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Psychoanalytic Gerontology: A Contemporary View

Channing Lipson, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant: Jolyn Wagner, M.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, December 3, 2011
2:00 - 4:00 PM

2 CME and CE Credit Hours

NOTE LOCATION: Depression Center Auditorium, Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor (south-east corner of Plymouth and Earhart Road on the U-M Health System's East Medical Campus, just east of US-23. Enter via back or south door)

In this paper, the author explores the evolution of attitudes toward recommending psychoanalysis for patients of advanced age. Resistances to making this recommendation are explored. Clinical examples are used to illustrate transferences and countertransferences that commonly occur in the analysis of aged patients. Issues of development in later life and facing mortality are also addressed.


• Demonstrate to mental health professionals the possibilities and benefits of full psychoanalysis for patients of advanced age.
• Clarify some of the determinants of resistances to making this recommendation.
• Draw attention to psychological development and the possibilities for structural changes throughout life.

About the presenter:

Dr. Lipson is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He served as chair of the Candidates Progression Committee from 1978 to 1996. His special interest in teaching has been recognized by citations from the Detroit Psychiatric Institute (1976), by the candidates of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute (1994), and by the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Michigan Psychoanalytic Society (2002). Today's presentation is a sequel to his paper, "Psychoanalysis in Later Life," for which he was awarded the Ira Miller, M.D. Clinical Essay Award in 2002.