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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Panel - Three Points of View of the Dilemmas and Solutions for the Psychoanalytic Clinician in Presenting and Writing Case Material

Melvin Bornstein, M.D.
Nancy Kulish, Ph.D.
Evangeline Spindler, M.D.

Moderator: Meryl Berlin, Ph.D.

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Saturday, February 7, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 PM

*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Practice Gap/Need: Psychoanalysts suffer the longstanding tension in our field between the vital need to communicate about our clinical work with colleagues, on the one hand, and the imperative to protect our patients’ privacy, on the other. This issue increases in complexity as the internet renders material more accessible, and as consideration of countertransference responses is more often expected to be included in the clinical narrative. The aim of this panel is to examine the dilemmas presented in writing for publication/presentation, and the “solutions” worked out by three respected psychoanalyst/writers in our community who have agreed to participate: Drs. Melvin Bornstein, Nancy Kulish and Evangeline Spindler. A discussion of the lived experiences of these seasoned psychoanalysts is aimed at assisting audience participants in sorting out how they wish to handle this thorny dilemma in their own scholarly pursuits.

Following the presentation, attendees will be able to:

1. Identify the dimensions of the dilemma clinicians encounter in the competing needs to communicate about our clinical work in presentations and writing vs. our responsibility to maintain the privacy of patients.

2. Examine and compare approaches to the dilemma arrived at by seasoned psychoanalyst-writers;

3. Encourage participants to assess how they wish to approach issues relating to privacy vs. sharing of clinical data within their own practices.