Meet the Author with Judy Kantrowitz, PhD

Reading and discussion with the book author, Judy L. Kantrowitz, PhD, in conversation with Dan Jacobs, MD, and the online audience on Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 7:30-9:00 PM EDT. Several autographed books are on sale with the registration: choose the 2nd option from the drop-down menu to buy your copy.

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Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 7:30-9:00 PM EDT
MEET THE AUTHOR WEBINAR with Judy L. Kantrowitz, PhD in conversation with Dan Jacobs, MD, and the online audience to discuss The Role of the Patient-Analyst Match in the Process and Outcome of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2020). 
About the Book
In this collection of her most significant papers, Kantrowitz explores the importance of the match, which refers to observable styles, attitudes and personal characteristics that may be rooted in residual and unanalyzed conflicts, triggered in any patient-analyst pair. Match is neither a predictive nor static concept. Rather it refers to the unfolding transaction that itself that may shift and change during the course of analytic work. Classical psychoanalysis had been viewed as a "one-person" enterprise, with one analyst interchangeable with another. Analysts' experiences of countertransference reactions were viewed as unresolved conflicts, reasons to return to personal treatment, not inevitable and potentially informative about the current analytic work. This view began to shift in the 1980s, with Judy Kantrowitz's work contributing to the development of the recognition that psychoanalysis was a "two-person" process. The introduction places the patient-analyst match in a historical context, emphasizing the current loss of focus on the character and conflicts of the individuals. 
"There have always been two people in the treatment room. Judy Kantrowitz, early in her work, corrected the imbalance of a 'one-person' psychology, whereby only the patient's qualities determine the outcome. More recently, Kantrowitz focuses on a new imbalance, where the work may be dangerously analyst-centered. Her clarity about the fundamental analytic responsibility – 'to remain inside and outside of the process' – enables her to tell the story of American psychoanalysis over the last fifty years, in a way that is both ardent and balanced, personal and scholarly. The Role of the Patient-Analyst Match is a treasure."  ~ Ellen Pinsky, PsyD, author, Death and Fallibility in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: Mortal Gifts.
About the Author

Judy Leopold Kantrowitz, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and an Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of three books, The Patient's Impact on the Analyst (1996)Writing about Patients: Responsibilities, Risks, and Ramifications (2006), and Myths of Termination: What patients can teach psychoanalysts about endings (2014). She is on the Editorial Board of the Psychoanaltyic Quarterly and has a private practice in Brookline, MA.
About the Moderator:
Dan Jacobs, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst a the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Faculty, and Director of the Hanns Sachs Library and Archives. Among his many publications are The Distance from Home: A Novel (2019), Grete Bibring: A CulinarBiography (2015), Edward Bibring Photographs the Psychoanalysts of his Time, 1932-1938 (2005), and The Supervisory Encounter: A Guide for Teachers of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (1995).
Book Sale
Our library has several autographed books on sale at a discounted price of $30. You can pre-order a signed copy with your registration while the supply lasts:  Select "Register and Purchase a Signed Book" option from the drop-down menu. Pay online with any credit card and provide your shipping address. The book will be signed by Judy Kantrowitz and shipped to you before the event. Shipping cost is included in the price.
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