Disruptions and Interruptions in Psychoanalysis

What distinguishes between ‘interruptions' and 'disruptions' that frequently occur in the course of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024
7:00 - 8:30 PM EST Zoom Program & Discussion
Registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom link.
The 2024 Annual Adam Corneel Major Teachers of Psychotherapy Lecture  

What distinguishes between ‘interruptions' and 'disruptions' that frequently occur in the course of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis? Casting a wide net, the dynamic underpinnings of such developments, especially the latter, will be elucidated from multiple theoretical perspectives and from both patient and analyst vantage points. Technical interventions to deal with each type of disruption will be highlighted with the help of illustrative clinical vignettes.  


Salman Akhtar, MD, Presenter
is a recipient of the highly prestigious Sigourney Award, a Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, and a Training & Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the editorial boards of all three major journals of psychoanalysis (JAPA, IJP, and PQ) and has more than 400 publications to his credit. These include 110 books, 23 of which are solo authored. In June 2023, the ten-volume set of his Selected Papers was released at a ceremony at the Freud Museum in London. Dr. Akhtar’s books have been translated in many languages, including German, Italian, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish. Dr Akhtar has served as the Film Review Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and is currently serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. He has also published 18 collections of poetry and is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia.


Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS, Moderator
is a psychoanalyst on the faculty at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a lecturer, part-time, at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital. He has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.


Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify three common disruptions/interruptions in psychoanalytic treatments.
  2. Identify three strategies and interventions to manage these disruptions/interruptions to facilitate the treatment.
  3. Describe one way remote treatment creates a disruption versus facilitates deepening of the treatment.
  4. Describe two factors to consider when determining whether a disruption/interruption in a psychoanalysis should lead towards termination versus repair.


7:00 pm – Welcome and introductions; 7:10 pm– Speaker Presentation; 8:10 pm – Q&A 


This program was planned in collaboration with McLean Hospital and is made possible through the generous support of the Corneel family as well as BPSI members and friends. Your gift to BPSI supports psychoanalytic and psychotherapy education and ensures the future of our field. To make a gift, please visit www.bpsi.org.

The target audience for this program is mental health clinicians at all levels of training and members of the community.
Scholarships are available for BPSI programs.
$100 Progrsm Fee
$90 Early Bird Special (available until 03/11/2024) Use Code at Checkout: EB2024DIP



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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 provider ship 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 1.5 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.
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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 course offers 1.5 hours of CE credits for psychologists.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at team@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.

Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6913. BPSI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program offers 1.5 NBCC Clock Hours.

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