WSPP: Someone Like You – A Dynamic Look at Therapist-Patient Fit

Friday, November 9, 2012,   12:30pm – 3:30pm
Presenter: Rochelle Kainer, PhD

What is the deeper meaning of “fit” (or lack of “fit”) with patients? Psychoanalysis originally called for the therapist’s neutrality in the face of patient’s libidinal and aggressive drives. We now recognize that each patient (and therapist) has an inner subjective world that is brought into the work. The art of listening to, understanding, and articulating the inner world of our patients for the purpose of mitigating the effect of internalized bad objects and object relationships is our therapeutic task. Ideally we help free them from their internalized bad objects. One factor that can aid or hinder our work is the often unconscious identification or disidentification with the patient’s inner world. Seminar members are invited to explore the deeper subjective meaning of their comfort/discomfort with particular patients.

Presenter: Rochelle Kainer was one of the organizers of WSPP and one of its original faculty members, teaching object relations and self psychology in its early training program. She was the director of clinical training at the DCIMH and on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry for many years as a teacher of self psychology and as a supervisor. She has written extensively and her well-reviewed book, The Collapse of the Self and Its Therapeutic Restoration, is part of the relational series at The Analytic Press. She has taught on this subject nationally and internationally and was a Fulbright Scholar in Russia. She is now writing for a non-clinical audience, and working on her second novel which she believes has introduced the genre of “grande dame lit.” Dr. Kainer currently writes and practices in Washington, DC.

Registration: free to members, $40 for non-members.
CE’s: this seminar earns 3 CE’s for an additional cost of $10 (for members and non-members).

Please register and send payment in advance.   Registration form can be found here: http://www.wspp-dc.org/images/Registration2012-2013.pdf

Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2012-2013 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at www.wspp-dc.org.

 


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The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (WSPP) is an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. We are an educational organization which offers seminars and short courses on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to all practicing psychotherapists. In our seminars and short courses, we emphasize and foster a collegial atmosphere in which members and attendees learn from experienced, psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians, and in which all feel free to discuss the way the presenter’s ideas and approaches pertain to their own clinical experience. Over many years, we have developed a seminar format that actively welcomes the participation of all. For many, it is a rich and rewarding opportunity for professional growth and networking.

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About WSPP

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (WSPP) is an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. We are an educational organization which offers seminars and short courses on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to all practicing psychotherapists. In our seminars and short courses, we emphasize and foster a collegial atmosphere in which members and attendees learn from experienced, psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians, and in which all feel free to discuss the way the presenter’s ideas and approaches pertain to their own clinical experience. Over many years, we have developed a seminar format that actively welcomes the participation of all. For many, it is a rich and rewarding opportunity for professional growth and networking.