The Making of a Psychoanalyst by Claudia Sheftel-Luiz, Ed.M. PsyaD

1.5 CEU’s

To resolve pathology and effect cure, psychoanalysts must invite and effectively manage the patient’s “worst self” in treatment — including the most stubborn, destructive, repetitive and unconscious components of character. Much training and preparation goes into withstanding and working effectively with these intense states. First, the psychoanalyst must learn how to leverage their own countertransference so as to use their own emotions as instruments for diagnosis and cure. Second, a cogent set of proven clinical methods have to be mastered, most notably, “the contact function” and “emotional communication.” And finally, a solid foundation in metatheory has to be built which includes a profound knowledge of conflict theory, structural theory, drive theory and object relations. In this workshop, case histories will illuminate what these components of training are, how they work together, and why mastering each of them is vital to helping patients recover from a wide range of psychological disturbances and traumatic events.

Learning Objectives:
1. Apply an understanding of how countertransference is leveraged in diagnosis and cure.
2. Identify 2-3 clinical methods in psychoanalysis that have been proven to ensure continued unfolding in the psychoanalytic process.
3. Analyze patient dynamics from within a framework of four distinct theories of the mind, including drive theory, structural theory, conflict theory and object relations.

Dr. Claudia Sheftel-Luiz, Ed.M., Harvard University (1982), PsyaD, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (1997) is the author of “The Making of a Psychoanalyst.” Her advice column, Claudia Confidentially,” was syndicated for five years on the (now defunct) Daily News Transcript. She is the first-place winner of the 2006 Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Writing (published in Modern Psychoanalysis) and first place winner of the 2008 Reader’s Digest Best Writer’s Website Award. Dr. Luiz is on the faculty of the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston, New Jersey, and has offices in Norwood, MA and Tarrytown, NY. She lives with her husband John Luiz, a writer, with whom she shares two college-age daughters.

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Date(s) - October 2, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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