2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE OBJECT RELATIONS INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

Temporality In Psychoanalytic Treatment:
Object Relations Perspectives On Working Through
Before, Now, and Beyond

Date: Saturday March 25, 2023, 9:30 am — 4:30 pm EDT/ NYC time
Location: Virtual participation only!

Panelists:

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA:
“Working Through Blocks to Creative Self Expression: Evolving Developmental and Transferential Dialogues, Dreams, and Desires, as we Move Towards the Future”

Loray Daws, PhD: “Feeling True to One’s Self: Developmental Mourning,
the Abandonment Depression, and the Importance of Communicative Matching
in Supporting and Vitalizing the Emergent Self”

Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW‑R, NCPsyA: “The Basic Fault and the New Beginning”

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION:

The organic psychological development towards the future is a back-and-forth Object Relations process. One way to visualize it is the movement from the Kleinian paranoid-schizoid to the depressive position, and back to the paranoid-schizoid. Another way — is from Margaret Mahler’s separation-individuation process: from the practicing period to the rapprochement stage. Or, there is Michael Balint’s “basic fault”: back into regression, and forward to the “new beginning.”

Growth is always forward and back! Moving towards the future is a movement forward in the clinical process that lunges backward, and thrusts forward again. Winnicott imagines the transitional space and time for this. Who in psychoanalysis has spoken of a theory of the future, who are the few?

First we have Freud’s concept and theme of “working through.” Then we have the American Hans Loewald, who dared to confront classical psychoanalysts with the role of an individual desire towards future evolution, by specifying a new drama, the drama of Freud’s ego-ideal. What? A desire that is not limited to libidinal drive, but rather a desire that employs the ego in an aspiring direction?

Some modern theorists have gotten the hint. In the latest books of two American theorists, Frank Summers (Psychoanalytic Vision, 2013) and Lew Aron (Dramatic Dialogues, 2018), we are presented with clinical cases that speak about the analyst being cognizant of her/his patient’s future. In Dramatic Dialogues, Lew Aron refers back to the British neo-Kleinian Wilfred Bion, who wrote the profound Memoirs of the Future, while proposing his own concept of “prospective function.” Lewis Aron (2018) writes: “For Bion, as for Jung, the unconscious is not only primitive, but is creative” (p. 135).

Also, in America, we have been brought forward through a dialectic of psychotherapist and patient, described by James Masterson (1988) as “communicative matching” (in The Borderline Adult). Based on a developmental Object Relations theory, where the internal world grows through Mahler’s linear progression from the conflicts and trials of rapprochement to “on the way to object constancy,” the psychoanalytic psychotherapist can engage in an intimate collaboration with a patient’s future growth — through engaging with the patient’s creative ideas. The negative transference can be analyzed, so that this forward movement comes about, and “working through” transforms into the back-and-forth of “communicative matching.” Dealing with object loss through “developmental mourning” (Kavaler-Adler) is intricately related to the back-and-forth that can ultimately move forward into the new, unique, and authentic self that is nurtured by “communicative matching.”

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (in EDT/NYC time):
Morning:
9:30 am – 10:00 am – Same Day Registration & Virtual Tech Assistance
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – 
12:00pm – 12:30 pm – Lunch
Afternoon
12:30 pm – 3:40 pm – 
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm – General Q&A

LEARNING POINTS

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:

  • Discuss temporality in object relations psychoanalytic treatment as a back-and-forth psychological development: from  Kleinian paranoid-schizoid to the depressive position; Margaret Mahler’s separation-individuation process, from the practicing period to the rapprochement stage; from Michael Balint’s “basic fault” back into regression, and forward to the “new beginning.
  • Discuss James Masterson’s and Margaret Mahler’s “Communicative Matching” as a “working through” process of becoming “true to one’s self.”
  • Compare the phenomena of Developmental Mourning, Abandonment Depression, and Communicative Matching in supporting and vitalizing the emergent self.
  • Discuss the importance of communicative matching as part of the working through phase of an analysis with the disorders of self.
  • Discuss Communicative Matching as added developmental (individuation) support preparing the analysand for further separation from his/her own analysis.
  • Apply the process of working through blocks to creative self-expression in one’s life and practice.
  • Analyze evolving developmental and transferential dialogues, dreams, and desires, as one moves towards the future.
  • Apply evolving developmental and transferential dialogues, dreams, and desires in one’s life and practice.

BIOs of the PANELISTS

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, hDLitt, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, who has been in practice in Manhattan for 45 years. In addition to treating individuals and couples, she conducts ongoing groups in her practice, such as a monthly writing group, a monthly online experiential supervision group, and a monthly “Mourning, Therapy, and Support Group” with guided visualization. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a Training Analyst, Senior Supervisor and active faculty member at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, a NYS Board of Regents chartered psychoanalytic training institute.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author, with published six books and over 70 articles and book chapters in the field of object relations psychoanalytic theory. Dr. Kavaler-Adler received 16 awards for her psychoanalytic writing. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Controversial Conversations (IJCC). More information can be found at https://kavaleradler.com/.

Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NPsyA, B. Music — is the Supervisor, Training Analyst, Faculty of NPAP and IEA; Dean of Students, IEA; Instructor/Faculty, Training Analyst, Training Supervisor, ORI. She is the former staff psychotherapist at the Lower East Side Service Center’s Drug-Free Outpatient Program. Stefanie Teitelbaum is in private psychoanalytic practice in New York City.

Loray Daws, PhD, is a registered Clinical Psychologist in South Africa and British Columbia (Canada), and is currently in private practice in British Columbia (Canada). Dr. Daws has published and works in the areas of Daseinsanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy (disorders of self, psychosomatic difficulties), and mental health ethics. Dr. Daws serves as a Senior Faculty member at the International Masterson Institute in New York and both teaches and supervises in South Africa, Australia, U.S.,  and Turkey in the psychoanalytic approach to disorders of the Self. He is currently a fourth-year candidate in training at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Loray Daws is the editor of 5 books, and he also serves as the assistant editor for the Global Journal of Health Sciences in Canada, as the evaluator and international advisory board member for the International Journal of Psychotherapy, and the assistant editor for EPIS (Existential Psychoanalytic Institute and Society).

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

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Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORIPP).  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis.  Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  23.0 hours

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirements
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirement
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held)*, OK, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
* OK accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities. For all ethics and/or online courses, an application is required.
MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)
Amedco SW CPE 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 #0115. 23.0 hours

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 23.0 hours

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee: $25 (in addition to the registration fees). No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

REGISTRATION AND FEES:

Early Bird registration (before March 8, 2023)
$60 regular/ $45 grad students & candidates/ $20 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Regular registration (March 9 — by 6pm EST on March 24, 2023)
$75 regular/ $55 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Registration ‘at the door’ (after 6pm EST on March 24, 2023)
$90 regular/ $65 grad students & candidates/ $30 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended — please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee (in addition to the registration fees): $25. No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

Special scholarships for undergraduate/graduate students, retired practitioners, as well as for group registration, are available. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form or inquire it by email to  or (with the subject line “scholarship request for 3–25–23 conference”).

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before March 24th, 2022. No refunds for cancellations made on or after March 24th, 2022 (but credit can be applied for any of the educational events offered at the ORI in 2023 or further on).

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