Spring Brunch Series - "It's not your father's mental conflict..."

  • 15 Apr 2012
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Hosted by Peter Badgio in Narberth. Location to be e-mailed to registrants.
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"It's Not Your Father's Mental Conflict..."

Psychic Conflict: Its central role in psychoanalytic thinking--its evolution as a concept and its enduring place in clinical work

Sunday, April 15, 2012 hosted by Peter Badgio

Presenter - Michael Kowitt, PhD, ABPP

Psychic conflict was and remains a major component of psychoanalytic thinking over the last 115 years. In this program, we will use clinical examples to demonstrate the ubiquity and importance of mental conflict in psychological life.  We will examine the shifting understanding of this topic from Freud through the austere era of ego psychology, through the general abandonment of libido theory, and on through more current psychological and object related conceptions.  In the course of this discussion, we will note the developing complexity of the classical model to its high point in the post-war era, followed by the growing trend toward simplification and the use of more ad hoc formulations.  We will also explore the enduring role of psychic conflict as it has been shaped and influenced by growing perspectives on trauma, formulations around narcissism, and interpersonal processes. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the therapeutic utility of mental conflict as it occurs in a wide array of clinical manifestations.  
  2. Participants will be able to describe the evolution of the concept from its early forms through many modifications up to the present.   

Michael Kowitt, PhD, ABPP, is Director of Psychology at Pennsylvania Hospital, UPHS.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.  He is also on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia where he is a Training and Supervising Analyst.  He has a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Center City and in Bala Cynwyd.  Michael is also a past president of PSPP.

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.  Brunch

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


Many thanks to Peter Badgio for hosting this program in his Narberth home!

Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to his home.


This program is intended for mental health professionals with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominately psychoanalytic mode.

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during these presentations, of if you have concerns about such issues as handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Dr. Patricia Rice at (267) 259-6816 or email ricepg@gmail.com. Participants with special needs will be accommodated if possible. For any questions or other concerns regarding access, confidentiality, privacy or other issues, please contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at (267) 254-0791 or email mjaymoses@gmail.com.  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 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.

Continuing Education

PSYCHOLOGISTS:  This program is offered for 2 continuing education credits (2.0 CE). 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. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS:  Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive continuing education from continuing education providers approved by the APA.  Since PSPP is approved by APA to sponsor continuing education, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirement by attending PPA continuing education programs.

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