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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Neuroimaging of Universal Mechanisms of Action in Psychodynamic and Non-Psychodynamic Therapies

Presenter: Andrew Gerber, M.D., Ph.D. (New York)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute;
Faculty, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Discussant: Charles A. Burch, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, September 22, 2012
2-4 pm
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need: The conviction that we do help our patients has not provided a body of evidence describing HOW such therapeutic change occurs. This presentation will describe a theory of psychotherapeutic change and provide empirical data with testable hypotheses about therapeutic change and the appropriate tailoring of interventions to specific patients and situations. Pilot data from MRI studies of therapeutic change will be presented. The discussant will offer a clinician's perspective on the proposed concepts. At the conclusion of this talk, participants will be able to:
1. Attempt to identify and utilize the understanding of unconscious processes (in the patient and analyst).
2. Process the impact of transference and countertransference interactions, including via the use of MRI data.
3. Appreciate the role of the ability of the analyst and analysand to co-construct a coherent narrative which will ultimately facilitate psychotherapeutic change and a greater appreciation of how such change can be identified.

About the presenter: Andrew J. Gerber is an Assistant Professor in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is a graduate of the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Gerber completed a Ph.D. in psychology at the Anna Freud Centre and University College, London where he studied with Peter Fonagy and Joseph Sandler. He has received numerous research grants, including support from the Neuro-psychoanalysis Foundation for an MRI study of the neural basis of transference in young adults.