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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Hidden in Plain Sight on Locked Wards: On Finding and Being Found

Alfred Margulies, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of New England
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard School Medicine

Discussant:
Harvey H. Falit, M.D.

Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, November 8, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need:
Often, when faced with an extremely distressed patient, the psychoanalyst or therapist who must find a way to establish an effective therapeutic alliance with the patient feels unprepared or incapable. How does the psychoanalyst make authentic connection to a person in the extremes of despair? How does he/she call upon his/her training, experience and humanity to reach someone many have already written off as unreachable? This talk explores meaning hidden in signs and symptoms, inscribed in the body, and how here we may find a path to making deep contact.

Following the presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Describe approaches to making contact with patients with unarticulated, unspeakable, psychic pain.
2. Discuss therapeutic approaches to the symbolic and unconscious dimensions of severely troubled patients.
3. Explain how to structure pluralistic understandings and methods into clinical work.

About the presenter:
Dr. Alfred Margulies is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, where he is also Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.