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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Pretermination: Getting Ready to Say Goodbye

Jack Novick, Ph.D. and Kerry Kelly Novick
Lecturers, Child and Adolescent Supervising Analysts


Saturday, September 11, 2010
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Farmington Hills
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

In this paper, the Novicks propose a crucial phase of treatment that addresses readiness to begin the work of saying a good goodbye.  A therapy can be saved or ruined by the experience of this part of the relationship. Ample discussion with participants after the clinical presentation will allow for further understanding of the concept.

This presentation will help participants:

1.  Identify characteristics of the pretermination phase.

2.  Apply effective techniques for starting a goodbye time in treatment.

3. Expand their perspective on the trajectory of a complete treatment.

About the presenters

Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick are training and supervising analysts of the International Psycho-Analytical Association and on the faculties of numerous psychoanalytic institutes around the country. Their book "Fearful Symmetry: The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism" was reprinted in paperback in 2007. "Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work" was published in 2005, and "Good Goodbyes" in 2006. All three books have been translated into many languages.

Prior to our presentation (from 1:30-2 p.m.), you are invited to a welcome reception for analysts, therapists, students and anyone interested in psychoanalytic inquiry and exploration.  Come early and reconnect with old friends and meet new colleagues.  Snacks, beverages, and congeniality.

Recommended readings

Bergmann, M. (1997). Termination: the Achilles heel of psychoanalytic technique. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 14: 163-74.

Novick, J. (1997). Termination Conceivable and Inconceivable. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 14: 145-162.

Novick, K.K. and Novick, J. (1998). An application of the concept of the therapeutic alliance to sadomasochistic pathology. JAPA, 46: 813-46.

Feller, A. (2009). Termination. JAPA, 57:1185-1195.