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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

APT Brunch: Therapeutic Action and Pathogenesis: Analyzing Anxiety and Fostering Affect Tolerance

Merton Shill, Ph.D.
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
University of Michigan Medical School

Sunday, April 19, 2015
11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills

A light brunch will be served

2 CME and CE Credit Hours

APT Members: $10
Students: $5
General Public: $15

Practice gap/need:
Psychodynamic theories of therapeutic action have overlooked the connection between pathogenesis and the analysis of resistance in psychoanalytic treatments. This presentation will illustrate the utility of increasing the patient's awareness of signal anxiety as a means of facilitating the therapeutic action of psychoanalytic treatments. After attending this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Describe the significance of the pleasure principle in all mental functioning as the bedrock of human motivation.
2. Discuss the connection between pathogenesis and anxiety and anxiety and defense and their relation to the pleasure principle.
3. Apply these insights to an understanding of the essential role of analyzing signal anxiety in facilitating therapeutic action.

About the Presenter, Merton Shill, Ph.D.:

• Dr. Shill completed his graduate studies in Psychology at the University of Michigan where he is currently Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School.
• Dr. Shill was formerly Senior Research Associate in the Child Analytic Study Program at the Children’s Psychiatric Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Clinical Associate Professor in Family Medicine at the School of Medicine, Wayne State University.
• Dr. Shill is a graduate adult analyst and a collegial member of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis. His most recent psychoanalytic publications deal with ADHD in children, signal anxiety and the pleasure principle, self-disclosure in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and intersubjectivity and contemporary Freudian theory. • His current research activities concern clinical technique, affect and drive theory, metapsychology and applied psychoanalysis.
• He is in psychoanalytic practice with patients of all ages in Ann Arbor, MI.