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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Introducing Meditation into Psychoanalysis: Free Association, Meditation and Bion

Presenter: Axel Hoffer, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Discussant: Dwarakanath G. Rao, M.D. Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, December 2, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 PM

*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

About the presenter:
Axel Hoffer, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and former Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and has lectured and supervised in the United States, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Israel. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, as well as the editor of a book entitled “Freud and the Buddha, the Couch and the Cushion.”

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
It is not widely understood that there is a commonality between psychoanalysis and meditation, that is, between free association and meditation. In this paper, Dr. Hoffer presents a clinical example which demonstrates how the analyst or therapist can better identify how their own associations are in response to the associations of the patient and can be used to facilitate understanding the unconscious communications of the patient. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Identify commonalities between free association and meditation. 2. More readily identify their own associations which are in response to the associations of the patient and use these to formulate an understanding of the unconscious communications of the patient.


Please contact Monica Simmons at 248-851-3380 for more information.


PENDING CME APPROVAL: 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 sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society. 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 2 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.
PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
SOCIAL WORKERS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society.