Profound Silence: A Talking Cure?

Silence is a part of every psychoanalytic treatment. When silence is very extensive, it highlights important technical and theoretical aspects of our work.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

7:00 pm EST Online Lecture & Discussion
Online registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom Meeting Link.
To receive Continuing Education, registration must be completed by Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT.

 

The 2021 Fall Academic Lecture

Silence is a part of every psychoanalytic treatment. When silence is very extensive, it highlights important technical and theoretical aspects of our work. The presentation will provide us with an opportunity to explore aspects of silence in treatment. Long silences in analysis and therapy can be extremely taxing, eliciting feelings of anxiety, helplessness, rage, and confusion. Dr. Ablon will share his experience of profound silence during an analysis that started when the patient was 11 years old. His paper will focus on the technical ramifications of understanding silence as a communication, much as we would the play of a younger child. We will consider how any analytic treatment of a child or adult involves mutual play and how each analyst has a unique play signature. Dr. Ablon’s work with this silent patient led to a paradigm shift in his thinking about the therapeutic action of the analysis, a shift that he will explore for discussion. Our speakers will share their thoughts about the uses of silence and help us expand our own ideas about silence in our work. This presentation will increase participants’ ability to describe and work with silence in the clinical setting as an important aspect of therapeutic change.

Speakers

Steven L. Ablon, MD (Presenter)
is an Adult Training and Supervising Analyst and a Child Supervisory Analyst at BPSI and an Associate Professor, part-time Harvard University Faculty of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and has a private practice in Chestnut Hill, MA.
 
Caleb Gardner, MD  (Discussant)
is a Candidate in Adult Psychoanalytic Training at BPSI, Teaching Faculty, Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.
 
Alison Newman, LICSW (Discussant)
is a student in the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATP) at BPSI. She is adjunct faculty, and a lecturer at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MA and has a private practice in Lexington, MA.
 
Sarah L. Lusk, PhD (Moderator
is an Adult Psychoanalyst and an Advanced Candidate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training at BPSI, on the faculty at BPSI and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.

 

This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI members and friends. Your gift to BPSI supports
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This program is appropriate for mental health clinicians at all levels of training. 
 

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

  1. Identify two aspects of silence that promote change.
  2. Describe two countertransference reactions to silence.
  3. Define and describe a “play signature” and identify their own.
  4. Identify two aspects of the therapeutic action of silence.

Schedule

Opening remarks; 7:00-7:15 pm. Presentation; 7:15-8:00 pm; First Discussant; 8:00 pm - 8:15 pm: Second Discussant; 8:15 pm – 8:30 pm: Responses from Presenter, Discussion and Q and A: 8:30-9:00 pm.
 
Scholarships are available for BPSI programs.
FEE:
$85 Lecture Fee
$75 Early Bird Special (available until 08/25/2021) Use Code at Checkout: EB2021FAL
 
 
Continuing Education 
Physicians:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of 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 2 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. *Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

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 pr
 
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 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 credits has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please note: 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 2 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-Cardoso at dbrydon@bpsi.org. 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.

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