2014 Annual Fall Program: Community Round-table: The Clinician's Life History in the Consulting Room

  • 09 Nov 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Campion Student Center of St. Joseph's University


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PSPP Annual Fall Program: Community Round-table: The Clinician's Life History in the Consulting Room

 2014 PSPP Annual Fall Program in cooperation with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

With our panel: 
Marilyn Charles, PhD, Ann Smolen, PhD, and Matthew Whitehead, PsyD

Nov. 9th, 2014 from 1 - 5pm

 Campion Student Center of St. Joseph's University


Before one adopts a clinical theory, even before Graduate School, there is the clinician’s life narrative: the story that brings them to the consulting room and sustains them, and perhaps frustrates them there.

We are pleased to invite three panelists from various stages in their careers who will speak about turning points or themes in their lives that have been instrumental in making them into the person they are or understand themselves to be when they are  with their patients, and how this may affect their patients' experience in therapy. This conference has been designed to make it an exciting and interactive event. After the presentation, you, the audience, will have the opportunity to join the panel in reflecting on this important question. Our invited panelists will be:

Marilyn Charles, PhD  is a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, and the Chicago Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS), and President of Division 39. She also consults for Gunawirra, a group in Sydney that works with Aboriginal preschoolers and their families in New South Wales, trying to halt the intergenerational transmission of trauma.

She is the author of four books, and numerous journal articles. Her last book was entitled Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan.

Ann Smolen, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst in Child, Adolescent and Adult psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP). She has won several national awards for her clinical work, which she has presented nationally and internationally.

Dr. Smolen is the author of several articles, including Boys Only! No Mothers Allowed, published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and translated into three languages. She is also the author of Mothering Without a Home: Representations of Attachment Behaviors in Homeless Mothers and Children. She is currently in private practice in Ardmore, PA.

Matthew Whitehead, PsyD is in private practice in Center City, Philadelphia and is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) of Widener University. He has presented both nationally and locally, including at annual conferences of Division 39, and the Society for Personality Assessment, the Philadelphia Equality Forum and Philadelphia FIGHT's Annual HIV Prevention Summit. 

He is currently a candidate at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP).

Dan Livney, Psy.D.  will serve as the Moderator to the discussion. Dr. Livney is a Psychologist in the Geriatric Psychiatry Department of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Consultant to the Psychiatry Department at Chestnut Hill Hospital, and Clinical Lead at Project Transition. He serves as Treasurer for the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) and President of PSPP. Dr. Livney also maintains a private practice in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:

1.Discuss the impact of a clinician's life events on their work with their patients.

2. Describe the process whereby clinicians make choices about how to use significant life events in their work.

3. Describe the role of self-reflection by the clinician in facilitating and/or inhibiting self-reflection by the patient in clinical work.

4. Identify trends in psychoanalytic thinking that have supported  and/or resisted using self-reflection in clinical work.



PSPP Members                                                      $90.00

Non-member Professionals                                $110.00

Early Career Professionals*                                $50.00

Retired Professionals                                           $50.00

Graduate Students                                                Free

* Early Career Professionals are those within three years of receiving their professional degree

Fees are listed per person. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.

Online registration will be available at the PSPP website http://www.pspp.org/ through October 26, 2014. 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  08054 

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.


Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program is offered for four continuing education credits (4 CEs). 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. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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.

EDUCATORS: Act 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in Pennsylvania. 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.

Participant's 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 handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Valerie R. Wilson, Ph.D. at 267-634-1719 or e-mail dr.valerie.wilson@gmail.com. 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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