2012 PSPP Annual Fall Program | A Day with Bertram P. Karon, Ph.D., Master Clinician

  • 04 Nov 2012
  • 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Philadelphia Airport Mariott


A Day with Bertram P. Karon, Ph.D., Master Clinician


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Psychosis: The Treatment of Choice


Clinical Conversations on Difficult Therapeutic Issues

Program Description

Dr. Karon will spend the afternoon sharing his expertise and thoughts on the two topics described below. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Psychosis: The Treatment of Choice.

The treatment of choice for schizophrenics and other psychotically organized patients is psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic therapy without medication. Most patients respond. Psychoanalytic therapy with continued medication is better than medication alone, but is not nearly as effective as withdrawing the medication. Additionally, psychoanalytic therapy with medication withdrawn as rapidly as the patient can tolerate is nearly as effective.  As in any psychoanalytic therapy, change is produced both by insights and by internalizing the relationship with the analyst or therapist. Clinical topics to be discussed will include creating rational hope, dealing with feelings (including terror), depression, delusions, hallucinations, pseudo-homosexual anxiety,  and suicidal and homicidal dangers. Work with psychotically organized patients can create powerful countertransferential reactions in the clinician, including feeling confused, frightened, angry, or hopeless--frequently because these are the patient's feelings.   Though theory is helpful, it is not enough. Tolerating 'not knowing' often leads to effective improvisations. A rationale for rejecting intrusive physical interventions such as electroconvulsive therapy for psychosis will also be discussed.

Clinical Conversations on Difficult Therapeutic Issues

Time will be reserved after lunch for program attendees to raise clinical issues regarding the treatment of schizophrenic and other psychotically organized patients as well as difficult issues pertinent to other diagnostic groups.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize at least three psychotic affects and how to use this knowledge to improve treatment.
  2. Identify effective ways of working with delusions and hallucinations in treatment.
  3. Formulate new strategies for tolerating "not knowing" and improvising effectively in treatment.


Bertram P. Karon, Ph. D. 

Professor of Psychology Emeritus (2010), Michigan State University.   Former President, Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association.  Fellow, APA Divisions of Clinical Psychology, of Psychotherapy, of Psychoanalysis, and of Trauma Psychology.  Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, and in Psychoanalysis, ABPP. 2000 Award for Contributions to Ethical Human Science and Services, ISEPP; 2002 Award "for profound contributions to our psychoanalytic understanding and humane treatment of patients with severe mental disorders," ISPS-US; 2003 Distinguished Scientific Research Award, Division of Psychoanalysis; 2010 Lifetime Achievement to Date For Distinguished Contributions to Psychoanalysis Award, Psychologist Psychoanalyst Clinicians (Section 5) of the Division of Psychoanalysis. Over 165 publications, including the book (with G. R.VandenBos) Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia:  The Treatment of Choice.


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 psychoanalytic mode.

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 handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Dr. Jeanne Seitler, Psy.D. at (201) 670-4044 or e-mail jseitler@gmail.com. For any questions or other concerns regarding access, confidentiality, privacy or other issues, please contact Jeanne Seitler as well. 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.



12:30pm          Registration 

1-3pm              Bertram Karon speaks on topic of Psychoanalytic

                        Psychotherapy of Psychosis, The Treatment of


3-3:45pm         Lunch (vegetarian & non-vegetarian selections included)

3:45-4pm         Brief business meeting for PSPP members

4-5:00pm         Bertram Karon on Difficult Therapeutic Issues:

                        Audience participation in handing in

                        questions/talking points

5-5:30pm         Discussion

Registration Fees and Policies:

Registration online or postmarked by Oct 1, 2012:

PSPP Members                                    $85

Nonmembers                                        $95

Early career professionals*                  $50

Retired                                                  $35

Gradate Students                                  (Free of Charge)

Registration online or postmarked after Oct 1, 2012

PSPP Members                                    $95

Nonmembers                                        $105

Early career professionals*                  $60

Retired                                                  $45

Gradate Students                                  (Free of Charge)

* Early Career Professionals are those within three years of receiving their professional degree

Fees are listed per person. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program. Online registration is available at the PSPP website http://www.pspp.org/ through Oct 26, 2012. Following this date, participants may register for the program at the door.

If you would like to postmark your registration, please click here: 2012 Fall Program Brochure.


PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program is offered for three continuing education credits (3 CEs). 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 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.

EDUCATORS: Act 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in Pennsylvania. If you need Act 48 credits, please be sure to bring your PPID number to the conference. Act 48 credits are processed by PSPP, and you will receive a letter in the mail documenting that you have earned 3Act 48 credits a few weeks after the conference

Time, Place, Directions, Parking

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 12:30-5:30pm

Philadelphia Airport Marriott

1 Arrivals Road

Philadelphia, PA  19153

(215) 492-9000


From North/West Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Turnpike East to Mid-County Exit # 20 (I-476). Take I-476 South to I-95 North (left exit) to the Philadelphia International Airport at Exit #12. Follow Arrivals signs and bear left onto the Car Rental Return lane. Hotel is on the right.

From North New Jersey/New York & Points North: New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 5.Make left and follow 295 South to the Walt Whitman Bridge. Cross Bridge and take Interstate 95 South to the Philadelphia International Airport. Follow Arrivals signs. Hotel is on the right. (From Sussex, Morris & Somerset counties take I-287 South to 202 South to 31 South to I-95 South).

From Delaware and Points South: Interstate 95 North to the Philadelphia International Airport. Follow Arrival signs and bear left onto the Car Rental Return lane. Hotel is on right.

From South Jersey: Garden State Parkway North to the Atlantic City Expressway West. Follow signs for Route 42 North to Interstate 76 North to the Walt Whitman Bridge. Cross bridge to Interstate 95 to the Philadelphia International Airport. Follow Arrival signs. Hotel is on right.


For Hotel Parking, proceed past the Hotel on the Arriving Flights Road. Directly past Hotel on the right is the entrance to Garage C Parking. Marriott patrons can park in Garage C on the 2nd Level for discounted parking rates. After parking on this level, follow the signs to the Hotel to enter via the connecting sky bridge. Upon entering the Hotel, you may take the elevator to the first floor for the Lobby, Registration and Restaurant.


From any airline, guest should proceed to Concourse B. From Concourse B, follow signs for Baggage Claim and Marriott Hotel. Cross the Sky bridge, and enter the Hotel through the double doors. The sky bridge enters onto the 2nd floor of the Hotel, and guest may proceed to the 1st floor of the Lobby and Registration. Please note that the baggage claim at all terminals is located ground level. Should guests have baggage to retrieve, they should proceed to ground level and return to the 2nd floor, Concourse Level, to enter the Hotel.


Should you be arriving via AMTRAK: from Philadelphia Airport Marriott’s 30th Street Station. Take the R local train to the Philadelphia International Airport. Taxi Service is also available.


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