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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

When Minds Don't Meet: Resolving Treatment Impasse

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

Six Mondays / October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 2011
7:30-9:00 p.m. Fee: $210 9 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
204 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor

Stalemate, stagnation, and impasse in treatment are not uncommon. These situations cause much dread and distress, but also offer opportunities for learning about what therapeutic factors are at work across the spectrum of very successful to minimally successful treatments. Using clinical examples, this course will explore contemporary approaches to stalled treatments. The role of narcissism, shame, countertransference, trauma, and the clinician's theory of cure will be examined as predictors of treatment success. Participants are encouraged to bring clinical material for discussion.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify factors that predict and shape treatment impasse.

2. Apply knowledge of narcissism, countertransference, trauma, and theories of cure to resolve impending therapeutic failure.