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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

    • 22 Oct 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Inn at Swarthmore: 10 South Chester Rd., Swarthmore, PA 19081
    • 73


    2016 PSPP Annual Fall Meeting 

    Locating Self in Clinical Interactions: Playing with Sameness and Difference

    with invited speakers Sandra Buechler, Ph.D., Laurel Silber, Psy.D., & Marc Carafa, Psy.D.

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Registration 11:00am, program starts at 11:30am

    Venue: The Inn at Swarthmore

    (The Gathering Room)

    10 South Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081

    Please note that four CEs will be available for attendants of this program


    Much of therapeutic action occurs implicitly between patient and therapist.  These subtle body movements, tone changes, emotional shifts, and patterns of relating are hard to recognize and make explicit, yet they are very informative.  Accordingly, in this workshop, three sophisticated and experienced clinicians will focus on this area of clinical work across the developmental spectrum.  By training one’s eye on the play between sameness and difference within the therapeutic relationship, markers of the change process will be illuminated.

    First, Laurel Silber, Psy.D. will contextualize the procedural level of process in relational development by the use of illustrative videos, contemporary research and clinical examples in work with children.  Marc Carafa, Psy.D. will use a clinical vignette to explore the role that longing and loss play in the repetition of familiar object constellations, and the emergence of new possibilities in the context of therapy with an adult.  Finally, Sandra Buechler, Ph.D. will present the treatment of a patient in her sixties and analyst who has just passed that decade to explore the ways in which identity-related challenges we each face (e.g. age-related concerns) impact the treatment interaction.

    Sandra Buechler, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising analyst and graduate, William Alanson White Institute.  She has authored numerous books and articles.  Clinical Values: Emotions that Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment, Analytic Press, 2004, examines hope, courage, and other values.  Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives: Emotional Experience in the Therapeutic Setting (Routledge, 2008) discusses therapeutic process.  Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career (Routledge, 2012) examines clinicians’ shame, sorrow, and resilience.  Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature (Routledge, 2015) uses short stories to illuminate coping styles.

    Laurel M. Silber, Psy.D., Past President of PSPP and PCPE, is in private practice with children, adolescents and their families in Bryn Mawr.  She is faculty on the Board of the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, as well as adjunct with The Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology of Widener University.  She teaches courses on relational psychotherapy with children and adolescents.  She has published articles on the subjects of play, play therapy and intergenerational transmission of trauma, which she has referred to as Ghostbusting.

    Marc Carafa, Psy.D. is in private practice in Doylestown and Philadelphia, and is an adjunct faculty member at Temple University’s graduate counseling psychology program. He is currently a psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia.

    Learning Objectives:

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

      • 1.     Recognize shifts within non-verbal expression and communication and productively use those to evaluate progress and stimulate change.
      • 2.     Describe the importance of development within the parent-child relationship as a model for change processes in psychotherapy. 
      • 3.     Discuss the central role of loss, avoidance of loss, and shame within the treatment relationship.
      • 4.     List some of the challenges facing us all as we age.
      • 5.     List some of the ways similarities and differences in age affect the treatment dyad.  

    Tentative Program Schedule:

    11:00 AM       Registration

    11:30 AM       Presentation #1: Laurel Silber, Psy.D., plus discussion

    12:45 PM        Luncheon

    1:30 PM         Presentation #2: Marc Carafa, Psy.D., plus discussion

    2:45 PM         Break

    3:00 PM         Presentation #3: Sandra Buechler, Ph.D., plus discussion

    4:15 PM         Discussion and brief business meeting for PSPP members

    5:00 PM         Program Concludes


    Fees cover the cost of four continuing education credits, lunch, light refreshments and coffee

    Prior to 10/7/16 / After 10/7/16:

    PSPP Members: $90 / $105

    Non-Member Professionals: $110 / $125

    Early Career Professionals*: $50 / $65

    Retired Professionals: $50 / $65

    Graduate Students: $15 / $20

    *Early career professionals are those within seven years of receiving their professional degree.

    Fees listed per person.  Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.  Refunds requested prior to 10/22/16 paid in full, less a $25 administrative fee.


    Online registration will be available at the PSPP website through 10/20/16. Following this date, participants may register for the program at the door.

    Registration by mail is available by contacting: Dr. Sarah White, PSPP Membership Chair: 3804 Church Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08504  

    This program is intended for mental health professionals with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience it is not limited to individuals practicing in a psychoanalytic mode.


    Parking behind the Inn is plentiful and free 


    • Get on I-95 South from Airport Recirculation Road and Bartram Ave (1.7 mi)
    • Continue on I-95 South. Take I-476 N to E Baltimore Pike in Nether Providence Township. (8.0 mi)
    • Take exit 3 (Media/Swarthmore) from I-476 N (0.3 mi)
    • Turn right onto E Baltimore Pike. (0.5 mi)
    • Turn right onto N. Swarthmore Ave (0.2 mi)
    • Turn right onto N. Chester Road. (0.7 mi)
    • At the traffic circle take the 1st exit onto Fieldhouse Lane. Hotel entrance is on the right.


    • Get on I-95 South
    • Continue on I-95 South. Take I-476 N to E Baltimore Pike in Nether Providence Township. Take exit 3 (Media/Swarthmore) from I-476 N
    • Turn right onto E Baltimore Pike.
    • Turn right onto N. Swarthmore Ave
    • Turn right onto N. Chester Road.
    • At the traffic circle take the 1st exit onto Fieldhouse Lane. Hotel entrance is on the right.


    • Take the Media/Elwyn Line from 30th Street Station to the Swarthmore stop. 28 minutes/11 stops.


    PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 4 (CEUs) 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 PA can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Div 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, those professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Div 39 approved programs.

    EDUCATORS: Act 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in PA. IF you need act 48 credits please be sure to bring your PPID number to the conference. Act 48 credits are processed by PSPP, and you will receive a letter in the mail documenting that you have earned 4 Act 48 credits a few weeks after the conference.


    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 Courtney Slater, Ph.D. at 267-225-1522 or e-mail There 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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