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Ethical and Intrapsychic Aspects of Closing an Office
Lucy Daniels Center
9003 Weston Parkway
Cary NC, 27513
Saturday, April 01, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Category: Scientific Programs

Ethical and Intrapsychic Aspects of Closing an Office
Presented by Norman A. Clemens, MD

Ethical issues, both professional and personal, are inherent in every aspect of closing a practice of psychoanalysis or psychodynamic psychotherapy. This is true whether the closure is voluntary and planned or sudden and unexpected. Ethical issues are involved when there are reasons to consider closure but closure is declined. For senior psychoanalysts or those in poor health, the situation may be especially fraught with loss, mourning, attachment and narcissistic issues, internal conflict, and the operation of psychic defense mechanisms, along with stress and distress induced by external reality. Dr. Clemens and the audience will explore these issues together.

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About the Presenter: Norman Clemens, MD is a general adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who until 2011 had a private practice in a University-based, full-service medical building. At the end of July 2011, Dr. Clemens closed his private office and retired from active practice.  He remains active in teaching, consultation, supervision, and professional writing.  Dr. Clemens is Emeritus Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, Training and Supervising Analyst at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, President of the American College of Psychoanalysts and Councilor-at-Large of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 
Where: Lucy Daniels Foundation (click here for directions)
Time: 10 am - 12 noon, registration and refreshments being at 9:30 am
CME credits:2 / CE Credits: 2 Category A / NBCC: 2 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Educational Objectives:
At the close of this presentation the participant should be able to:

  1. Define the diverse ethical considerations involved in closing a practice
  2. Be more mindful of the psychodynamic forces involved in making a decision to retire – or not retire – from practice under conditions of advancing age or disability, and the effect of those forces on ethical responsibilities
  3. Attend to preventive measures to uphold ethical responsibilities in case of sudden death or severe disability at any point in a psychoanalytic practice

Fee $45 ($50 at the door)
No Charge for PCC members, full-time students with ID and trainees in the departments of social work, psychology and psychiatry.  Needs based scholarships are available upon request. Contact our administrator for details.

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CE & CME Information:
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 American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. 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 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 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.


The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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