September 10, 2015 @ 11:00 pm – September 11, 2015 @ 1:30 am
Wilson Hall
234 Herrick Road
Newton Centre
MA 02459
Drew Brydon
617-266-0953 x 105



7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at BPSI,

234 Herrick Road, Newton Centre MA

Pre-registration is required, space is limited.

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What do we actually have in mind when we think about change in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis?  Dr. Kite will review formal and informal ideas about change, with an emphasis on the role of new experience in promoting what most of us think of as change. The paper will be organized around a ten year clinical analysis in which the analysand both wished for and dreaded change, and the analyst was conscripted into an ongoing sadomasochistic universe of relationships in which nothing could change and very little could be understood.  The difficulties in this treatment led the analyst to re-think the basis for the strong stands that such patients take against change, and the central role of early trauma in the wish to defeat the analyst and the analysis and foreclose new experience. This will be contrasted briefly with another case in which significant change occurred.  Dr. Kite will make the point that serious consideration of our most difficult cases will often illuminate the very real obstacles to lasting change understood as new experience of the self with a new object.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Contrast structurally based and experientially based theories of change.
  2. Identify and assess the role of early trauma as an obstacle to psychic change.
  3. Utilize a fine-grained examination of clinical process to follow the movement towards and away from change.


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation; 8:00 pm – 8:20 pm: First Discussant; 8:20 pm – 8:40 pm: Second Discussant; 8:40 pm – 8:55 pm: Response from Presenter; 8:55 pm – 9:30 pm: Group Discussion and Q&A


  1. M. Feldman and E. Bott Spillius eds., Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change:
  2. Selected Papers of Betty Joseph. Routledge, 1989.
  3. E. Hargreaves and A. Varchevker eds., In Pursuit of Psychic Change: The Betty Joseph Workshop. Routledge, 2004.
  4. Schafer, Roy. Tragic Knots in Psychoanalysis. Karnac, 2009.
  5. Shengold, L. (2011) Trauma, Soul Murder and Change. PsyQ., 80:121-138.


Jane V. Kite, PhD: Training and Supervising Analyst, BPSI; Member, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Private Practice in Cambridge.

Margaret A. Cramer, PhD, ABPP: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Part-time MGH/Harvard Medical School; Candidate, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute.

Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS: Assistant Psychiatrist, McLean Hospital; Candidate, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute; Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School.

Jane Thorbeck, EdD: Faculty, BPSI; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Part-Time, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; Private Practice, South End, Boston..

This program is FREE.  The target audience for this program is clinicians at all levels.

Continuing Education certification for this event is available for a $30 fee.

The fee is waived for BPSI trainees and members.

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 through the joint providership of the 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 2.5 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 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 activity offers 2.5 hours of CE credits for psychologists.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617.266.0953 or office@bostonpsychoanalytic.org for more information.






Grievance Policy

Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.