Spring Brunch Series - The Tao of Psychoanalysis: Where Kohut and Mitchell meet Buddha and Lao Tzu

  • 03 Jun 2012
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Hosted by Shobhana Kanal in Bala Cynwyd. Location to be e-mailed to registrants.
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The Tao of Psychoanalysis: Where Kohut and Mitchell meet Buddha and Lao Tzu (And where, via your clinical empathy, so do you...)

Sunday, June 3, 2012 hosted by Shobhana Kanal

Presenter - Farrell Silverberg, PhD, NCPsyA

This discussion will highlight empathy as central to our work with clients.  It will include interactive sharing about the experience of empathy in treatment –- including both the obvious and non-obvious versions of co-experiencing. The presenter will offer a discussion of Kohut’s introspective empathy and draw parallels with Eastern thought, will move through the notion of empathy as an outcome of intersubjective experience, and then will take empathy a step furtherundefineda step that most of us may take from time to time while doing analytic workundefinedbut are hesitant to admit out loud for fear of our inner experience being framed as an undignified countertransference instead of an essential connection through which the deepest treatment can be conducted. This conversation will also touch upon the process of welcoming, cultivating and incorporating open-heartedness toward the client into our sessions and interventions as well as discuss the issue of maintaining an optimal balance between containing and releasing attunement-empathically gained experience.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will develop an understanding of their own experiences of empathy in conducting psychotherapy and in the countertransference in relation to Eastern concepts of compassion and co-humanity. 
  2. Attendees will better grasp the notion of a main therapeutic path of intentionally cultivating and infusing their own attunement and compassion into analytic work as opposed to viewing empathy as a sidestream to the treatment.
  3. Attendees will be able to better understand and contrast Eastern and Western views of interconnectedness and separateness as these apply to the therapy relationship (including Freud’s “oceanic” experience, Kohut’s “matrix of connection,” Ogden’s “reverie,” “experience-distant/experience-near” and “intersubjectivity”). And, attendees will be able to reconsider and possibly be more welcoming of their own subjective experiences in the treatment setting in light of these views.

Farrell Silverberg, PhD, NCPsyA,  is a clinical psychologist, a certified psychoanalyst, and the first Western student of Taopsychotherapy master Rhee Dong Shik in Seoul, Korea. Silverberg has lectured internationally and has published in journals in the United States and in Asia. He began integrating psychoanalysis and Eastern philosophy thirty years ago, and his papers on the combined technique include Therapeutic Resonance (1988), Resonance and Exchange in Contemplative Psychotherapy (2008), and, most recently, The Tao of Self Psychology: Was Heinz Kohut a Taoist Sage? (2011). Having served in hospitals and clinics over the years, Silverberg is currently a Supervising and Training psychoanalyst at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. He is currently working on a paper for IARPP that bridges the work of Stephen Mitchell and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, no less.

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 Shobhana Kanal for hosting this brunch in her Bala Cynwyd home!

Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to her 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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