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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Affective Engagement and the Psychoanalytic Process

Merton A. Shill, Ph.D., L.L.M., F.I.P.A.
Graduate in Adult Analysis of the Contemporary Freudian Society, NYC

Discussant: Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D. Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, November 18, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 PM
*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

About the presenter:
Dr. Shill is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. He is the founder of an ongoing discussion group at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association, entitled "Psychoanalytic Explorations." Dr. Shill is the author of several publications, most recently: A Review of “Relational psychoanalysis V: Evolution of process,” Psychoanalytic Social Work, 22: 88-92, and “Intersubjectivity and the ego,” Psychoanalytic Social Work, 18: 1-22. Dr. Shill has a private practice in Ann Arbor, where he sees adults in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and children and families in psychotherapy.

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
It is not widely understood that it is important to understand psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the perspective of the feelings of the suffering patient. It is important that the therapist or analyst be able to recognize and help the patient to recognize his or her affective state, rather than making cognitively based interventions. Dr. Shill notices that sometimes he is more aware than is the patient of the patient’s deep suffering. Dr. Shill provides a rich clinical description of how he focuses on the patient’s affect in order to help the patient gain greater awareness, which leads to deeper and more meaningful interpretations.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. More effectively recognize and help the patient to recognize the patient's affective state, rather than making cognitively based interventions.
2. Evaluate the patient's feelings from the perspective of the patient, so that the patient's experience is that of being listened to and understood.