January 8, 2016 @ 12:00 am – 2:30 am
Wilson Chapel
234 Herrick Road
Newton Centre
MA 02459


6:15 PM Reception
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
141Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Lecture
Wilson Hall
234 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

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Jonathan Kolb, MD

Lisa Citrin, LICSW; Wendy Epstein, PhD

Kimberly Boyd, MD

During the course of the last 40 years, mainstream North American psychoanalysis, and particularly BPSI, have gone from being a place of one dominant theory, to being a place of multiple theories.  It seems the task of anyone learning analysis, at whatever stage, to choose a theory, to be able to self-identify with a theoretical tradition, and to relate that theory to one’s practice.  In this talk, I review my roughly 40 years of trying to do something with the theories I have encountered.  In a sense, then, I am dealing with my transference to theory, and the ways I compare the insights of theory to the experiences of doing clinical work.  I give a kind of autobiography of my struggles, failures, and successes in relating to theory, and what that has to do with the work of being a therapist and analyst.

Learning Objectives:

  1. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to discuss ways that practitioners engage with theory in the course of clinical practice.
  2. Participants will be able to demonstrate how clinicians’ identities and the theoretical underpinnings of their work can shift over the course of their professional development.
  3. Participants will be able to recognize clinical difficulties as potential opportunities to refine and broaden their theoretical understandings and modify their approach to their patients.


Jonathan Kolb, MD (Presenter) Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Faculty, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program; Recipient, Philip Isenberg Awared for Teaching, McLean Hospital.
Lisa Citrin, LICSW (Discussant) Candidate, Adult Psychoanalysis, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Private Practice, Cambridge, MA; Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance.
Wendy Epstein, PhD (Discussant) Faculty, Fellowship/ATP, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Advanced Candidate, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Private Practice, Brookline, MA.
Kimberly Boyd, MD (Moderator) Co-Chair, Academic Lectures and Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.


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: Discussion with Q&A


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  2. Ogden, T.H. (2004) An Introduction to the Reading of Bion. Int. J. Psycho-Anal. 85: pp. 285-300. PEP Web Link
  3. Sandler, J. (1983). Reflections on Some Relations Between Psychoanalytic Concepts and Psychoanalytic Practice. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 64: 35-45. PEP Web Link
  4. Spezzano, C. (1998). The Triangle of Clinical Judgment. JAPA, 46: 35-388. PEP Web Link

The academic lecture is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends.  Your gift to BPSI helps us continue offering educational programming. 

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This program is FREE. The target audience for this program is clinicians and academics 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

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