The Unseen Spouse: Pitfalls and Possibilities for the Individual Therapist Presented by Carla Leone, PHD

posted Jun 21, 2018, 8:05 AM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Jun 21, 2018, 8:07 AM ]

Monday, August 6, 2018
8:30-11:30 AM
8:00 Registration | 8:30 Presentation (3 CEUs) 

The Lovett Center
900 Lovett Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(Free Parking and Complimentary Valet)

A CLINICAL INTENSIVE
Open to HPS Members Only through
July 6, then open to the public.
- - Limited to 25 Participants - -

Clinical Intensive Registration Fees
Early Bird Registration through July 20, 2018
Active/Friend Members $90 | Student Members $40
Non Members $110
Registration After July 20, 2018
Active/Friend Members $110 | Student Members $50
Non-members: $130
Individual therapists often hear a great deal about our patients’ spouses or partners, and naturally develop ideas and beliefs about that unseen other and the causes of any relationship difficulties the patient reports. Not uncommonly, therapists can lose touch with the fact that their impressions of an unseen spouse are constructions that have emerged from the transference/countertransference field, based on only partial or limited information—not veridical truths. The Monday clinical intensive will focus on Dr. Leone’s paper “The Unseen Spouse: Pitfalls and Possibilities for the Individual Therapist”, published in Psychoanalytic Dialogues which will be emailed to registrants.  Dr. Leone will begin by highlighting the basic tenets of her contemporary self psychological approach to individual and couples treatment. She will then summarize the major points of her paper and illustrate them using additional clinical examples including those applied by participants.
OBJECTIVES
1. Attendees will be able to describe the phenomenon in which individual therapists develop a strong view of their individual patient’s significant other and seemingly forget that their impressions are based only on information that has emerged from the transference/contertransference field.
2. Attendees will be able to list several factors that can contribute to the development of this problem and ways to avoid them.
3. Attendees will be able to describe at least three ways individual therapists can respond therapeutically to patients’ complaints about their significant other without slipping into the problematic pitfalls described.

 Carla Leone, Ph.D. is the director of a group private practice in a Chicago suburb and on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, where she co-teaches a course on Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy. She is an elected member of the governing council of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP), chair and co-founder of that organization’s Couples Therapy Interest Group, and recently co-chaired the 2017 IAPSP annual conference. She is the author of several published papers on self-psychologically informed couples and family therapy and is currently working on a book on couples therapy to be published by Routledge, tentatively titled Rebuilding Connections, Repairing Ruptures:  A Self Psychological Couples Therapy Casebook.  She has presented nationally and internationally on these topics.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners/presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Psychodynamic Themes in the Treatment of Adults Who Were Adopted as Infants Presented by Richard Michael, PhD

posted Mar 19, 2018, 4:43 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 4:49 PM ]

Saturday, April 14, 2018
                                                                         
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
8:30 Networking | 9:00 Presentation (3 CEUs)
The Council on Recovery - Houston
303 Jackson Hill St
Houston, TX 77007
CEU Fees
Active Members: $75
Friends: $100
Non-members: $125
Students: $25

This workshop will discuss some psychodynamic themes observed in adults who were adopted in infancy as these emerge over the course of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic treatment. Particular attention will be directed to issues of identity formation and  object relations as they emerge in the context of phantasies of birth parents and adoptive family relationships. There has not been a great deal of attention paid to the topic of adoption in the psychoanalytic literature, however we will review some relevant  contributions before discussing observations and themes in clinical case examples. 

OBJECTIVES
1. Describe themes observed in the separation/individuation struggles of adopted adolescents.
2. Describe some of  the special challenges encountered in the resolution of “family romance” phantasies for adopted children.
3. Describe how fantasies of birth parents can evolve and serve various psychological functions over the course of development.

Dr. Richard Michael is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies—Houston/Austin where he is also Chair of the Curriculum Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and trained clinically at:  McLean Hospital, The Cambridge Hospital, and Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, where he subsequently served on the supervisory faculty for 13 years and was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He began his psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and graduated from the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. In his many years in the Boston area,  he held clinical, administrative and supervisory positions at a number of public and private inpatient and outpatient facilities,  including as: Clinical Director of the Newton-Wellesley-Weston Multi-Service Center, Clinical Supervisor of the Inpatient Adult & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at New England Memorial Hospital, Stoneham, MA, and, subsequently, Director of Psychology, and Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services at that hospital. Prior to moving to Austin, Dr. Michael maintained a private practice in Newton, MA and for years consulted to the staffs of several residential programs for chronically mentally ill patients. He currently lives and maintains a private practice in Austin, providing psychoanalysis, individual, group and couple psychotherapy as well as clinical consultation and supervision.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 



