BSPS Conference Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies
Ray Hoffman, M.D.
Psychoanalytic Diagnosis Through the Lens of the Expected Evolution of Transference
Sunday, March 3, 2013 

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.

Objectives:  At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  1. 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).
  2. Describe the impact of symbol formation and its impairments on transference phenomena and on symptom formation.
  3. Describe various theories of anxiety and depressive affect as signal initiating defense and as product of fantasy and/or repression.
  4. 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.

CE Credits:  CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms.  Attendance is monitored.  Credit will not be granted to registrants who arrive late, or depart early.  Credit will be granted to participants who submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the session.  It is the responsibility of participants to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program, participants will be given 3 CE credits.  This program is being co-sponsored by The Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS).  CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists.  The Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Baltimore Society of Psychoanalytic Studies is recognized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of continuing education activities. 
Registration:  In order to register, please visit our website,, and fill out our online registration form.  Make checks payable to Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and mail to:   BSPS, PO Box 20910, Baltimore, MD 21209-0910. 

Program fees are non refundable.

Pre-registration fees:

  • $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.

Registration received after 2/26/13 or at the door: 
  • $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

 via email: or call: 410-665-3550. 

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