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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Symposium - Mourning, Transitions, and Love: Recurring Realities in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Life

41st Annual Symposium, Michigan Psychoanalytic Society

Saturday, April 16, 2016
The Inn at St. John's
44045 5 Mile Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: (734) 414-0600

Speakers: Arnold Rothstein, M.D. (New York, NY) Judith Viorst (Washington, DC)

Discussants: David R. Dietrich, Ph.D. and Dwarakanath G. Rao, M.D.

Moderator: Linda E. Gold, L.M.S.W.

As psychoanalysts and psychotherapists we regularly encounter mourning in both our patients and ourselves. We mourn the loss of loved ones, of different stages of our lives, and of our idealizations of ideas, concepts, and teachers, to name but a few examples. In this Symposium our speakers will explore some ways in which mourning and the acceptance of our own mortality can be transformative, leading to experiences of growth and creativity for ourselves and for our patients. This Symposium is dedicated to the memory of Mayer Subrin, M.D., our beloved friend and colleague.

“In this paper I suggest that mourning idealizations is an important aspect of analysts’ development. More specifically, such mourning processes facilitate the development of independent thinking, as well as more satisfying clinical work and professional careers.”
--Arnold Rothstein, M.D.

“No one is ever completely prepared for death---their own or others---but some preparation, some control IS possible if you are ready to acknowledge that death is an inevitability, not an option.”  
--Judith Viorst

Practice Gap/Need: Psychotherapists and psychoanalysts may be unaware of the extent to which mourning is an essential part of therapeutic growth and change. The concept of mourning applies not only to the death of loved ones, but also to transitions to new stages of life and giving up our idealizations of others.

Objectives: By the end of the day, participants in this Symposium will be able to:
1. Recognize, address, and facilitate mourning as an essential part of treatment.
2. Demonstrate how patients can benefit from recognizing the role of mourning in dealing with conflicts and life transitions.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of mourning from multiple perspectives and be able to identify the psychotherapeutic approaches warranted.


About the Presenters:

Arnold Rothstein, M.D. is a practicing analyst in New York City. He is the author of “The Narcissistic Pursuit of Perfection”, “The Structural Hypothesis: An Evolutionary Perspective”, “Psychoanalytic Technique and the Creation of Analytic Patients”, and “Making Freud More Freudian.” He was founding editor of the workshop series of the American Psychoanalytic Association, “The Moscow Lectures on Psychoanalysis” and co-edited “On Beginning an Analysis.” Dr. Rothstein is a clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai in New York City, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and a member of the Faculty and Past Director of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rothstein was the Program Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association as well as Program Chair for North America of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Judith Viorst is the author of 10 collections of poems for adults, including “Wait for Me and Other Poems about the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage.” She has also written many other books for adults, which include “Necessary Losses,” and “Imperfect Control.” She has written twenty-three books for children, including “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Several of her children’s books have been made into films. Ms. Viorst lectures widely on a variety of topics, including loss and growth, children’s literature, and control. She received a B.A. in history from Rutgers University, and in 1981, after 6 years of study, she became a Research Affiliate Graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

David R. Dietrich, Ph.D., is past president of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society, and is an editor of the book, “The Problem of Loss and Mourning: Psychoanalytic Perspectives”, (1989). A two time winner of the Ira Miller, M.D. Clinical Essay Award for papers on an analysand’s complicated mourning, and mourning in the analyst, respectively, he has taught at Wayne State Medical School, the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute, and Henry Ford Hospital, among other places. Nationally, he was chairman of the Psychoanalytic Practice Committee, and the Committee on Outreach, Growth and Development, and for many years he has co-led the Discussion Group on Termination (with the late Mayer Subrin, M.D.) for APsaA. Dr. Dietrich received his Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, and is in private practice in Birmingham, MI.

Dwarakanath G. Rao, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst and former president of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. His psychiatric training included stints at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India, the University of Virginia, and at the University of Michigan. He is the Chair-elect of the Board on Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Rao has been involved in psychoanalytic and psychiatric education for much of his professional life. His interests include the psychology of music, Indian philosophy and mindfulness, psychoanalytic aspects of mood regulation, and the disinterest in translating concepts in pluralistic psychoanalysis. He is a sought after teacher and supervisor, and he practices in Ann Arbor, MI.

Linda E. Gold, L.M.S.W., is an adult analyst and a graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute (MPI), where she is an Associate Faculty member. She has been co-chair of the Advanced Training in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, and currently teaches in this program. She is co-editor of Free Associations, the newsletter of MPI and MPS. Ms. Gold is the Chair and Moderator of this Symposium, and will be Chair of the MPS Program Committee for 2016 – 2017. She is past co-president of the Candidates’ Organization of MPI and sits on several committees of MPI and MPS. She has been awarded the Nathan P. Segel Candidate Essay Award, for her paper about a patient whose cross dressing developed in the course of an analysis. Ms. Gold received both her B.S. and M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. She is in private practice in Royal Oak, MI.


Please contact Monica Simmons at 248-851-3380 for more information.


PENDING CME APPROVAL: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society.