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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

    • 19 Feb 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Bromall, PA (exact address will be emailed)
    • 0

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    Seeing the Common Humanity in Addiction: Offering an Integrated Relational Treatment

    February 19, 2017

    Irini Gouzos, MA; Candace Irabli, MA; Shay Selden, MA; & Veronica Slaght, MA

    This event offers 2 CEUs

    An individual living with addiction experiences life at the intersection of a dream and a nightmare: The dream of refuge and safety is met with the compulsive repetition of trauma and loss.  From a social justice perspective, psychotherapists have a responsibility to respond to the addiction epidemic sweeping the nation, but many therapists believe that addiction is treatment-resistant and therefore refuse to work with these patients, or do so only with the prerequisite that a patient be sober. This brunch invites participants to recognize the common humanity in those suffering from addiction and offers a relational approach to addiction treatment.  

    From a relational perspective, addictions arise from attempts to ameliorate painful emotions that the addict is unable to regulate on his/her own. In the absence of meaningful relationships with others, yet still possessing the dream of security, the addict turns to objects of addiction for comfort. The addiction superficially fulfills the dream of security and offers escape from the waking nightmare that the user may not have the tools to navigate. This presentation will explain several integrative approaches that can be used in a relational addiction treatment, including the harm reduction model, the stages of change, and the 12-step approach. A case will be presented and a conversation will be facilitated to expand our understanding and engagement with this current social issue.

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

    1. Describe an attachment perspective on addiction.

    2. Plan an integrative approach to addiction treatment.

    Irini Gouzos is a fifth-year PsyD student at Widener University's Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology.  She has experience in the fields of substance abuse and sex addiction treatment, at various levels of care. While earning her PsyD, she is pursuing a joint Master's Degree in Clinical Human Sexuality Studies. 

    Candace Irabli is a fifth-year PsyD student at Widener University's Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology.  She has worked in the treatment of substance use disorders and eating disorders throughout her training. While earning her PsyD, she is pursuing a joint Master's Degree in Clinical Human Sexuality Studies.

    Shay Selden is a 5th year PsyD student in Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. There, she has also completed a dual-degree in human sexuality, and is completing a concentration in diversity and multicultural psychology.

    Veronica Slaght is a fifth-year PsyD student at Widener University's Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology. She is currently completing her doctoral training at Swarthmore College's Counseling and Psychological Services. 


    • 09 Apr 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Rittenhouse Square (exact address will be emailed)
    • 25

    Brief Psychoanalysis

    April 9, 2017

    Cécile Gouffrant McKenna, PsyD

    2 CEUs Offered

    In recent years, there has been a demand to develop short-term psychodynamic interventions. This type of treatment—12 weeks or less—might be helpful in solving many of the challenges and demands of our current healthcare system and fast-paced culture. That said, the place of Brief Psychoanalysis has yet to be defined in the psychodynamic movement as well as in more general mental health treatment options.

    This presentation will provide an overview of the current context for Brief Psychoanalysis and a summary of recent studies assessing the effectiveness of short-term vs. long-term psychodynamic therapy. The presenter will also provide a short account on the recent book Brief Psychoanalytic Treatment by R. Peter Hobson, PhD, and describe his six forms of brief psychoanalytic therapy. A clinical case will be shared and our presenter will share the framework she utilizes with brief analysis, inspired by the work of Raul Moncayo, PhD and Ayelet Hirshfeld, PhD.


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

    1.    Identify what can be considered brief analysis and define its limits, advantages, and clinical frame.

    2.    Identify the circumstances in which to consider brief analysis.

    3.    Define the key elements of a successful brief analysis treatment.

    Cécile Gouffrant McKenna, PsyD, first trained in France as a cognitive psychologist conducting research on memory, especially with Alzheimer’s patients. After a career in the biotechnology business world, Cécile earned her PsyD at the California Institute of Integral Study in San Francisco, CA.  Cécile is a candidate analyst with the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis with a private practice in Philadelphia, PA.

    • 23 Apr 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Wynnewood, PA
    • 35

    Am I Even Doing Psychotherapy?

    Battling Internalized “psychodynamic phobia” in training environments promoting evidenced-based treatments

    April 23, 2017

    Barbara Goldsmith, PsyD; Valeriya Spektor, PhD; & Elena Cucco, MA

    Please note: this brunch is open to graduate students and all mentees and mentors who have participated in the mentorship program. This brunch offers CEU.

    It is well-known in many graduate clinical psychology programs that myths about psychodynamic treatment continue to prevail despite evidence to the contrary.  Some of the erroneous prevailing myths are that psychodynamic therapies are obsolete and antiquated treatments that are “slow” and based only on insight which does not change behavior or really work. 

    Faculty and students alike continue to believe that psychodynamic treatment is not supported by empirical research and that it has not changed since Freud, and is a treatment only suitable for rich and healthy clients.  Students training in this climate can feel criticized and become defensive and phobic about doing psychodynamic therapy.  This discussion will focus on the status of psychodynamic psychotherapy in graduate clinical psychology programs by examining it from three perspectives: training, supervision and teaching.

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

    1.    Identify the negative messages sent from training and professional environments regarding the value of learning about and doing psychodynamic work that contribute to an internalized psychodynamic phobia in trainees.

    2.    Describe the actual research supporting psychodynamic psychotherapy.

    3.    Define ways to navigate and challenge unsupportive training and professional climates and identify activities and network with communities that offer support and guidance in face of negativity regarding psychodynamic work in the field.

    Barbara L. Goldsmith, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia and Rosemont, PA. She is adjunct associate professor at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and is on the faculty of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis in Philadelphia. She is a training consultant for the University of Pennsylvania's Counseling and Psychological Services, and was founding president of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education. She is the director of the PSPP Mentorship Program.

    Valeriya Spektor, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow at the Counseling and Psychological Services of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and her doctoral internship at U Penn's CAPS. Her professional interests center on psychodynamic therapy, training and supervision, and culturally-informed work. She is the Assistant Director of the PSPP Mentorship program this year and is a past participant of the Division 39 Graduate Scholars Program.

    Elena Cucco is a 5th year doctoral candidate in Fairleigh Dickinson University's PhD program in clinical psychology. She is currently training at the Drexel University Counseling Center in Philadelphia, PA where she provides individual and group therapy to a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students. During her graduate studies, she has been trained in assessment and therapy roles with forensic, inpatient, community mental healthcare, and college counseling center populations. 

    • 07 May 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Philadelphia (East Falls) (exact address to be emailed)
    • 18

    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)
    • 25

    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

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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