The Place Where We Live: How Do We Think About Psychoanalytic Process

A Virtual Program with three distinguished psychoanalysts: Christine Anzieu Premmereur, Peter Goldberg, & Michael Parsons, moderated by Steven Cooper.

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

9:00AM - 11:00AM EDT
Online registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom Meeting Link.
To receive Continuing Education, registration must be completed by Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT.


The question of how we think about psychoanalytic process has been with us from the beginning. Freud (1913) suggested that a process is “set in motion,” something “watched over” by the analyst, that can be “furthered, removing obstacles along the way…but once begun, it goes its own way.” Is a process engendered in the patient? Does an analyst “become a servant of a process” as Masud Kahn (1969) suggests? Is it an active aspect of the analyst’s imagination, shaped by her particular theories? Or is it characterized by the interaction between patient and analyst? Is process unique to each psychoanalytic pair, and if so, how can we make general statements about its nature? How is psychoanalytic process deepened?

In “The Place Where We Live,” Winnicott (1971) explores the interlocking themes of potential space, early development, psychoanalytic process and the nature of culture in general. This offers a fitting title for framing considerations of our current and developing culture to help us ask questions such as: “Where Have We Been” and "Who Are We Becoming” as an institute and as treaters in relation to the process of psychoanalysis. 

We will explore this topic in a virtual program with three distinguished psychoanalysts who offer distinct and nuanced perspectives on the nature of psychoanalytic process. Each of our panelists will prepare a brief paper representing their views on process, to be distributed in advance of the conference. In the first part of our meeting, our panelists will each speak about the pre-conference papers, and more generally about their ideas regarding psychoanalytic process. Then we will hold a panel discussion moderated by Steven Cooper in which panelists can explore the overlap and differences related to their ideas about what we mean by process. Attendees will have an opportunity to suggest questions and topics for discussion both prior to and during the event. 

This program is designed to enhance participants’ understanding of psychoanalytic process as a concept and its application to their clinical work. Practitioners will learn to identify factors that both facilitate and inhibit a psychoanalytic process in clinical work with their patients. 


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.


Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, MD, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center Parent-Infant Program.

Peter Goldberg, PhD Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. He is Chair of Faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Faculty at the Wright Institute Berkeley.

Michael Parsons, MBBS Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Member of the French Psychoanalytical Association.

Steven Cooper, PhD (Moderator) Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and Chief Editor Emeritus at Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Dr. Cooper is the author of three books, most recently, “The Analyst’s Experience of the Depressive Position”, published in 2016 by Routledge.


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


This program will be of interest to non-practitioners and practitioners at all levels of training. 

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

  1. Utilize at least three approaches to analytic process as applied to their clinical work.
  2. Assess the value of at least three clinical and theoretical approaches to thinking about analytic process.
  3. Explain and compare three theoretical constructs developed to think about analytic process.
  4. Describe at least three intrinsic and extrinsic factors related to the analytic setting and specifically in their clinical work.


9:00-9:10 Welcome and Introduction; Presentation #1, 9:10-9:30; Presentation #2, 9:30 –9:50; Presentation #3, 9:50-10:10;
Break 10:10 - 10:20; Discussion between Panelists 10:20 –11:00.

Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $65 Early Bird (use code: EB2021NEM); $75 Regular (as of 10/19/2020)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians, Residents, and Students, and BPSI Members and Partners.

Continuing Education 
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 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 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 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 1.5 NBCC Clock Hours.


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Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon-Cardoso 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.

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