Sunday Brunch: A Treatment Approach for Treating the Pre-Oedipal Patient (Psychosis, etc.)

  • 19 Apr 2009
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at 267-254-0791 for location.

Presenter—Harold R. Stern, Ph.D.

Harold R. Stern, Ph.D. has been in private practice as a psychoanalyst for over 35 years. He is a graduate of The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), founded by Theodore Reik, and is a training analyst at that institute. He was a founder of the Center
for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and of the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis where he was a director for 20 years. He was also a Founder and Director of the Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis at the Union Graduate School. In recent years, Dr. Stern has been a con-
sultant and Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at the East European Institute of Psychoanalysis in St Petersburg, Russia where he has taught, trained and supervised many of the students over the past 14 years. Dr. Stern is the author of The Use of the Couch in Psychotherapy. His specialties are in the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, management consulting, and group psychoanalysis.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to describe the theory and techniques of the treatment of the pre-oedipal patient.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the meaning of the concepts of resistance, transference, and counter-transference.
Although the treatment of the severely mentally ill population is a big problem worldwide, the number of trained therapists available to work with these very difficult patients is very limited. To my knowledge very little in the way of systematic and well founded training is available to help therapists work successfully with difficult cases such as schizophrenia, psychosis, severe depressions and the many variations of these problems. The primary treatment offered is with medication, a process that sometimes offers help, but no cure. Basically, psychoanalysis also offered very little in the way of solving this problem. When years ago I finished my training as a psychoanalyst, I felt well equipped to work with the oedipal disorders such as neurosis, character disorders, and such, but helpless to know how to treat the large number of patients that soon filled my practice that were in the category of what I now call the preoedipal disorders. My journey of learning how to do this was long, time consuming and necessitated a transformation of myself as a therapist, but eventually was very rewarding and provided me with much satisfaction as a therapist.

Target Audience: Mental health professionals and graduate students

Instructional Level: Intermediate

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—Brunch
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Presentation
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—Discussion

Contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at 267-254-0791 for location.

These programs are open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals who may not be members. Nonmembers may attend the brunch for free, but must pay $40 if they wish to receive CE credits. Please register in advance to allow for planning of refreshments and seating arrangements. Walk-in registration is also accepted. Please return registration forms to:

Jay Moses, Ph.D.
303 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 2B
Wayne, PA 19087

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