The 2020 Alan Pollack Psychotherapy Conference on the Nature of the Transference

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459


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.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the rationale for modifying the frame in a patient facing issues pertaining to emerging adulthood.
  2. Describe two examples where transference/countertransference dynamics became organized around separation-individuation challenges.
  3. Describe three common countertransference responses to a patient’s self-sabotaging behavior.
  4. Outline three major developmental tasks of early adulthood.

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.

This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI members and friends. 
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This program will be of interest to mental health clinicians at all levels of training. 
Scholarships available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $65 Early Bird (use code: EB2020PSY); $75 Regular (as of 02/15/2019)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians, and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners.

Continuing Education 
Physicians: 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 providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 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 3 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 Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 2.5 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credtis has been submitted. Please contact us at or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please noe: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6913. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program offers 3 NBCC Clock Hours.


Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459;; 617.266.0953.

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