Interactive Supervisory Seminar
June 29th (Thursday evening, 7pm – 9:55pm EDT)
To Register for this workshop, please complete the Registration form
Continuing Education Information: Pending


This supervisory seminar will enable participants to present patients of all different psychic structures with whom they are having difficulty in treatment.

Dr. Blackman will help deconstruct the material, point out which material is germane, and which is irrelevant. Dynamic formulation and diagnosis can then be executed on each vignette which is presented. Assessment of deficits in ego functions, object relations, and superego will all be brought into the picture for further discussion & elucidation.

Following the clarification of unconscious conflict in each case which is presented, Dr. Blackman will explain to the supervisees the various types of interventions which are indicated for therapeutic change. These techniques will include the principle of multiple appeal in making interpretations of compromise formations, defense confrontation, intersubjective techniques, relational techniques, counterprojective statements, and containing.

Over the past hundred years, it has become clear to all analytic supervisors that the main help to anyone who is presenting a case, is for the supervisor to clarify the unconscious dynamics that the therapist cannot see.

Dr. Blackman‘s book, “101 defenses: How the mind shield itself,” in chapter 6, describes both deductive and inductive methods for discovering and making the patient aware of pathological defensive operations. This is no easy feat.

Participants will be able to discuss psychotic patients, antisocial patients, borderline patients, people with other types of personality disturbances (such as shy and obnoxious people), and those people who have symptoms like phobias, compulsions, and conversions.

Furthermore, patients can be presented who have difficulties in living, where they are making mistakes, even though they are intelligent. Mistakes in living often have an unconscious, conflictual bases, leading to inhibition of judgment regarding danger, which can be interpreted and analyzed.

Besides discussing case material from different types of psychopathology, Dr. Blackman will entertain more complex questions regarding psychoanalytic theory and technique. These general questions regarding clinical theory, that is, the present and past unconscious and unconscious, can then be correlated with different metapsychological approaches as well as data from neuroscience research.

This seminar will allow each participant to learn about his or her own cases, as well as those of other participants. Hearing about the analysis and technique of such cases, which may pertain more generally, constitutes “spectator supervision.”

This seminar should fit seamlessly with the prior lecture on tricky problems in psychotherapy, since that lecture will pertain to specific, complex cases, where technique must be individually tailored. In this following seminar, participants will be allowed to present their own case work, ask their own questions, and obtain answers that are relevant to their own practice. These answers will be commensurate with the material that was taught in the lecture on June 24.


June 29, 2023

7:00 – 8:30 PM
8:40 – 9:55 PM

Readings in preparation to this seminar (mandatory for those obtaining the CEs) — will be sent to the registered participants in PDF formats.


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

  1. Apply the concepts of defect versus conflict-based psychopathology to their individual cases and to their life experiences.
  2. Discuss the unconscious dynamics and compromise formations appearing in their work with individuals and couples.
  3. Discuss and apply the principle of multiple appeal in use for treating those people with conflict-based disorders.
  4. Better adapt and utilize techniques for working with people with pre-symbolic functioning, ego defects, and limited other resources.
  5. Compare and contrast corrective object relations techniques, supportive techniques, and interpretive techniques, and determine how to gauge their success or failure in each individual situation with a patient.
  6. Master improved timing of interventions.
  7. Refine one’s technique, so that aggression by the therapist is modulated depending on the character structure of the patient.
  8. Master the case presentations and lead discussions about clinical cases.


Blackman, J. S. (2013). The therapist’s answer book: Solutions to 101 tricky problems in psychotherapy. Routledge.

17 Questions to which the answers are needed during evaluation. (Many of these are in Blackman, 2013).

Reading correlations (Problem # refers to the chapter in the Therapist’s Answer Book)

  • Timing of interventions: Problem 2 (2 pages); Problem 101a (4 pages);
  • The male “Yes, Dear!”: Problem 24 (2 pages);
  • Bullies (who demand medication or ask personal question about you): Problem 21 (5 pages);
  • Highly intelligent people (who doubt your ability to keep up) Problem 17 (4 pages)
  • Wealthy people: Problem 16 (3 pages);
  • Asking too few questions during evaluation (Blackman, 2004);
  • Asking too many questions during treatment (Dorpat, 2000);
  • People with vague chief complaints: Problem 4 (4 pages);
  • Setting up the working alliance and the therapeutic alliance (Greenson, Zetzel, Adatto – see Blackman, 2013), Section B introduction and Problem 3 (3 pages)
  • Planes of intrapsychic conflict: where to intervene; past vs. present unconscious (Sandler & Sandler, 1994): Problem 8 (5 pages);
  • People with high suicide risk (multiple references including Durkheim and Shneidman – in Blackman, 2004, chapter 8); also: Problem 62 (9 pages);
  • Promiscuous people (acter-outers): Problem 30 (4 pages);
  • People who are involved with someone who is driving them crazy (Blackman,2013a): Problem 96 (3 pages);
  • 17 questions to which answers are necessary during evaluation (Blackman, not yet unpublished in English). A developmental view of stages in the supervision of psychoanalytic therapies. (Attached and sent to registrants). [Blackman, J. (2019). A developmental view of stages in the supervision of psychoanalytic therapies. Journal of Shanghai Mental Health Center 2(3), 162–167.]
  • Asking too many questions during psychotherapy (Blackman, 2004, Chapter 6);
  • People who bring their own drinks to the office: Problem 54 (5 pages).

