February 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
141 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
6172660953 ext 107

Treating the Bully and the Bullied: Recent Psychoanalytic Perspectives

3 Sessions: Tuesdays, Feb 20, 27; Mar 6, 2018

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure, only. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Over the course of these three evenings we will discuss the phenomena of childhood bullying from a psychoanalytic viewpoint. The impact of social and technological change on child development has brought this issue into our consulting rooms in new ways, as schools and parents struggle to understand and help their children. Through case presentations, we’ll look at concepts which can help us understand bullying, such as sadomasochism, the bystander as an “analytic third” and constructs of social aggression.


David Levoy, MD — Candidate Member, and Faculty of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATP) and Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy programs, BPSI. Private practice in Newton, MA.

Jane Hanenberg, EdD — Psychoanalyst Member, Supervising and Training Analyst, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training program, BPSI. Private practice in Watertown, MA.


Learning Objectives
After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe three cultural concerns that contribute to the kinds of bullying that we see in our offices today.
  2. Identify and explain two basic psychoanalytic concepts inherent in the bullying/bullied dynamic.
  3. Describe three psychoanalytically based interventions for children who bully or are bullied.



Kerzner, S. (2013). The Crucial Role of the “Third” in Bully/Victim Dynamics, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 33(2), 116-123, DOI: 10.1080/07351690.2013.764700

Twemlow, S. & Sacco, F. C. (2013) Bullying Is Everywhere: Ten Universal Truths About Bullying As A Social Process In Schools & Communities, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 33(2), 73-89, DOI: 10.1080/07351690.2013.759484

Billow, R.M. (2013). The Bully Inside Us: The Gang in the Mind. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 33(2), 130-143.


8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Group Discussion.


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 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 physician. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.5 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 program fulfills the requirements for 4.5 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: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617/266-0953 or office@bpsi.org for more information.

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon 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.

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/Director of Continuing Education, 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.