IPA Working Party/Groups


APsaA is happy to announce three IPA Working Party Groups will take place prior to APsaA's 2018 National Meeting. In these sessions, a small group of psychoanalysts will use verbatim material prepared by a presenting analyst. Each working party group meets for a day and a half, following a method carefully developed over many years to explore the analytic process.

Cost: $140.00
Monday, February 12 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration and payment for all three groups will be handled by the individual groups. You can not register through APsaA. See below for details.


North American Working Party Group: Comparative Clinical Methods

Moderators: Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D. (San Francisco, CA)
Robert White, M.D. (New Haven, CT)

Notes: Participants must be psychoanalysts

Register: Email Abbot Bronstein 
Write "Comparative Clinical Methods" in the subject line

Maximum # of registrants: 18 (2 slots for advanced candidates)

Continuing Education: 10.5 hours of Continuing Education credit through the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.
Cost for CE credits ($10.00 per unit) will be paid directly to SFCP.

The Working Party on Comparative Clinical Methods (CCM) has been designed to allow analysts, to talk across theoretical divides. The members of the groups have a work task: to understand how the presenting psychoanalyst works in their consulting room. The group attempts to uncover both the explicit and implicit analytic theory and method. Over two days of meetings discussions focus directly on the presenter's way of working, first by considering the function and purpose of each "intervention" in depth (Step1). Following Step 1, members of the group "construct" from their discussion of the clinical hours, a picture of the presenter's work (Step 2).

IPA Clinical Observation Workgroup: The three level model for observing transformations in the Psychoanalysis

Moderators: Steven Goldberg, M.D. (San Francisco, CA)
Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick Hanly, Ph.D. (Toronto, Canada)

Notes: Participants must be psychoanalysts

Register: Email Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick Hanly or Steven Goldberg 
Write "Clinical Observation Workgroup" in the subject line

Maximum # of registrants: 11 (3 slots for advanced candidates)

Continuing Education: No Continuing Education Credits

A group of 14 psychoanalysts will use a brief history and verbatim material prepared by a presenting analyst from the opening sessions and from two later points in a psychoanalysis. Using the model's format and questions as a basis for discussion of the clinical material, transformations in the patient's psychic functioning and in the analytic process are observed. The Three Level Model allows psychoanalysts to identify more precisely what changes have, and have not (or not yet) occurred. The workshop creates a space to share theoretical approaches in a respectful way that provides the opportunity for the clarification of concepts through reference to the shared clinical material, while observing change and no change, and the nature of the therapeutic action.

The Specificity of Psychoanalytic Treatment Through Inter-analytic Group Work

Moderators: Ronnie M. Shaw, RN, MS (Denver, CO)
Second moderator to be announced.

Notes: Registration is open to members, of APsaA, IPA, NAPsaC associations and others by permission, and Candidates.

Register: Email Ronnie Shaw

Write "WPSPT-IAGW" in the subject line

Maximum # of registrants: 16

Continuing Education: Verification of attendance will be offered in the form of a letter, but there are no Continuing Education Credits for this group.

The research aim is to identify the fundamental aspects of psychoanalytic treatment. The methodology applies the tenets of the psychoanalytic methodology itself. Three/four consecutive sessions of a current analysis are presented to a group of psychoanalysts. The group work constitutes two interconnected
components of psychoanalytic research. The methodology has evolved from the work of, E. Sechaud, J. L. Donnet and R. Kaës and others. The group 'constructs' the patient. Unconscious derivatives, based upon conscious and unconscious basic assumptions, deepens inter-analytic work that constitutes a diffraction of the patient and analytic couple.