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Analytic Reflections on Forgiveness and Gratitude: Their Under-Appreciated Place in Therapy and the Mind

David R. Dietrich, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Sunday, November 3, 2013
11:00 am t0 1:30 pm

A light brunch will be served
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills

APT Members $10, Students $5, General Public $15 (at the door)

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Analytic and dynamic writings have largely ignored the important place forgiveness and gratitude occupy within analysis and psychotherapy, as well as in the mind of everyday life. Clinicians and others will learn how forgiveness and gratitude are under appreciated in therapy and the mind. Psychotherapists and non-clinicians alike will gain insight into how clinical analysis and psychotherapy can facilitate development and growth of forgiveness and gratitude inside and outside the consulting room. Additionally, the multiple physical and psychological benefits of both gratitude and forgiveness will be addressed. Clinical material is offered to help illustrate.

After attending this workshop, participants can be able to:
1. Recognize some of the beneficial psychological, physical and emotional consequences of forgiveness and gratitude--and how the development and growth of these can be facilitated--within the analytic and psychotherapeutic process.
2. Become more aware that when forgiveness and gratitude do not develop, there are complex effects upon the self, one's loved ones, and the community.
3. Appreciate through clinical material how clinical analysis and psychotherapy can function to activate and facilitate forgiveness and gratitude.
4. Better compare the psychological and clinical implications of more traditional approaches that under appreciate the important place of forgiveness and gratitude, with approaches that appreciate the place of these in the mind.

About the Presenter: Dr. David Dietrich is President of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, where he is also Chairman of the Educational Committee. He is a Training & Supervisory Analyst, and a past president of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society. He teaches or has taught at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Washington University, as well as other places. His book, The Problem of Loss and Mourning: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, which takes up the various iterations of loss and adaptation to it throughout the lifespan, was published in 1989. Dr. Dietrich has presented his work at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and at meetings of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He was a visiting professor of psychoanalysis in 2010 at Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine, Nepal's oldest medical school, at the foot of the Himalayas. He loves to supervise and is dedicated to analytic outreach activities. Dr. Dietrich is in private practice in Birmingham, Michigan where he practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.