PSPP 2016 Annual Spring Program || Breaking the Cycles that Trap Us: Affect, Attachment, Integration, Intervention - Paul Wachtel, Ph.D.

  • 05 Mar 2016
  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Arch Street Meeting House, Monthly Meeting Room, 320 Arch Street (corner of 4th and Arch), Philadelphia, PA 19106


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Members within 7 years of attaining terminal degree.

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PSPP 2016 Annual Spring Program

Breaking the Cycles that Trap Us: Affect, Attachment, Integration, Intervention

Paul Wachtel, Ph.D.

Saturday, March 5th 2016 

9:30am - 2:30pm


Arch Street Meeting House 

320 Arch Street (corner of 4th and Arch)

Philadelphia, PA 19106 

Monthly Meeting Room

In this workshop Dr. Wachtel will highlight the ways in which the problems we work with as clinicians are organized as self-perpetuating vicious circles, making it crucial to take into account how other people in the patient’s life are drawn in as “accomplices” in the problematic life pattern. Breaking the vicious circles in which our patients are trapped requires an approach that is at once deep and active, probing and humane, promoting of insight but not getting stuck in the head. Through using a format that encourages active exchange with and participation by the attendees as well as including extensive clinical examples and an illustrative video of a session, this workshop will highlight how a comprehensive relational perspective opens pathways for integrating the strengths of the psychoanalytic point of view with those of other orientations that have become influential across the spectrum of therapeutic practice in recent decades.

Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of psychology in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College and in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He was a cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and is a past president of that organization. Among his most recent books are Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy (2008), Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy (2011) the second edition of Therapeutic Communication: Knowing What to Say When (2011), and Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self: The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society (2014). He is a Fellow of Divisions 12, 29, and 39 of the American Psychological Association.

Program Schedule:

9 - 9:30: Registration

9:30 - 11:30: Theory and lecture

11:30 - 12:30: Lunch

12:30 - 2:30: Video and Discussion

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will be able to give examples of alternative statements that address the client’s difficulties fully but approach these difficulties from the vantage point of strengths the client already possesses. 
  • Attendees will be able to describe how the cognitive-behavioral principle of exposure is evident in well formulated psychodynamic interpretations.

  • Attendees will be able to frame therapeutic comments that highlight variations in the patient’s behavior and experience

  • Attendees will be able to offer examples of how clients’ difficulties can be described in terms of vicious circles and how such descriptions are more comprehensive and not blame inducing.

  • Describe how to formulate "attributional" comments that help clients "own" insights or overcome stasis or discouragement.


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

Prior to 2/15/16 After 2/15/16:

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 in full, less a $25 administrative fee.


Online registration will be available at the PSPP website through 3/3/16. 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.


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 302-738-6859 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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