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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Margaret Walsh, Ph.D.

Susan E. Cutler, Ph.D.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm
February 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012

7.5 CME and CE credit hours, $175.
Ann Arbor

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Psychotherapist frequently encounter patients for whom forming a comfortable bond with a therapist and engaging in productive therapeutic work is fraught with a variety of unconsciously perceived dangers. These patients may be able to be successfully engaged in meaningful therapeutic work by sensitively attending to the nuance of how they experience the therapist’s desire for connection and relationship. In this 5 session seminar, we will explore a number of different kinds of minefields that patients may present as expressions of the danger of therapeutic intimacy. We will consider processes which may help clinicians engage more productively in the patient’s subjective world and work with the patient’s interference in being able to bond with the therapist and stay engaged in the psychotherapeutic work.

By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to DEMONSTRATE:

• Familiarity with the literature on problems with effective engagement in psychotherapy.
• An ability to describe some of the common types of unconscious dangers psychotherapy represents for some patients.
• Be able to identify these types of dangers as they are expressed in treatment and find ways of working successfully with them.