About the book:

This book is designed to help them achieve that by providing practical solutions to problems that arise in psychotherapy, such as the following: Do depressed people need an antidepressant, or psychotherapy alone? How do you handle people who want to be your “friend,” who touch you, who won’t leave your office, or who break boundaries? How do you prevent people from quitting treatment prematurely? Suppose you don’t like the person who consults you? What if people you treat with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) don’t do their homework? When do you explain defense mechanisms, and when do you use supportive approaches? Award-winning professor Jerome S. Blackman answers these and many other tricky problems for psychotherapists. Dr. Blackman punctuates his lively text with tips and snippets of various theories that apply to psychotherapy. He shares his advice and illustrates his successes and failures in diagnosis, treatment, and supervision. He highlights fundamental, fascinating, and perplexing problems he has encountered over decades of practicing and supervising therapy.


Professor Jerome Blackman is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst (certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Board of Psychoanalysis, the Council of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies, and the International Psychoanalytic Association). He has been in private practice since 1975 and is currently a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also an IPA Training and Supervising Analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington, DC.

Dr. Blackman was the 12th Recipient of Akhtar-Brenner Lectureship Award from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 2017 where he lectured on the Expanded Mental Status Assessment. He was an invited lecturer at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine Department of Psychotherapy in 2017, where he lectured on Differential Diagnosis and Redefinition of Masochism.

The Jerome S Blackman, MD [yearly] Lectureship in Psychoanalysis was established in his honor, in 2019, by the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society and Eastern Virginia Medical School. At the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (VA), the Jerome S Blackman MD Teacher of the Year Award was given to 25 different teachers from 1992–2016. He received the Edith Sabshin MD Award for Teaching from the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Early in his career, while in child psychoanalytic training at the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute, he consulted to many Child Protection Centers. Based on his experiences, in 2016 he co-authored Sexual Aggression against Children:  Pedophiles’ and Abusers’ Development, Dynamics, Treatability, and the Law (Routledge) with Dr. Kathleen Dring. In 2023, they wrote Developmental Evaluation of Children and Adolescents: A Psychodynamic Guide (Routledge).

In 2003, his paper on countertransference was published in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He later published several book chapters on topics including stepparenting, porn addiction, the first year of life, laziness, shame, philandering, fear of injury, and the death of the analyst.

He has lectured at many universities in China, as well as psychoanalytic institutes and universities in the U.S. and worldwide.  From 2018–2021, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Mental Health at Shanxi Medical University in Taiyuan. He was a keynote speaker at the 6th and 7th China Psychoanalytic Association Congresses in Shanghai (2019 & 2021) regarding child development and developmental issues in supervision; he received the “High End Foreign Talent” Honor from Shanxi Province in 2018.



Joint 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.  13.75 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, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirements.
*OK: Accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities but not for ethics and/or online courses.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs:
AL MFTs: Credits authorized by NBCC or any other state licensing agency will be accepted.
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 Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (held outside NY ONLY), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers:

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. 13.75 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. 13.75 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.


Early Bird registration (before May 30th, 2023)
$60 regular/ $45 grad students & candidates/ $20 undergrad students.
If CEs are requested — please use the “regular” registration (not a “student”) option. There is an additional fee of $25 for CE certificate processing(can be paid prior or on the day of the conference).

Regular registration (from May 31th – til June 28th, 2023 — before 7pm EDT)
$75 regular/ $55 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students.
If CEs are requested — please use the “regular” registration (not a “student”) option. There is an additional fee of $25 for CE certificate processing(can be paid prior or on the day of the conference).

Registration ‘at the door’ (after 7pm EDT/NYC time on June 28th, 2023)
$90 regular/ $65 grad students & candidates/ $30 undergrad students.

Please Note: If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 for CE certificate processing (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance).

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for retired or disabled practitioners, or need-based or/and those who live outside of the USA.

Full refund before the date of the event.
No refund from the day of the event, but full paid tuition will be applied to any further ORI events.