Psychoanalytic Praxis and Theory

  • 15 Apr 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Elkins Park, PA (exact location to be emailed to registrants prior to event)
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Psychoanalytic Praxis and Theory

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Howard H. Covitz, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA
Elkins Park, PA

Reading: Freud’s 1915 Paper: The Unconscious … das Unbewusste   

An interactive seminar/roundtable on the constituent parts of the Unconscious and how they relate with each other. Freud listed three major components: Condensation of Many into One; Displacement of One to Another; and the Absence of Negation. But others were either implicit or hinted at and still-others have been discussed over the 100+ years that have passed since that paper was first published. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from contemporary practice (one person and multiple person psychologies).

Learning Objectives: After attending this program in full, participants will be able to:

  1. List relevant aspects of behaviors that are out of consciousness.
  2. Describe Conscious and Unconscious thinking.
  3. Apply their ideas of the constituent Syst. Ucs. parts of material presented by their patients and analyze their reading of an early piece of psychoanalytic writing.

Reference: Bornstein, R. F., & Masling, J. M. (1998). Empirical perspectives on the psychoanalytic unconscious. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Howard H. Covitz, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA is a late middle-aged psychologist-psychoanalyst. For many years he was Director and on the Training Faculty of The Psychoanalytic Studies Institute (PSI/IPP) in Philadelphia. His 1998/2016 Oedipal Paradigms in Collision was nominated for the Gradiva Psychoanalytic Book of the Year. He has written on the connections between Narcissism and Oedipal Development and on internecine conflict in the psychoanalytic community. He was a member of the Board of the Nat. Assoc. for the Adv. of Psychoanalysis for 10 years. His political activism arose at a point equidistant from his roles as Father, Grandfather, Citizen and Therapist. He is among the 27 therapists who contributed to the recently-published The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. He taught Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology, Biblical Characterology and Psychoanalysis from 1966 to 2011.

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

PSPP members and non-members alike may register online at the PSPP website,, by locating the brunch you would like to attend, clicking on ‘register’, and following the instructions.  Seating is limited and reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

Please cancel your registration if you are unable to attend so that your space may become available to another participant. To cancel a registration, please contact Katy Cording, Psy.D. at or 908-403-4956.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members. These programs are intended for those with an intermediate and above level of knowledge and experience.

Brunch Times and Location

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 specific 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 to 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 Kelly Bassett, MEd at 646-510-1593. 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 be reasonably construed as conflict of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.


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