Psychoanalysis in the Time Of COVID-19

Psychoanalysis in the Time Of COVID-19

Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/01/2020
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Presenters:
Stuart Pizer, Ph.D., APBB
Tamara Feldman, Psy.D.
 Jess Somers, LICSW
 Carol Rubin, Ph.D.
Moderator:
Lucinda Ballantyne, LICSW
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Our work has changed so much in the past five months. In this panel four analysts will consider what it is to do psychoanalysis in this historical moment. Their presentations will span work with children and adolescents, work with couples and work with adults.
Carol Rubin’s talk will include vignettes from her practice with adolescents and children over the past few months. She will reflect on her evolving experience of the impact of transitions of format on therapeutic content and process with particular emphasis on its impact on the relationship between therapist and patient.
Jess Somers will offer a personal reflection on the impact of COVID-19 on her experience as a MIP candidate. Her discussion will explore a range of issues including the reconsolidation of analytic identity involved in moving to remote work, turbulence and negotiation in a newly developing analytic treatment, and the ways in which continued engagement in training became a sustaining thread of continuity during this time of intangible losses.
Tamara Feldman will address the various ways the pandemic has impacted couples’ relationships. She will discuss how for some couples, the pandemic has strengthened couples’ relationships, engendering a renewed appreciation for and deeper devotion. For other couples, the effects have been far less sanguine, generating stress, reinvigorating conflict and, in some cases, leading to the relationship’s dissolution. This presentation will utilize clinical examples to highlight key ideas.
Stuart Pizer will talk about how COVID-19 has reconfigured the analytic frame. As we all adapt to the process going “remote,” can analysis remain the same while changing? How has Zoom or telephone impinged on our actual experience of analytic process? While each analytic relationship manages its adaptation to the palpable losses of in-person contact, have we discovered any possible gains? I offer some of my experience but mostly I want to open space with questions for participants to explore together.
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Tamara Feldman, Psy.D., is a psychologist and psychoanalysis in private practice in Cambridge and Wellesley. She is a member of MIP where she has taught courses on a variety of topics such as the “Nature of Human Destructiveness” and a “Kleinian Approach to Couples Therapy”.
Stuart A. Pizer, Ph.D., is a Founding Board Member, Faculty, Supervising and Personal Analyst, and former President of MIP; Assistant Professor of Psychology (part time), Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly; author of Building Bridges: The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis (1998).
Carol Rubin, Ph.D., is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in full time practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with adults, adolescents and children in Chestnut Hill. She currently teaches at MIP and in the Fellowship Program of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England East.
Jess Somers, LICSW,  is a social worker with a private practice in Cambridge and a rising third-year candidate at MIP. She is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work and the Program for Psychotherapy at the Cambridge Health Alliance.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  1. Participants will increase their awareness of both the limitations and new possibilities for shared intimacy in therapies conducted remotely in treatments with adolescents and children.
  2. Participants will be able to discern the strains, the losses, and potential gains as analytic process has gone “remote” during this pandemic.
  3. Participants will learn the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on couples’ relationships.
  4. Participants will be able to reflect on and identity the ways in which COVID-19 impacts their sense of analytic identity and the progression and development of analytic treatments.
SUGGESTED READINGS
Essig, T. (2018, April). The messy ethics of technology’s promise: remote treatment vs. local therapy. Lecture presented at the spring meeting of Division 39, New Orleans.
Holmes, J. and Slade, A. (2018) “Attachment in Therapeutic Practice” Sage Publications
Perel, E. (2006) Mating in captivity: Reconciling the erotic with the domestic. New York: HarperCollins.
Pizer, S. A. (2014). The analyst’s generous involvement: Recognition and the “tension of tenderness.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22: 1-13.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Non-MIP members can purchase 2.5 CE for $37. After the program, when we have confirmed attendance, you will receive an email to purchase credits. MIP members receive CEU for free.
Psychologists: The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MIP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Physicians: The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is accredited by The Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Social Workers: An application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact John Tyler at reachMIP@gmail.com for the status of social work CE accreditation. Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
LMHC: When an LMHC attends a CE event that has not been approved for CE, an individual may seek approval retroactively by meeting the criteria for approval outlined in the MMCEP LMHC Consumer Guidelines and the CMR 262 Regulations for LMHCs. With Retroactive Approval, the CEs can be applied to the CE requirement to renew a license. Visit http://www.mamhca.org/mmcep/lmhc-ce-guidelines/ for information.

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