Calendar of Events

Events of Interest to the PSPP Community

The Community Calendar of the Alliance for Psychoanalytic Thought (aPt) also lists local programs of interest to mental health professionals who practice psychoanalysis and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy

Upcoming events

    • 04 Jun 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Rockland – East Fairmount Park 3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive Philadelphia, PA 19121


    Children in Therapy: Two Psychoanalytic Perspectives



    Saturday, June 4, 2016 9:00 am 11:30 am

    A collaboration sponsored by PCOP and PSPP

    Ann Smolen, PhD

    Training and supervising analyst in child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalysis, PCOP
    Winner of the 2016-2017 Helen Meyers Traveling Scholar Award, American Psychoanalytic Association Author of
    Mothering Without a Home: Representations of Attachment Behaviors in Homeless

    Mothers and Children (Aronson, 2013) and Six Children: The Spectrum of Child Psychopathology and Its Treatment (Karnac, 2015)

    DISCUSSANTS: Laurel Silber, PsyD & Robert Kravis, PsyD
    Dr. Silber: Faculty, Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and Widener University Institute for Graduate

    Clinical Psychology; Co-founder, Philadelphia Declaration of Play

    Dr. Kravis: Training and supervising analyst, PCOP; Faculty, Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology; Consultant, Access Services, Inc.

    MODERATORS: Corinne Masur, PsyD & Ami Berkowitz, M.Ed
    Dr. Masur: Co-founder, Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education and Philadelphia Declaration of Play; Co-

    director, the Parent Child Center; Blogger, Thoughtful Parenting (
    Ms. Berkowitz: Co-director and Faculty, Child Psychoanalytic and Child Psychotherapy Training Programs, PCOP

    This case presentation and open discussion will follow the analysis of a 4-year-old child who experienced medical trauma, exploring both relational and contemporary classical psychoanalytic frameworks for working with young children. Participating clinicians, residents, and graduate students will gain practical insight into the impact of various types of childhood trauma on lifelong development. They will also learn specific psychoanalytic techniques for working with children who have experienced early trauma.


    Rockland East Fairmount Park 3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive

    Philadelphia, PA 19121
    2.5 CME/CE credits avalable (see reverse for details)

    Free for PCOP and PSPP Members
    $45 for Non-Members Seeking CE/CME Credit


    At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the similarities and differences between relational and contemporary classical psychoanalytic technique and theory in work with a young child.

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of how medical trauma influences child development.

    2. Utilize specific psychoanalytic techniques for working with children who have experienced early trauma.


    Continuing Medical Education (CME):

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    Continuing Education for Psychologists (CE):

    The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Continuing Education for Social Workers (CE): In accordance with the requirements of the Commonwealth of PA dated 12/23/06 [49 PA. CODE 4749], the American Psychological Association (APA) is a pre-approved provider for social workers and clinical social workers in

    the State of Pennsylvania and the Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs.

    For further information, please contact the administrative office of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia:

    Rockland East Fairmount Park 3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive Philadelphia, PA 19121 215-235-2345 

    • 12 Jun 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Location disclosed upon registration for event.
    • 1

    2016 PSPP Brunch Series:

    Do I have to tell my patients I’m blind?

    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    Ari Pizer, MA, MMT


    Self-disclosure has been discussed from many different perspectives.  This brunch will explore yet another dimension of this expanding area of our literature: the disclosure of a therapist’s disability.  It will describe our presenter’s own conflicts regarding how to talk about his visual impairment with patients — the result of a degenerative eye disease — in a way that respects the patient’s right not to know something about the therapist.  Using a clinical vignette, we will look at how our presenter’s ambivalence over this disclosure became enacted in his work with a college student, and how the eventual disclosure of his vision issue lead to a greater establishment of intimacy in the analysis, and a generative experience that continues to ripple through the therapist’s current work.


    We will hear excerpts from the therapist’s article for Psychoanalytic Perspectives (in press), and expand on some of the themes as they have continued to evolve in his clinical work.  As a group, we will discuss the influence of dimension of the therapist’s subjectivity, such as race, gender, sexuality, as well as the less investigated aspects of the therapist’s physical characteristics, and subjectivity, such as disability, age, chronic pain, illness, etc.  We will also discuss how these dimensions of subjectivity are used in ways that either hinder or further the clinical process. 


    Learning Objectives:


    1. Describe what is meant by ‘self-disclosure.’

    2. Recite at least one clinical example of how elements of their subjectivity negatively, positively, or inconclusively impacted a patient or moment in the treatment. 