Do We Have Fantasies, Or Do They Have Us? Ethics and the Imagination in Psychotherapy

posted Feb 28, 2018, 2:46 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 4:48 PM ]

Presented by Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD,LPC
Collaborative Presentation with the Jung Center
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:30 AM- 12:00 PM
8:30 Networking | 9:00 Presentation (3 CEUs)
The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
CEU Fees
Active Members: $75  |  Friends: $100
Non-members: $125  |  Students: $25

Are there right and wrong ways to imagine, things we should or should not feel, think, desire? Our greatest innovations, works of art, acts of compassion emerge from the human imagination. As do our horrific atrocities. How we imagine matters. But the imagination is not a tool at our ready disposal, to direct as we will.
Therapists work in an intersubjective imaginal field. Jung suggested that, “Every psychic process is an image and an imagining.” Our imaginations fill with the experiences, conscious and unconscious, of our clients, and those experiences interact with our own in ways that are mysterious and as potentially destructive as they are potentially transformative--for them and for us. Our imaginings of our clients, our fantasies of and with them, come unbidden. Rather than attempting to ignore or control those fantasies, however, we can learn how to host them in ways that honor.

OBJECTIVES
1. To Illustrate the role of the imagination in psychotherapy.
2. Describe ethical models drawn from analytical psychology and the philosophy of  Emmanuel Levinas.
3. Describe cultural and philosophical models of the imagination.
4. Outline key techniques for hosting fantasy with an ethical attitude in the clinical setting.


Psychotic Symptoms, Mystical Experiences: Applying the Methodologies of St.Teresa of Avila to Contemporary Clinical Practices presented by Dr. Catherine Stevenson

posted Jan 19, 2018, 8:45 AM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Jan 19, 2018, 2:29 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society ]

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
7:00-9:00 PM
7:00 Networking | 7:30 Presentation (1.5 CEUs) 
The Council on Recovery - Houston
303 Jackson Hill St
Houston, TX 77007
This event is free and open to the public. 
Free parking on the north side of the building.
CEU Fees
Members & Students: No Charge
Friends: $20 | Non-members: $40
This presentation considers how to evaluate the sometimes extraordinary experiences patients present. After first discussing what mystical experiences are from Eastern, Western, Freudian and Jungian perspectives, the presentation will explore how to differentiate mystical experience from psychosis.

OBJECTIVES
1. To create awareness of the mystical variations of experiences in clinical patients.
2. To explore how to differentiate mystical experience from psychosis.

Dr. Catherine Stevenson is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Houston, Texas.  She trained at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, moving to Houston as part of the Menninger-Baylor College of Medicine merger to complete her residency. Psychoanalytic studies, begun at the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, were completed at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute after the move. A former President of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society, Dr. Stevenson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor, where she teaches and supervises residents in psychotherapy, and a member of the faculty of the Center For Psychoanalytic Studies.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

To (Inadvertently) Catch a Predator: Mediating the Risks of Practicing Psychotherapy in the Digital Age Connie Ittner, LCSW, CGP Lauren Walther, LCSW, LCDC

posted Jan 8, 2018, 7:46 AM by CFPS Information

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
7:00-9:00 PM
7:00 Networking | 7:30 Presentation (1.5 CEUs)
The Council on Recovery - Houston
303 Jackson Hill St
Houston, TX 77007
This event is free and open to the public. 
Free parking on the north side of the building.
CEU Fees
Members & Students: No Charge
Friends: $20 | Non-members: $40 



Connie Ittner, LCSW, CGP, is a Social Worker in private practice in the Heights, Houston, Texas. Connie completed a post-graduate fellowship on the Professionals in Crisis Unit at The Menninger Clinic after earning her Masters of Social Work from The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in 2013. She is in the process of completing a two-year curriculum covering psychoanalytic theory and the technique of psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. Connie is a Certified Group Psychotherapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association. 

Lauren Walther, LCSW, LCDC received her master’s in social work from Smith College in Northampton, MA in 2011. After graduation, she pursued further clinical training as a postgraduate social work fellow at the Menninger Clinic on the Professionals in Crisis Unit (PIC). In 2012, she became a licensed chemical dependency counselor to better serve the needs of clients with addictions issues. She joined the staff at Menninger upon completion of her fellowship in 2012. She worked as a staff social worker on the Professionals in Crisis Unit (2011-2013) and as an addictions counselor and staff social worker at the Pathfinder Program, the Menninger Clinic’s community integration program (2013-2017). She has also been working in a private practice since 2013.

