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

  • 20 Mar 2016
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Location disclosed upon registration for event.
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2016 PSPP Brunch Series

Psychoanalytic Practice in the Real World
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Kelly Bassett, M.Ed., Dan Livney, Psy.D., and Courtney L. Slater, Ph.D 

This panel seeks to explore some of the challenges of practicing psychodynamic/psychoanalytic work in a society and time when deep and nuanced talk therapy is viewed as not evidenced-based or as an outmoded or ineffective style of psychotherapy. The panelists will address both strengths of psychodynamic work as well as real-life challenges encountered by practitioners. Additionally, the panel will describe how these clinicians speak to and explain to patients and to referring providers what it is that we do, why we do it, and how it is reparative and curative.  

Sometimes patients come to us expecting a quick fix, a focus on behavior at the expense of emotions, a privileging of symptoms over root cause, and a way to quickly and easily quantify change—expectations perhaps set up by their referring providers, the health insurance companies, and our larger fast-paced and instant gratification culture. The reality that psychodynamic work is evidence-based, and effective, is often lost in the mix. Whether one works in private practice or is responsible for notes that strike a non-psychodynamic tone in a clinic or agency setting, we have to be aware of both societal expectations as well as the strengths and evidence-based rationalizations for our style of work; including the ways in which it differs—and doesn't—from other kinds of psychotherapies. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name two advantages and two challenges of working psychodynamically in a societal and medical context.
  2. Describe how to explain to patients and to referring medical providers the strengths of a psychodynamic way of working.


Kelly Bassett, M.Ed. is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Voorhees, NJ. She did her psychoanalytic training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City and sits on the board of PSPP and the Therapy Center of Philadelphia.


Dr. Dan Livney is in private practice in Conshohocken, as well as on staff at the University of Pennsylvania Section of Geriatric Psychiatry, and consults to the Psychiatry and Bariatric Departments of Chestnut Hill Hospital. He currently serves as President of PSPP.


Dr. Courtney Slater is a licensed clinical psychologist who recently opened a private practice in Philadelphia, PA.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, where she specializes in working psychodynamically with issues related to religion/spirituality. 

Brunch Times and Locations 

All brunches will be held as follows: 

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.       Brunch 

11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.         Presentation and Discussion 


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered. All brunches will be held in Philadelphia proper or the surrounding suburban areas.  


PSPP Members:          Free 

Non-Members:           $40 per brunch 


Registration fees cover attendance at the workshop, 2 CEUs, and brunch. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. For paying non-members, refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.


Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 2 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 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.


Responsibility for Program Content

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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 accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content, or other complaints, please contact Dr. Courtney Slater at 562-631-8410 or courtney.l.slater@gmail.comThere 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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