Brunch Series - Not Just New Names for Old Concepts

  • 16 Mar 2014
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • St. Joseph's University
  • 1


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PSPP & IRPP Presents...
Not Just New Names for Old Concepts:

How Relational Psychoanalysis Changes What Happens in the Room in Adult and Child Treatment

Rachel Kabasakalian McKay, Ph.D.
Laurel Silber, Psy.D.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Presenters

Rachel Kabasakalian McKay, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Philadelphia.  She is Associate Director and a founding board member of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP), a current board member of PCPE, and former president of PSPP.  Dr. McKay is adjunct faculty at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University.

Laurel Moldawsky Silber, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents and their families in private practice in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is adjunct faculty at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University and on faculty of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. She is past President of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education and founding member of the Philadelphia Declaration of Play. She has published articles on the intergenerational transmission of trauma.

Brief Summary of the Program

Philip Bromberg has noted that people come to therapy with the paradoxical wish to stay the same while changing, and perhaps this is true for psychoanalysis as well.  Nonetheless, people do change in ways that are meaningful -- sometimes dramatically so, as does the field. 

There is widespread interest (and perhaps, skepticism) about just how different Relational Psychoanalytic work really is, and at least as important, why and how the difference matters.  Drs. McKay and Silber will talk about some ways in which what happens in the room in Relational treatment, in adult and child work, respectively, is distinctive and how it changes the way the therapy is experienced by both participants.       

Beyond this, we hope that the participants will come prepared to engage in lively discussion - -even debate - -about the points raised.

Learning Objectives

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

  • 1.       Identify at least one distinguishing characteristic of adult Relational treatment.
  • 2.       Identify at least one distinguishing characteristic of child Relational treatment. 


This brunch will be held at St. Joseph's University. It will be held in the North Lounge in the Campion Student Center.

Free parking will be available in the Hawk's Landing garage--- accessible via 54th St. (near the Cosi and campus bookstore).

*****Please do not park in the lot directly adjacent to the Campion Student Center as this is a permit parking only lot.*****

There will be courtesy shuttle service from Hawk's Landing to Campion Student Center from 10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and return service 1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Once inside Campion Student Center look for signs directing you to the North Lounge. 

Here is a campus map:

Campion is Building 15 on this map.

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

PSPP members and non-members alike may register online at the PSPP website,, 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, PsyD. at  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  If you have concerns about such issues as handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Valerie Wilson, PhD 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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