Brunch Series - Bearing Transience and Finding Permanence

  • 18 May 2014
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Wynnewood
  • 7


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Bearing Transience and Finding Permanence:

Reflections on my Work with Dying Patients

Deborah Seagull, PhD

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Presenter

Dr. Deborah Seagull earned her doctorate at The Derner Institute at Adelphi University in NY specializing in psychoanalytic and health psychology.  She has worked at the cancer center at Pennsylvania Hospital for the last eight years working with patients, families, and groups who were coping with this illness.  She is currently in private practice in Center City with a continued focus on this population. 

Brief Summary of the Program

In this presentation, I will reflect on my work with terminal cancer patients, and what I find effective. I will cover psychoanalytic and relational ideas including aggression of the dying patient, attachment, and attunement.  I will provide case examples that demonstrate why this treatment is important despite there being no promise of a more hopeful future, and how therapy can ease the burden of feeling alone even in the ultimate separation of death.  I will also give case examples of how conducting supervision with students working with palliative cases is quite distinct from a different population, and how students' need something different than in general outpatient supervision.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss the emotional complexity of working with dying patients; and identify several  psychoanalytic conflicts that arise at the end of life.
  2. To be able to identify analytic principles that guide work with dying patients and give comfort and ease psychic alone-ness in the face of death.


Wynnewood, PA

Location will be e-mailed to registrants.

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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