2016 PSPP Brunch Series || How Can Pragmatism Affect Contemporary Analytic Thinking and Practice? Philip J. Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

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

How Can Pragmatism Affect Contemporary Analytic Thinking and Practice?


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Philip J. Rosenbaum, Ph.D. 


The goal of this presentation is to (re)introduce American pragmatism into the landscape of contemporary psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Since psychoanalysis has undergone the “relational turn”, embracing postmodern thinking and distancing itself from classical ego psychology, ideas of how the self is understood, the role of the analyst’s authority and influence, and the nature of transference and counter transference, to name a few, have all gone through significant change. We are now very much in the middle of redefining and thinking about these ideas. This presentation will argue that including pragmatism into contemporary thinking is not only timely, but also potentially crucial, as it provides a significant body of writing and thinking about these ideas that many contemporary theorists and practitioners would feel familiar with. 


This presentation will introduce the reader to a few of these ideas, including the pragmatic maxim and the importance of interpretation (and semiotics or signs) for active meaning making. Links to current thinking and thinkers and contemporary practice will be made. This presentation will argue that pragmatism is well suited for thinking and living in today’s highly uncertain and complex world as it is particularly well suited to exploring and understanding how meaning is made, subjectivity experienced, and how relationships work. 


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the pragmatic maxim as described by Charles Peirce and William James.
  2. Identify at least two ways that pragmatic philosophy has impacted current popular ideas in psychoanalysis and how “thinking pragmatically” is beneficial to clinical practice. 


Philip J. Rosenbaum, PhD is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, and the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Haverford College. He also has a private practice in Center City Philadelphia. He received his psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. He is the editor of the recently published book Making Our Ideas Clear: Pragmatism and Psychoanalysis.  

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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