2013 PSPP Annual Spring Program: From Mind to World, From Drive to Affectivity

  • 06 Apr 2013
  • 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friends Center 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA
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2013 PSPP Annual Spring Program

From Mind to World, From Drive to Affectivity: 

A Phenomenological-Contextualist Psychoanalytic Perspective

With Robert D. Stolorow, PhD

Saturday, April 6, 2013

11:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Robert D. Stolorow is a psychoanalyst and philosopher, well known for his works on intersubjectivity theory and post-Cartesian psychoanalysis.

Important books include: Faces in a Cloud (1979, 1993), Structures of Subjectivity (1984), Psychoanalytic Treatment: An Intersubjective Approach (1987), Contexts of Being (1992), Working Intersubjectively (1997), Worlds of Experience (2002), Trauma and Human Existence (2007), and World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis (2011).


Program Description

This presentation will give an overview of the evolution of the basic ideas in Stolorow’s intersubjective-systems theory, his phenomenological- contextualist psychoanalytic perspective. This framework is phenomenological in that it investigates and illuminates worlds of emotional experience; it is contextualist in that it holds that such organizations of emotional experience always take form within relational or intersubjective contexts. Intersubjective-systems theory entails a move from mind to world and from drive to affectivity. Emotional trauma and its disruptive impact on our experience of time will be illuminated and illustrated from this perspective.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that a clinical case presentation (as part of Dr. Stolorow’s program) will be given by:

Dr. Dan Livney

He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College, and has worked at Philadelphia FIGHT, a comprehensive AIDS service organization.  Currently, he maintains a full time general private practice in Philadelphia, PA where he has a strong interest in Psychodynamic treatment for chronic pain and other conditions impacted by psychogenic influences or medical conditions with psychological sequelae. He is a student in the Adult Psychotherapy Program at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Dan also serves on the PSPP Board as Treasurer.



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

  • Engage in psychoanalytic investigation conceived as a form of phenomenological inquiry.
  • Investigate and identify the contexts in which emotional conflict and the various forms of unconsciousness take from.
  • Apply skills in investigating the context-embeddedness and existential significance of emotional trauma.


11:00 AM       Registration

11:30 AM       Opening Presentation by Dr. Stolorow

1:15 PM         Luncheon

2:00 PM         Case Presentation

3:15 PM         Break

3:30 PM         Dr. Stolorow’s Final Remarks & Discussion

4:30 PM         Program Concludes


PSPP members and non-members alike register online at the PSPP website, http://www.pspp.org/.  Under the heading ‘Upcoming Events’, click on the words “PSPP Spring Program” and then click on ‘register’, and follow the instructions.  Reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

If you need assistance with registering online, please contact Jim Bleiberg, Psy.D at jimblei@comcast.net or 610-416-4806.

Fees cover the cost of four Continuing Education Credits and Luncheon

Members                                           $90.00

Non-members                                    $110.00

Early Career Professionals*                  $50.00

Retirees                                             $50.00

Students                                            $15.00

* 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 April 5, 2013. Following this date, participants may register for the program at the door.

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.

Directions and Discounted Parking

Friends Center is located at 1501 Cherry Street, in Center City. It is a red brick building on the northwest corner of 15th and Cherry Streets, two blocks north of City Hall.  (Directions and Discounted Parking Information are listed below.)

Via SEPTA Subway or Bus

Any SEPTA bus route or subway route to the City Hall stop will place you within walking distance of Friends Center. Visit www.septa.org for more information on routes and times.

Via SEPTA Trains to Suburban Station
Take the SEPTA train to Suburban Station. This is the station between 30th Street and Market East. Exit the Station on 15th and JFK Boulevard. Turn left and walk two blocks to Friends Center, which is the red brick building on northwest corner of 15th Street between Race and Cherry Streets.

Driving Directions

From the New Jersey Turnpike exit the New Jersey turnpike at Exit 4. Follow Route 73 North to the merger with Route 90. Take Route 90 across the Betsy Ross Bridge and follow signs to I-95 south to Philadelphia. Then follow the directions below to Friends Center from I-95.

From either 1-95 or I-76 get onto the I-676 Vine Street Expressway

I-676 Eastbound exit to the right for Broad Street/Central Philadelphia. At the end of the ramp turn right onto 15th Street heading south. Friends Center is two blocks ahead on the right. Turn left into the parking lot just past Race Street.

I-676 Westbound exit to the right for Broad Street/Central Philadelphia. At the end of the ramp, you will be on 15th Street headed south. Friends Center is two blocks ahead on the right. Turn left into the parking lot just past Race Street.

Discounted Parking

Discounted parking is available on the east side of 15th Street, between Race & Cherry Street. Take your parking ticket with you, and ask the Friends Center receptionist to stamp it for the validated parking rate of $10.00 for the day.

Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program is offered for four continuing education credits (4 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

Accessibility and Non-discrimination

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. James R Bleiberg, Psy.D. at  610-416-4806 or e-mail jimblei@comcast.net. For any questions or other concerns regarding access, confidentiality, privacy or other issues, please contact Jim Bleiberg 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.

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