    APS Treasurer
    515 Booth Street
    Knoxville, TN 37919.

    Refunds honored with written/electronic notice at least 24 hours before date of conference. Contact Elaine Erickson, PhD

    Contact the APS President Heather Hirschfeld, 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 2016-2017 program year for $70. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $35. 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.

    Contact:

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

    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Conference Center


    Spring Conference

    with

    Mark O'Connell, PhD 

    Sexless Cohabitation: Psychoanalysis and 
    the
    Irrepressible Problem 
    of Adult Sexuality

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    University of Tennessee
    Conference Center
    Fourth Floor
    600 Henley Street
    Knoxville, Tennessee  37902
    865-974-0250

    Description of Program

    The morning program, “Sexless Cohabitation,” explores a core and ultimately unsolvable dilemma in psychoanalysis. Want to come up with an experiment that forces human sexuality into the most maximal contortions and perversions imaginable? Put two adults, often of the opposite sex, in the same room for years. Task them with engaging in the most intimate conversation possible, often about sex, while in a state of vulnerability, need, dependency, longing and hope. And tell them that there is one rule. They can’t actually have sex.

    Our efforts to solve this impossible experiment have creatively shaped successive iterations of psychoanalytic theory. They have also distorted and limited analytic practice, and, at their worst, they have made psychoanalysis, at times, an iatrogenic endeavor.

    These talks explore the nature of this challenge for clinicians and patients alike, and they speak to the importance of acknowledging, to ourselves and even at times to our patients, the imperfect nature of our solutions. By addressing transparently a topic that is often avoided, they will allow clinicians a way of constructing ethical boundaries without constricting the spontaneity and depth of the therapeutic relationship.

    The afternoon program, “Two Minds in a Too Small Space,” explores the way that the optimally creative privacy of psychoanalysis supports and emphasizes a powerful, inertial tendency in human relationships to move towards collusive agreement. Such collusive agreement is characterized by the collapse participants’ capacity to maintain simultaneous awareness of his or her own subjectivity, as well as the subjectivity of the other. This mutual, bilateral subjectivity is at the core of the dialectical structure essential for therapeutic aliveness.

    Collapse of this dialectic is not an anomalous outcome of our work. It is, in the absence of relentless and mindful opposition, an inevitability. Maintaining this dialectic, meanwhile, is a core component of modern theories of therapeutic action.

    Presenter

    Mark O’Connell, PhD is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a member of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, and he serves on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis and The Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Institute of New England.

    The author of two books, “The Good Father; On Men, Masculinity and Life in the Family” (Scribners, 2004) and “The Marriage Benefit” (Springboard, 2007), Dr. O'Connell has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, and he has written and spoken about marital and family life, couples therapy, adolescent sexuality and masculinity. Most recently, he has been writing about the collapse of eroticism and sexuality in contemporary culture. 

    Schedule
    8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast

    8:50am Welcome and Introduction

    9:00am Sexless Cohabitation: Psychoanalysis and the Irrepressible Problem of Adult Sexuality (Part I) 

    10:30am Break with Refreshments

    10:45am Sexless Cohabitation: Psychoanalysis and the Irrepressible Problem of Adult Sexuality (Part 2) 

    12:15pm Lunch Served at Conference Site

    1:15pm Two Minds in a Too Small Space: Intimate Partners, and the Challenge of Mutual Mentalization

    3:00pm Break with Refreshments

    3:15pm Live Case Conference

    4:30pm Complete Evaluations and Adjourn.

    Learning Objectives

    After attending this intermediate-level program in full, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe broad trends in the development of psychoanalytic theory, from classical to contemporary, and describe the implications of this evolution for current practice. 

    2. Explain how, to deepen work in the transference and countertransference, respective iterations of psychoanalytic theory have approached the challenges of constructively managing the presence and interaction of both patient and therapist sexualities.  

    3. Implement strategies for working within the erotic transference and countertransference.

    4. Utilize flexible and reliable ways of maintaining ethical boundaries while working in sexually charged clinical situations.

    5. Define the critical concept of “mentalization” as it applies to the management of erotic transferences and utilize mentalization to enhance work with individuals and couples.

    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.

    Registration Fees and Policies:

    BY April 10, 2017:

    Professional and Scholar Members: $115.

    Non-member Professionals: $150.

    Early-Career Professional and Graduate Student Members: $35

    AFTER April 10, 2017 and at the door:

    Professional and Scholar Members: $130.

    Non-member Professionals: $165.

    Early-Career Professional and Graduate Student Members: $50.

    Online registration will close on April 13, 2017.

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

    If you prefer to pay by check, please print the Conference Registration form, and mail with your payment to:

    Elaine Erickson, PhD
    APS Treasurer
    515 Booth Street
    Knoxville, TN 37919.

