Spring Brunch Series - Deep Diving

  • 19 May 2013
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Location to be e-mailed to registrants
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Deep Diving:  The Use of the Therapist's Imagination in the Development of Reflective Functioning

Noelle Burton, Psy.D

Sunday, May 19, 2013

What do we do with patients who come to us without access to feelings and without curiosity about themselves and others?   Wilfred Bion and others in the British Object Relations tradition have thought of these patients as without an internalized identification with a "K-state-of-mind", that is, without the ability to make meaning out of their experiences.  These individuals have no, or very little capacity, for reflective functioning.  How can we best facilitate the development of this particular capacity in the patient?  This part of the person may be more of a potential, rather than being any kind of operating part/function of the personality.  In the work, we can imagine this part of the patient and have faith that it can develop over time.  How does the analyst help the patient to access feelings and to form an identification/internalization with the part of the analyst/therapist that engages in reflective activity? We will examine these processes through the presentation of case material featuring a young woman who is virtually nonverbal and unable or unwilling to associate, daydream, dream, or fantasize at the beginning of the treatment.

The Presenter:

Noelle Burton, Psy.D. is a Founding Member, Faculty and Supervising Analyst, The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP); Faculty, The Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She has published on the topics of the interplay of affect and consciousness, as well as the role of dissociation in compulsive/addictive behavior.  Her most recent paper, "Getting Personal:  Thoughts on Therapeutic Action Through the Interplay of Intimacy, Affect, and Consciousness" is in the November/December 2012 issue of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Dr. Burton is a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in Haverford.

Learning Objectives

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

  • 1.       Use an understanding of the concepts of reverie and containment to facilitate the use of the therapist's imagination and intuition in helping the therapist to perceive the patient's emotional reality.
  • 2.       Discuss the process by which the patient's emotional reality can be thought about by the analytic couple, subsequently laying the foundation for reflective functioning.

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

PSPP members and non-members alike may register online at the PSPP website, www.PSPP.org, locating the brunch you would like to attend, clicking on ‘register’, and following the instructions.  Seating is limited and reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend so that your space becomes available to another participant. To cancel a reservation, please contact Emily Loscalzo, M.S. at eloscalzo@gmail.com  or 215-479-3555.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members.

Brunch Times and Locations

All Brunches will be held as follows:

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.     Brunch

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


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered.

CE Credits and Fees

Brunch attendees are eligible for 2 Continuing Education Credits.  To obtain CE credits, you must register for a brunch program. CE credits are free to PSPP members. Non-members must pay $40 per program to receive CE credits.


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, or have any questions or other concerns regarding confidentiality, privacy, access or other issues, please contact Robin Ward, Psy.D. at 610-506-5888 or email robinwardpsyd@hotmail.com.  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. 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 APA approved continuing education 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 2 Act 48 credits a few weeks after the workshop.

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