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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

2014 Visiting Professor - The Secret Life of Secrets

Toxic Effects of Unconscious Knowledge on the Mind and Body, What Clinicians Can Do About It

Monday, March 17, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Kathryn Zerbe, M.D. has been awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the National Eating Disorders Association and the Alexandra Symonds Award by the American Psychiatric Association for her innovative contributions to women’s health and the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. In recognition of her clinical acumen, Dr. Zerbe has been repeatedly selected as one of America’s “Best Doctors.” Heralding from the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Zerbe currently serves as Assistant Director of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute, is a Training and Supervising analyst, and enjoys a full time clinical practice. In addition to her clinical work, research, and teaching, Dr. Zerbe is the author of over 100 clinical papers, book chapters, reviews and four books. The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is honored to have Dr. Kathryn Zerbe, M.D. with us for the week of March 17th - March 22, 2014.

Please note: The March 17th event will include a light dinner prior to paper presentation. Due to limited space, there are only 90 registrations available. Registration deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014. A $40.00 fee must be paid at time of reservation. For information, please contact Juanita Tucker.

Practice Gap/Need: This presentation begins with a review of the literature on secrets and includes clinical tales wherein the recovery and working through of a deeply withheld secret led to the remediation of a physical symptom and greater psychological wellbeing for the patient. The paper concludes with speculation based on contemporary neurobiological evidence that secret keeping has untoward consequences on the psyche and the soma. Often the role of secret keeping is inadequately recognized in clinical practice.

Goals: 1) The participant will be able to recognize the role of secret keeping in the development of psychosomatic illness. 2) The participant will be able to distinguish between different psychoanalytic, cultural, medical, and philosophical theories regarding the emotional and somatic impact of secrets increasing the utilization of a multi-discipline approach to intervention.