WCSPP Annual Conference

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How the Therapist’s Humanity Interacts with the Therapeutic Ideal

Keynote Speakers: Irwin Hirsch, Ph.D., Marc Rehm, Ph.D., Joyce Slochower, Ph.D., Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D. Moderator, Linda Fleischman, LCSW Saturday, November 23, 2019 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Renaissance Hotel 80 West Red Oak Lane, West Harrison, NY

About this conference:
The influence of the therapist’s unconscious participation in clinical work has often been examined. This conference will focus instead on the clinical and ethical considerations when therapists are conscious of their needs and desires and consider how their humanity potentially impacts the therapeutic dyad and the patient. Four experienced therapists will present papers illustrating treatments during which they thoughtfully explored how to understand the complex interaction between the therapist’s humanity and the therapeutic ideal.

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Continental Breakfast and Check-In (8:30 – 9:00 am)
Morning Program (9:00 am – 12:00 pm):  Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D. will present a paper, “Bad Faith and Analytic Failure,” describing an unusual case where she knowingly accommodated her self-interest and chose to end the treatment. Consequently, repair following a rupture in the dyad was precluded. In his paper, “Bad Faith and the Flawed Analyst,” Irwin Hirsch, Ph.D. will respond to Dr. Weisel-Barth’s paper and further explore how analysts can pursue self-interest, exhibiting “bad faith” in a number of ways: consciously ignoring unfolding enactments, failing to use their countertransference productively, or allowing factors in their personal lives to interfere with optimal engagement with patients. As moderator, Linda Fleischman, LCSW will reflect on the overarching themes of the conference. She will moderate a question and answer period and the panel discussion to follow.
Lunch (12:00 – 1:00 pm) Provided.
Afternoon Program (1:00 – 3:00 pm): Joyce Slochower, Ph.D. will present a clinical vignette in her paper, “Ending Analysis with Eyes Wide Shut,” about her struggles regarding whether to comply with a patient’s request to maintain a post-analysis friendship. She describes the nuanced exploration needed to reconcile the desire of the analyst and/or patient to continue a relationship rather than engaging in the “therapeutically ideal” termination process. In his paper, “With a Little Help from My Patients,” Marc Rehm, Ph.D. will discuss how the therapist deals with the potential impact of personal life challenges and losses on the therapeutic relationship. A question and answer period and panel discussion with all the speakers will follow, moderated by Linda Fleischman, LCSW.

NYS Mental Health Practitioners: Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers #SW-0063, Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0027, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040, Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0075 and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0028.

CT Social Workers and other Mental Health Practitioners: This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the requirements for continuing education criteria for CT Social Workers licensure renewal. The program also meets the continuing education criteria for CT LMSWs, LMFTs, LPs and licensed psychologists.

Psychologists: WCSPP is co-sponsoring this program with the Westchester Center of Psychological Education (WCPE). WCPE maintains responsibility for the CE program and is approved by APA to offer CE credits for psychologists.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
1. Distinguish two kinds of bad faith and how they manifest in therapy;
2. Apply the concept of bad faith to their own therapeutic work;
3. Use their negative countertransference in ways that may enhance the therapy;
4. Describe the space between theory and practice as it affects termination; and
5. Imagine the ability to make therapeutic progress when either therapist and/or patient sees what is ahead of them as frightening or unacceptable.

Who should attend:  Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, nurses, creative arts therapists, graduate students.

If requesting CE hours, a completed evaluation must be submitted online through WCSPP’s Survey Monkey after the conference and before midnight December 2nd, 2019.
Irwin Hirsch, Ph.D. is faculty, supervisor and former Director, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; distinguished visiting faculty, William Alanson White Institute; Adjunct clinical professor of psychology and supervisor, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NYU; faculty and supervisor, The National Training Program, NIP; and author of five books and more than 80 journal articles and book chapters.

Joyce Slochower, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita at CUNY and faculty at NYU Post-Doc, Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies, Stephen Mitchell Center, and PINC in San Francisco. In addition to over 90 articles, second editions of her books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective and Psychoanalytic Collisions, were released in 2014. She is co-editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of De-Idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique From Within and Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique.

Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D. is a training analyst and supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles; Book Review Editor for Psychoanalysis, Self and Context; Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; and a frequent speaker and contributor to psychoanalytic conferences and publications.

Marc Rehm, Ph.D. is on the faculty of WCSPP and is an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis. He supervises postdoctoral fellows at Barnard College’s Furman Counseling Center as well as doctoral candidates in clinical psychology at Adelphi University’s Derner School of Psychology and at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He is also on the staff of Northern Westchester Hospital.

Moderator: Linda Fleischman, LCSW, is on the teaching and supervisory faculty of WCSPP. She is the Director of WCSPP’s Supervisory Training Program.

Conference Committee: Janet Shimer, LCSW, MBA (Chairperson), Constance Haslett, Ph.D, (Assistant Chairperson), Wade Anderson, Ph.D, Nancy Bottger, LCSW, Ann Crane, Psy.D, Bilha Goldberg, LCSW, Carol Mahlstedt, Psy.D, Randi Roth, Ph.D.

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