A Search for Analytic Authenticity and a Personal Voice: Ethical and Clinical Considerations

Henry Markman explores the foundations of what it means to “be oneself” in doing ethically and clinically sound analytic work. He defines analytic authenticity as the singular way each analyst finds and brings their true nature in expressing love of the work, presence, and care while bound by the needs and subjectivity of each patient.

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Saturday, December 3, 2022
10:00 - 12:00 PM EST Zoom Program & Discussion
Registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom link.
The 2022 S. Joseph Nemetz Memorial Lecture

Henry Markman explores the foundations of what it means to “be oneself” in doing ethically and clinically sound analytic work. He defines analytic authenticity as the singular way each analyst finds and brings their true nature in expressing love of the work, presence, and care while bound by the needs and subjectivity of each patient. Beginning early in his training, Markman noted that personal, unique qualities in supervisors and his analyst, in their way of being and relating, were therapeutic. Yet this aspect of analytic process fell outside any discourse on technique and was rarely mentioned. He wondered whether certain technical strictures might inhibit the analyst’s most lively and human ways of connecting. In tracking this development from experience with supervisors and his personal analyst through altering, expansive experiences with adolescent and adult patients and supervisees, he realized that how we are as analysts in the way we engage is personal and unique. This forms the human foundation for real therapeutic contact and a fundamentally ethical way of relating to another in our care. 



Henry Markman, MD, Presenter
is a Training and Supervising Analyst, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Co-Chair, Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. His recent 2021 book is Creative Engagement in Psychoanalytic Practice.

Ben Kafka, PhD, Discussant
is an Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University and Visiting Fellow, Dewitt Wallace Institute of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; and Member, Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Jane Kite, PhD, Moderator
is a Training and Supervising Analyst at BPSI and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Develop an understanding of analytic authenticity that encourages the clinician’s freedom to be more spontaneous and creative in ways that are therapeutically important. 
  2. Utilize the idea of “presence” to be more aware of defenses in the analyst that block communication.
  3. Summarize how being more real, honest, and straightforward strengthens the patient’s sense of reality and avoids common forms of impasse.
  4. Describe the ethical dimension of authenticity, which enhances sensitivity to the patient’s responses to the clinician’s actual personality.

10:00 AM Introductions; 10:15 AM Presentation; 11:00 AM Discussant; 11:30 AM Discussion and Q and A.

Listen to Dr. Markman on these podcasts

This program is made possible by the generous support of 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.
$95 Progrsm Fee
$85 Early Bird Special (available until 11/25/2022) Use Code at Checkout: EB2022SJN



This Zoom event will be recorded and shared with all registrants. The video may also be used for educational purposes or made available for purchase. If you do not wish to be recorded, please turn your camera off. By registering for this event, you grant permission to BPSI to the rights of your images, in video or still, and of the likeness and sound of your voice as recorded on audio or video.

About the S. Joseph Nemetz Memorial Lecture Series

The Nemetz Memorial Lecture honors the history of American psychoanalysis. Established in 2009, the annual lecture focuses on the importance of communal memory: the idea that we honor our origins as we progress and further develop psychoanalysis in the United States. Lectures in S. Joseph Nemetz’s spirit (reflective, community-minded, and open-minded) emphasize imaginative service to the profession.

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 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. -Updated July 2021-

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 2 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 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 Stephanie Cavanaugh at scavanaugh@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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