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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Sliding Off the (Developmental) Curve: Navigating a Rocky Course of Identity Formation
When a young man with a pattern of self-sabotage and suspicion of authority dares the therapist to hold him accountable yet pulls for leniency (“letting him slide”), how does the therapist respond? In a patient prone to all-or-nothing thinking with conflicts over dependency and vulnerability, how does the therapist find a middle ground between punitive rigidity and excessive accommodation? This paper traces the evolution of a treatment of an emerging adult with significant intellectual capacity who has struggled to stay in school and grappled with the developmental task of “growing up.” The author explores why seemingly “enabling” type enactments that may traditionally breed countertransferential resentment can at other times feel developmentally appropriate and necessary to a patient’s growth, allowing for the establishment of trust and a new model of male strength that can co-exist with tenderness.
Brian J. Schulman, MD (presenter) is a post-seminar student in the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at BPSI. He is the Assistant Director of the Center for Psychodynamic Therapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he teaches medical students and adult psychiatry residents as well as serves on the board of the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. He is a staff psychiatrist at the MGH Dauten Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. He is also an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has a psychotherapy-based private practice in Boston, MA.
Patricia Potter, MD (discussant) is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst on the faculty at BPSI and at MIP. She has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.
Sarah Ackerman, PhD (discussant) is a Training and Supervising Analyst at BPSI and the co-chair of the Psychoanalysis Study Group, sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. She has a private practice in Hanover, NH.
Alan Pollack, MD (moderator) is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst on the faculty at BPSI, where he was Director of Psychotherapy Training for 24 years. He has a private practice in Newton, MA.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
9:00am - 9:10am: Welcoming Remarks; 9:10am - 10:00am: Paper presentation; 10:00am - 10:20am: 1st Discussant; 10:20am - 10:40am: Break; 10:40am - 11:00am: 2nd Discussant; 11:00am - 12:00pm: Audience discussion.
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