April 10, 2014 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre
MA 02459
Victoria Vacaro
617-266-0953 ext. 105


Adam Corneel Major Teachers of Psychotherapy Lecture

Jointly Sponsored with McLean Hospital



8:00 PM, Berenson Hall, Friedman Building,

Hebrew College 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA


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At a number of key points in its development, psychoanalysis has encountered instances of rethinking, assimilation of new observations, and challenges from analysts with alternative views from those of the then dominant paradigm. At each of these points, some features of the then current view were modified and others were retained. In this presentation Dr. Wachtel will examine these critical choice points and explore what theoretical choices were compelled by the clinical data or the requirement of remaining consistent with the fundamental features of psychoanalytic thought and which choices skewed the psychoanalytic mainstream in directions that were viable but not essential. Put differently, he will examine what alternative constructions and reconstructions of psychoanalytic theory and practice were possible at each of these choice points and how psychoanalysis would look today if these alternative theoretical choices had been thoroughly pursued. 

Among the choice points Dr. Wachtel will focus on are those represented by: (1) Freud’s 1897 letter to Fliess concluding that some of the reports of seductions by his patients were actually fantasies rather than veridical memories; (2) Freud’s reworking of his theory of anxiety in 1926; (3) Alexander & French’s introduction of the concept of the corrective emotional experience; (4) Bowlby’s development of attachment theory. He will discuss as well such more recent alternative theoretical formulations as Stern’s concept of unformulated experience and Bromberg’s focus on dissociated self-states. In considering each of these, he will examine where and how these alternative formulations have been incorporated in mainstream psychoanalytic thought, where they have been rejected but reintroduced under different names, and where the potential for deep reexamination of psychoanalytic assumptions and practices has still not been sufficiently pursued.



Learning Objectives
After attending this session, participants should be able to better understand:

1. The logic of the psychoanalytic emphasis on the past and early development and the ways in which psychoanalytic observations can be formulated in terms of forces operating in the present.

2. The relation between influences on behavior and experience that derive from “inner” sources and influences that derive from “external” influences.

3. The relative therapeutic contribution of insight, new relational experience, and mastery of conflict and anxiety through direct experiential exposure to what has been defended against.



Reading recommendations

1. Wachtel, P. L. (2008). Relational theory and the practice of psychotherapy. New York:

Guilford [available in the library, 4.51 Wac].

2. Wachtel, P. L. (2011). Therapeutic communication: Knowing what to say when, Second

Edition. New York: Guilford [available in the library, 6.8 Wa].

3. Wachtel, P. L. (2014). Cyclical psychodynamics and the contextual self: The inner world, the

intimate world, and the world of culture and society. New York: Routledge.




SpeakerPaul L. Wachtel, PhD is CUNY Distinguished Professor, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Adjunct Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, and the Advanced Psychoanalytic Certificate Program in Psychotherapy Integration at the National Institute for Psychotherapies.

This program will be of interest to mental health practitioners at all levels of training.

The Program is free. Continuing Education certification for this event is available for a $30.00 fee.

Please forward your request and payment to BPSI, 169 Herrick Rd, Newton Centre, MA 02459.

The fee is waived for BPSI trainees and members.



Continuing Education:

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship 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 1.5 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 1.5 hours of CE.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education hours for relicensure in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW-MA and the Boston College and Simmons College schools of Social Work.


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