9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Sign In and Registration
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Presentation
Sheppard Pratt Conference Center
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21285
Program Description: Some have de-emphasized the importance of diagnosis and of diagnostic thinking in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy, arguing that it unrealistically tries to make tidy what is inherently untidy, and can lead us astray as clinicians if we reify diagnostic categories too much or prejudicially label an individual. At the same time, an attempt to be agnostic with regard to the implications of our diagnostic perceptions risks depriving us of essential tools that we need to effectively sustain treatment and to pursue analytic objectives with those who come to us for help. In this presentation, I review aspects of diagnosis that can be contemplated from three perspectives: the impairment, or achievement and elaboration, of symbol formation; defensive organization and its impact on the expected evolution of the transference in treatment; and the relationships between anxiety as a conscious phenomenon attending unconscious fantasy, anxiety as unconscious signal which prompts defense and compromise, and defense operations–both the fleeting ones and the habitual ones consolidated into character.
About the speaker: Ray Hoffman, M.D. is a Supervising and Training Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society (formerly the New York Freudian Society). He is the Chief Medical Officer at Mosaic Community Services, a regional provider of rehabilitative and clinical mental health services based in Timonium, MD, and maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Baltimore, MD. He completed a postgraduate residency in psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore, MD, and is a graduate of Creighton University Medical School, Omaha, NE, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN.
- Explain the impact on the evolution and nature of the transference in psychoanalysis of primary defensive constellations of repression, splitting, and disaffectation (as described by Arlow, Kernberg, and McDougall, respectively).
- Describe the impact of symbol formation and its impairments on transference phenomena and on symptom formation.
- Describe various theories of anxiety and depressive affect as signal initiating defense and as product of fantasy and/or repression.
- Identify and analyze the relationship between instances of defense operation and patterns of habitual defense operation in patient presentations in analysis.
Who Should Attend? Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, pastoral counselors) and persons with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and application.
Program fees are non refundable.
- $35 BSPS and CFS members
- $60 Non-members
- $5 Full-time student members
- $15 Full-time student non-members
*Pre-registration fees apply only if payment is received by 2/26/13.
- $45 BSPS and CFS members
- $70 Non-members
- $15 Full-time student members
- $25 Full-time student non-members
Important disclosure information: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Contact: For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Scott