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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

    • 07 May 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Philadelphia (East Falls) (exact address to be emailed)
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    Conscious Femininity

    Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Renée Balthrop, PhD

    2 CEUs Offered

    Conscious femininity is a concept developed by Marion Woodman, a Jungian analyst who studied at the C. G. Jung institute in Zurich. After becoming an analyst, she went on to expand Jung’s ideas as they relate to feminine development and mind-body psychology. This presentation is an introduction to her ideas regarding conscious femininity.  Conscious femininity is the embodiment and awareness of living and practicing with a commitment to the feminine principle.  Masculine and feminine principles do not refer to concepts of gender. They are energetic patterns of being, with both the masculine and the feminine present in men as well as in women at all times.  Life is the result of the dynamic interplay of feminine and masculine energies.  In our fast paced, quick fix culture, as well as in the contemporary practice of psychotherapy, the masculine approach is more prevalent and has long been assigned a greater value than the feminine.  From the standpoint of conscious femininity, the feminine principle is not “better” than the masculine, or vice versa.  At this time, we need to make conscious and integrate qualities of the feminine principle in order to compensate for the longstanding dominance of the masculine.  Our intention is to develop a balanced partnership between feminine and masculine principles.

    As clinicians, how many of us have struggled to take a complete history and formulate treatment goals in a single session?  Conscious femininity offers an alternative approach for achieving these objectives.  Predominantly masculine models of psychotherapy focus on goals, symptoms, analysis, interpretation, reason, and action. Psychotherapy grounded in the feminine principle has much to offer masculine oriented theories and begins in an altogether different place:  a place of not knowing, but of experiencing, centered on being as opposed to doing. Using clinical examples and case material this presentation will explore the conscious use of the feminine principle and the role of the masculine in conducting effective psychotherapy. 

    Learning Objectives:

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

    1. Describe what Marion Woodman means by “conscious femininity.”

    2. List reasons why the use of metaphor and symbol are essential in therapeutic work.

    3. Define the stages of feminine development. 


    Renée Balthrop, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Media, PA. She is in the Fellowship program at the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalysis. She has studied extensively with Marion Woodman, a Jungian analyst in London, Ontario.


    • 21 May 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Merion, PA (exact location to be emailed)
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    The Isolation, Safety, and Freedom of Private Practice: Going at it alone in a healthcare system and world that doesn't care

    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Deborah Seagull, PhD

    2 CEUs Offered

    The choice to be in private practice is an exciting and challenging endeavor. The benefits of schedule freedom, increased financial success, and autonomy are seductive, and real. To own your own space as a therapist gives you full reign to work as you please, and let the work unfold as it needs to. There is psychoanalytic space that can be found and cherished and sought after in private practice, and there are patients who are willing to pay and to do the work. However, this is only one side of private practice, as it can also be a very isolating experience.  

    In this presentation, the speaker will make the argument that most psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic/relational therapists are drawn to private practice for the reasons mentioned above, but also because there is a safety from the outside world, from the trauma we hear about, and a healthcare system and a world that can seem very cruel and unrelenting. It affords us a protection, but at a cost. This presentation will focus at length about this conflict and defense and the common experiences that therapists have in private practice. We will consider ideas and ways that clinicians can think about this in ways that address this conflict and help fight that sense of isolation.  


    Learning Objectives:  

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

    1. Identify common feelings experienced by clinicians and core conflicts that arise as a result of private practice in relation to the content we hear

    2. Define ways clinicians in private practice can build community


    Deborah Seagull, PhD, has been in practice for ten years working at Pennsylvania Hospital and in private practice. She works deeply and compassionately with patients focusing on the underlying issues of many common psychological problems. She works extensively with patients with health issues, especially cancer patients. 