How does group therapy training make us better individual psychotherapists? Presented by Aaron H. Fink, MD, CGP, FAGPA Collaborative meeting with HGPS

posted Oct 30, 2017, 11:08 AM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society   [ updated Oct 30, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM
7:00 Networking | 7:30 Presentation (1.5 CEUs)
The Council on Recovery - Houston
303 Jackson Hill St
Houston, TX 77007
This event is free and open to the public. 
Free parking on the north side of the building.
CEU Fees
Members & Students: No Charge
Friends: $20 | Non-members: $40 
Dr. Fink will explore how his work as an individual psychotherapist has been impacted by his formal and informal group training experiences. Clinical examples will be presented.  The objectives will be to become familiar with models of group therapy training, to understand similarities and differences in group and individual therapy training, and to increase awareness of interpersonal issues in our patients.   Aaron H. Fink, MD is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in private practice. He coordinates the psychiatry residents’ group therapy training program at Baylor College of Medicine where he is an Associate Professor. He also has a teaching appointment at UT Houston Medical School.  Dr. Fink has served as president of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society on two occasions. He co-chaired the Child and Adolescent Special Interest Group of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He is also past president of the Houston Psychiatric Society.  Click Here for More Information



Wednesday, October 11th, 2017- Treatment challenges with masochostic and self-defeating patients Presented by Glen Gabbard, MD

posted Sep 19, 2017, 8:09 AM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society   [ updated Oct 30, 2017, 10:59 AM ]


Thursday, August 24th, 2017- Moonlight (2016)- August Film Series

posted Aug 21, 2017, 12:02 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society

Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 7PM
Watch: Moonlight (2016)
Synopsis: The 2017 Oscar recipient for best picture is a gorgeously rendered, paradigm breaking film made by a black writer, director, and cast. This coming-of-age story portrays the excruciating struggle of an emotionally abused boy named Chiron growing up with his crack-addicted mother, and without a father, in the projects outside Miami in the 1980’s. What saves Chiron may be his childhood connection to the local drug dealer, Juan, who is internalized as a paternal figure and a loving, internalized attachment.
Followed by: Barbara Mosbacher, PhD, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Houston. She is a past president of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society and is currently on the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.  She is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytical Association, and the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance.

Home/Body

posted Aug 19, 2017, 5:22 PM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Aug 19, 2017, 5:32 PM ]

Home/Body - 
Presented by Gemma Marangoni Ainslie, PhD

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 
7:00-9:00 PM

7:00 Networking | 7:30 Presentation (1.5 CEUs)

The Council on Recovery - Houston
303 Jackson Hill St, Houston, TX 77007

This event is free and open to the public.
Free parking on the north side of the building.

CEU Fees
Members & Students: No Charge
Friends: $20 | Non-Members: $40

This presentation will begin with tracing the history of the psychoanalytic home office setting from Freud’s in Vienna, which clearly had implications for the developing theory of psychoanalysis, through current commentary on home offices. The emphasis will be on the intimate qualities of bodily experience for both analyst/therapist and patients when the physical space is obviously related to the therapist’s non-analytic life and on themes that intimacy underscores. Recent controversies as to the seductive quality of home office settings will be reviewed with an eye towards appreciating the different and additional experiences that seeing patients in one’s home inevitably evoke in both members of the therapeutic dyad. Clinical material will highlight heightened embodied and enacted themes, especially those related to spaces other than the consulting room – e.g., doorways and their related views, waiting area furnishings, the bathroom - as well as the additional potential countertransferential pressures brought to bear when seeing patients in one’s home.This is an intermediate-level presentation, and Dr. Ainslie will read portions of her paper to the audience.

OBJECTIVES
  1. To understand legal considerations in establishing a home office for the practice of psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis.
  2. To understand ethical considerations for the establishment of a home office for the practice of psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis.
  3. To consider potential transferential and counter transferential implications of the home office, especially as they relate to the body.

Gemma Marangoni Ainslie is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a Fellow and a Diplomate of The Academy of Psychoanalysis in the American Psychological Association. As well as being on the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Gemma has been a visiting faculty member at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has served as Member-at-Large on the Division 39 Board, and as President of the Sections of Local Chapters, of Women, Gender and Psychoanalysis, and of Psychologist-Psychoanalyst Practitioners. Gemma has presented nationally and internationally on topics such as countertransferential aspects of dream
interpretation, psychoanalysis and the arts (film, poetry), metaphor, and gender development. She is a member of the Editorial Board of PsyCritiques, and among her publications is co-editorship of Psychoanalytic Reflections on a Gendr-free Case: Into the Void. Her private practice includes treatment of adults, adolescents, and childr en, as well as supervision and consultation. Gemma was the Founding President of ASPP.

RSVP www.HoustonPsychoanalytic.org OR 713-524-0790
FOR MORE INFORMATION info@houstonpsychoanalytic.org

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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