    Ari Pizer, MA, MMT is a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, and is a 2015 Division 39 Graduate Student Scholar.  An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2015 annual IARPP conference in Toronto.

    Brunch Times and Locations 

    All brunches will be held as follows: 

    11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.       Brunch 

    11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.         Presentation and Discussion 


    Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered. All brunches will be held in Philadelphia proper or the surrounding suburban areas.  


    PSPP Members:          Free 

    Non-Members:           $40 per brunch 


    Registration fees cover attendance at the workshop, 2 CEUs, and brunch. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. For paying non-members, refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.


    Continuing Education Credits

    PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 2 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.  

    SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.


    Responsibility for Program Content

    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.


    Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics

    PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. 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. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible. 

    If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content, or other complaints, please contact Dr. Courtney Slater at 562-631-8410 or courtney.l.slater@gmail.comThere is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

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07 Jun 2015 Brunch Series - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Orthodox Judaism: Clinical Implications
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22 Feb 2015 Brunch Series - With the Wind: Making Clinical Use of Challenging Mental Health Institutional Situations
09 Nov 2014 2014 Annual Fall Program: Community Round-table: The Clinician's Life History in the Consulting Room
18 May 2014 Brunch Series - Bearing Transience and Finding Permanence
29 Mar 2014 2014 PSPP Annual Spring Program: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Formation & Understanding of Dreams
16 Mar 2014 Brunch Series - Not Just New Names for Old Concepts
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16 Jun 2013 Spring Brunch Series - Flights into Health or Sudden Gains
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21 Apr 2013 Spring Brunch Series - Integrating a Pet God into Therapy
06 Apr 2013 2013 PSPP Annual Spring Program: From Mind to World, From Drive to Affectivity
13 Mar 2013 The Detective Novel and the Search for Forbidden Knowledge
02 Feb 2013 PCPE & PSPP PRESENT| Again: Multiple Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case
07 Dec 2012 Mysterious Skin: A Special Film Screening and Discussion
04 Nov 2012 2012 PSPP Annual Fall Program | A Day with Bertram P. Karon, Ph.D., Master Clinician
10 Jun 2012 Spring Brunch Series - Hypnosis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications
03 Jun 2012 Spring Brunch Series - The Tao of Psychoanalysis: Where Kohut and Mitchell meet Buddha and Lao Tzu
06 May 2012 Annual Graduate Student Brunch
15 Apr 2012 Spring Brunch Series - "It's not your father's mental conflict..."
18 Mar 2012 2012 PSPP Annual Spring Program | "Can You Blame the Vampire?": On the Tyranny of Vulnerability - Darlene Ehrenberg Ph.D., ABPP
20 Feb 2012 Clinical Writing and The Personal Essay (February 20 and 27, March 10)
29 Jan 2012 Spring Brunch Series - You Saved My Feet: Psychotherapy with a Homeless Man
20 Jan 2012 Expanding the Frame
13 Nov 2011 2011 PSPP Annual Fall Program | The Relevance of Lacanian Theory & Technique to Clinical Work Today with Bruce Fink, Ph.D.
29 Oct 2011 Finding the Unfound: The Convergence of Psychodynamic Principles and Neuropsychology in the Understanding and Treatment of Asperger's Syndrome
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21 May 2011 How People Create One Another in Groups
15 May 2011 Sunday Brunch Series - Money As Self Regulation: Theory and Practice
01 May 2011 Annual Graduate Student Brunch
03 Apr 2011 Sunday Brunch Series - The Immediate Long Term Psychological Consequences of Breast Cancer and Its Implications for Effective Psychotherapeutic Engagement with Patients and Survivors
20 Mar 2011 Sunday Brunch Series - Lost in Unsymbolized Space: Reaching the Inaccessible Patient
26 Feb 2011 2011 PSPP Annual Spring Program | Analytic Self Care: Does Gender Matter? Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
06 Feb 2011 Sunday Brunch Series - Substance Use Disorders and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
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07 Mar 2010 Sunday Brunch Series - Group Psychotherapy and the Relational Perspective: What is the Agent of Change?
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17 Feb 2010 Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities
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06 Dec 2009 Annual Fall Meeting with Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.
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31 May 2009 Sunday Brunch: Working at the Borderline: Other Perspectives on a Diagnosis and its Meanings
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29 Mar 2009 Sunday Brunch: Meditation and Mindfulness in Treating Depression
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15 Feb 2009 Sunday Brunch: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Writing and Publishing: How to Write and Publish a Psychoanalytic Article
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19 Oct 2008 PSPP Fall Members Meeting and Presentation
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