Past events

23 Apr 2017 Am I Even Doing Psychotherapy? Battling internalized “psychodynamic phobia” in training environments promoting evidenced-based treatments
09 Apr 2017 Brief Psychoanalysis
18 Mar 2017 PSPP 2017 Spring Meeting: Journeys with Psychosis: A Day of Approaches to Working Analytically with Psychosis
19 Feb 2017 Seeing the Common Humanity in Addiction: Offering an Integrated Relational Treatment
22 Oct 2016 2016 PSPP Fall Program: Locating self in clinical interactions: playing with sameness and difference
12 Jun 2016 2016 PSPP Brunch Series || Do I Have To Tell My Patients I’m Blind? Ari Pizer, MA, MMT
04 Jun 2016 PCOP and PSPP present || Children in Therapy: Two Psychoanalytic Perspectives
15 May 2016 2016 PSPP Brunch Series || How Can Pragmatism Affect Contemporary Analytic Thinking and Practice? Philip J. Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
17 Apr 2016 2016 Annual Graduate Student Brunch
20 Mar 2016 2016 PSPP Brunch Series || Psychoanalytic Practice in the Real World, with Kelly Bassett, M.Ed., Dan Livney, Psy.D., and Courtney L. Slater, Ph.D
05 Mar 2016 PSPP 2016 Annual Spring Program || Breaking the Cycles that Trap Us: Affect, Attachment, Integration, Intervention - Paul Wachtel, Ph.D.
28 Feb 2016 2016 PSPP Brunch Series || Struggling in dissociative quicksand: Relational quandaries in the treatment of dissociative identity disorder, with Stacey M. Boyer, PsyD
25 Oct 2015 2015 Annual Fall Meeting: Thinking Relationally about Internal and External Ethical Factors in Psychotherapy
07 Jun 2015 Brunch Series - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Orthodox Judaism: Clinical Implications
30 May 2015 2015 PSPP Annual Spring Program: Between Parents and Children: Psychoanalytic and Anthropologic Perspectives
17 May 2015 Brunch Series - Topics in Applied Psychoanalysis: How to Approach Custody Evaluations from a Psychoanalytic Perspective
03 May 2015 Annual Graduate Student Brunch
08 Mar 2015 Brunch Series - Forgetting Repression: Lacan and Parapraxis in Contemporary Clinical Practice
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
16 Feb 2014 Brunch Series - Rock-a-bye Baby
26 Oct 2013 Does Psychoanalysis Need a Sex Change?|2013 PSPP Annual Fall Program in Collaboration with the 25th Annual Schulman Symposium
20 Sep 2013 The Philadelphia Declaration of Play
16 Jun 2013 Spring Brunch Series - Flights into Health or Sudden Gains
19 May 2013 Spring Brunch Series - Deep Diving
05 May 2013 Annual Graduate Student Brunch
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
05 Jun 2011 Sunday Brunch Series - The Making of a Psychoanalytic Therapist in the Age of the Quick Fix
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
22 Jan 2011 Again: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case
10 Dec 2010 Growing Up With Mental Illness - 'Tarnation'
30 Oct 2010 2010 PSPP Fall Meeting | The Analytic Relationship and the Dialogue of Unconsciouses: A Clinical Workshop
16 May 2010 Sunday Brunch Series - Jewish Women's Adolescent Development: The Role of Attachment, Separation, and Jewish Identity
02 May 2010 Sunday Brunch Series - Denial of Mortality and its Consequences for Clinical Practice
11 Apr 2010 Annual Graduate Student Brunch
28 Mar 2010 PSPP Website Downtime Notice
27 Mar 2010 2010 PSPP Spring Meeting | Psychoanalysis and the Art of Community Engagement: Immigration, the Psychological Origins of a Hate Crime, and Other Uses of Psychoanalysis Beyond the Consulting Room
07 Mar 2010 Sunday Brunch Series - Group Psychotherapy and the Relational Perspective: What is the Agent of Change?
19 Feb 2010 PSPP Website Downtime Notice
17 Feb 2010 Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities
17 Jan 2010 Sunday Brunch Series - Making Something Out of Nothing: How a Psychoanalysis Grew from Attunement to the Implicit Relationship
06 Dec 2009 Annual Fall Meeting with Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.
14 Nov 2009 Contemporary Views of Change in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Closer Examination of the Boston Change Process Study Group's Understanding of Change
24 Oct 2009 Dynamic Systems and Dyadic States of Consciousness
23 Oct 2009 Relational Psychophysiology and Meaning Making in Therapy
14 Jun 2009 CANCELLED: Sunday Brunch: Jewish Women’s Adolescent Development: The Role of Attachment, Separation and Jewish Identity
31 May 2009 Sunday Brunch: Working at the Borderline: Other Perspectives on a Diagnosis and its Meanings
03 May 2009 Graduate Student Brunch
19 Apr 2009 Sunday Brunch: A Treatment Approach for Treating the Pre-Oedipal Patient (Psychosis, etc.)
29 Mar 2009 Sunday Brunch: Meditation and Mindfulness in Treating Depression
21 Mar 2009 PCPE Special Ethics Workshop: Ghislaine Boulanger, Ph.D. "When Diagnoses Obscure The Real: Ethical Considerations Surrounding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder"
15 Feb 2009 Sunday Brunch: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Writing and Publishing: How to Write and Publish a Psychoanalytic Article
31 Jan 2009 PSPP Winter 2009 Program: Helping People with Paranoid Dynamics: What the DSM Doesn’t Tell You
11 Jan 2009 Sunday Brunch: Inadvertent and Unavoidable Multiple Relationships: A Self Psychological Perspective
19 Oct 2008 PSPP Fall Members Meeting and Presentation
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