    Refunds honored with written/electronic notice at least 24 hours before date of conference. Contact Elaine Erickson, PhD

    Contact the APS President Heather Hirschfeld, PhD to negotiate fees, if needed.

    Facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to Heather Hirschfeld, PhD.

    APS Membership:

    Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2016-2017 program year for $70. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $35. 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 6.0 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.

    Contact:

    If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to the APS President Heather Hirschfeld, 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, as indicated.  

    Selected References/Recommended Reading

    Baranger, M. (2012). The intrapsychic and the intersubjective in contemporary psychoanalysis. International Forum of Psychoanalysis. 21: 130 -135.

    Civitarese, G and Ferro, A. (2013). The Meaning and Use of Metaphor in Analytic Field Theory . Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 33:190–209.

    Coen, S. J. (1981). Sexualization as a predominant mode of defense. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 29: 893-920.

    Davies, J.M. (1994). Love in the Afternoon: A Relational Reconsideration of Desire and Dread in the Countertransference. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 4:153-170.

    Freud, S. (1915). Observations on Transference-Love (Further Recommendations on the Technique of Psycho-Analysis III). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XII (1911-1913): The Case of Schreber, Papers on Technique and Other Works, 157-171.

    Goldner, Virginia (2014). Romantic Bonds, Binds, and Ruptures: Couples on the Brink. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24, 402-418.

    Shimmerlik, Susan M.(2008) The Implicit Domain in Couples and Couple Therapy. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18: 3, 371-389.

    Stern, D. (2013) Field Theory in Psychoanalysis, Part I: Harry Stack Sullivan and Madeleine and Willy Baranger. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23:487–501.

    Stern, D. (2013) Field Theory in Psychoanalysis, Part 2: Bionian Field Theory and Contemporary

    Interpersonal/Relational Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23: 630–645.

    • 20 May 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    • University of Tennessee Medical Center


    Annual Membership Meeting 

    and 

    Paul Lerner Scholar's

    Symposium


    A Saturday Morning Seminar

    presented by  

    James E. Gorney, PhD 

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    9:00am–12:30pm


    University of Tennessee Medical Center

    Morrison Education and Conference Center

    1924 Alcoa Highway

    Knoxville, TN 37920


    Description of Program: Membership Meeting

    This annual membership meeting is an opportunity for members to provide direct input and guidance into the educational and other programs offered by APS, to ask questions about board activities and the finances of the society. In years past, due to limited time, much of the meeting consisted of the board reporting to the members. This year, we plan to distribute any reports before the meeting with the objective of having a more informal but substantive dialog with our members. Since this is not a formal continuing education event, formal CE credit will not be available for this hour-long program, but participants will receive a certificate of attendance that does meet Tennessee's Type II continuing education requirements.

    Description of Program: Lerner Symposium

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

    Schedule:

    8:30am   Registration and Continental Breakfast

    9:00am   Membership Meeting

    10:00am  Break

    10:15am   Lerner Symposium, Part I: 

    The Enduring Legacy of Davoine and Gaudilliere

    11:15am   Break

    11:30am   Lerner Symposium, Part II:

    Case Presentation

    12:30pm   Complete Evaluations & Adjourn.

    Educational Objectives:

    After attending this intermediate-level program in full, participants will be able to:

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

    Presenter:

    James E. Gorney, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice in Knoxville. A graduate of Chicago University and the William Alanson White Institute, Jim has had a longstanding connection to Austen Riggs Center, where he initially came in contact with Drs. Davoine and Gaudilliere. Jim has written and presented extensively over the years and is the recipient of the Hans Strupp Prize.

    Participants:

    This program is open to all APS members. The material will be appropriate for clinicians with intermediate levels of experience and knowledge.

    Registration Fees and Policies:

    Members are asked to register online in order to help us plan the event (and especially the breakfast!), but there is no charge for this event.

    Online registration will close on May 18, 2017.

    Facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to Heather Hirschfeld, PhD.

    APS Membership:

    Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2016-2017 program year for $70. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $35. 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 2.0 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.

    Participants at the Membership Meeting portion of the event will also receive a certificate noting attendance as an educational event. This certificate does meet criteria for Type 2 CE for psychologists. 

    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 and Recommended Reading:

    Davoine, F. and J-M Gaudilliere (2004). History Beyond Trauma (Trans. Susan Fairfield), New York: Other Press.

    Davoine, F. and J-M Gaudilliere (2012). Wittgenstein’s Folly (Trans. W.J. Hurst). New York: YBK Publishers.

    Davoine, F. (2014). Mother Folly (Trans. J. Miller). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

    Davoine, F. (2016). Fighting Melancholia: Don Quixote’s Teaching. New York: Karnac Books.

    Ornstein, Anna (2012). My Mother’s Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl. Covington, KY: Clerisy Press.

    Contact:

    Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to APS President Heather Hirschfeld, 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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