Sunday Brunch Series - The Making of a Psychoanalytic Therapist in the Age of the Quick Fix

  • 05 Jun 2011
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Hosted by Karen Berberian, Ph.D. Location will be e-mailed to registrants.
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The Making of a Psychoanalytic Therapist in the Age of the Quick Fix

Presenter - Dora Ghetie, Psy.D.

Becoming a psychoanalytic therapist is a difficult process, which requires significant intellectual and emotional resources. Learning about different theories of human development and psychotherapy, tolerating the intense affect often evoked in psychoanalytic sessions, listening carefully, and being willing to look within are required clinical tasks. Early career psychoanalytic therapists must also define their own identity; they have to negotiate the tension between dependence on theories and supervisors with the demand to be flexible, to find their own voice. These tasks are made more challenging by the current marginalized status of psychoanalytic therapy. Despite the fact that there are many vibrant communities of psychoanalytic practitioners, early career clinicians who favor the psychoanalytic approach are faced with mainstream attitudes that psychoanalytic therapy either does not work or is not worth the investment of time, money, and effort. Drawing from her own experience, the presenter will elaborate on these issues and provide suggestions for how psychoanalytic communities can help early career clinicians along this difficult path--it takes a village to raise a psychoanalytic therapist!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the unique challenges facing early career psychoanalytic therapists given mainstream attitudes that devalue the essential tenets of the psychoanalytic approach.
  2. Participants will learn about the developmental and clinical tasks that any early career psychoanalytic therapist must master.

Dora Ghetie, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist/Assistant Professor at West Chester University in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, where she conducts individual psychotherapy with college and graduate students and supervises doctoral trainees. She also maintains a small private practice in Swarthmore, PA, for individual psychotherapy with adults. Dr. Ghetie graduated in 2004 from the Doctor of Psychology program at Widener University. She has written on the topic of time limits in college counseling centers (published in The Journal of College Student Psychotherapy) and the role of dogs in people's lives and in therapy (to be published this year in The Psychoanalytic Review). Dr. Ghetie is a former board member of Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology and a member of IARPP.

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.  Brunch

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

Hosted by Karen Berberian, Ph.D. Location will be e-mailed to registrants.

CE Credits

To obtain CE credits, you must register for a brunch program. CE credits are free to PSPP members. Non-members must pay $40 per program to receive CE credits.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members.

1.  The target audience of this program is psychologists and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields.  The instructional level of the activity is intermediate.

2.  This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for two continuing educational credits.  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.  

3.  Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in 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.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to Jim Bleiberg, Psy.D., Chair of the PSPP Sunday Brunch Continuing Education Series, (610) 416-4806.

Please understand that PSPP members generously host the Sunday Brunch Series in their homes. This intimate setting requires that we limit the number of participants. When all seats are reserved and registration is closed, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list, contact Jim Bleiberg, Psy.D. Chair of the PSPP Sunday Brunch Continuing Education Series at or (610) 416-4806. He will keep track of your place on the waiting list and if a space becomes available due to a cancellation, he will notify you immediately.

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