Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of  Cancer Patients Norman Straker, M.D. at NYPSI

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NYPSI EXTENSION COURSE:    January 16 – 30, 2020 Thursdays, 7:15 – 8:45 pm 3 classes  /  $115 Location: NYPSI (247 East 82nd Street, NYC)
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NYPSI Extension Course: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Cancer Patients
This course will provide the therapist with an introduction to psychoanalytic psychotherapy for cancer patients and their families. The first session will address the unique challenges for the therapist  of helping the patient face cancer at various stages of the disease. Death anxiety in both the patient and therapist has tended to result in avoiding this painful discussion in psychotherapy at all stages of the disease. Session two focuses on how countertransference avoidance of death can best be managed by interventions that are based on empirical studies and forty years of clinical experience. These new interventions can now permit the therapist to be fully present for the dying patient. Session three will highlight the challenges facing the spouses of dying cancer patients, including preparation for death and managing grief and mourning. A video “The Courage to Survive: Facing the Loss of Your Soul Mate” will illustrate the psychoanalytic treatment of a spouse during the terminal phrase of his wife’s illness and after her death.

Norman Straker, M.D. is Clinical Professor, Weill Cornell Medical Center; Consultant, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Attending Psychiatrist, New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is the author of Facing Cancer and the Fear of Death: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Treatment. Dr. Straker is on the faculty of NYPSI.


Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1) Describe the emotional reactions of the patient and family members to the challenges posed by a cancer diagnosis, including facing death.
2) Describe the emotional reactions of psychotherapists to terminally ill cancer patients and how their countertransferences can best be managed.
3) Describe the psychotherapeutic management of death anxiety, based on an application of two empirically based studies that have been modified to fit within a psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of (4.5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Important disclosure information for all learners

None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


None of the planners or presenters of this CE program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Social Workers

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0317.

Persons with disabilities

The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.


247 East 82nd Street, NY, NY 10028 | 212.879.6900 |

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