Society of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

SICP Lecture Series

Note: This year’s SICP lecture series is three Fridays and a Thursday, so make sure to check the day. All lectures are from 7:00 – 9:00 pm with registration starting at 6:30. The location for the lecture will always be the ICP Library, 1841 Broadway, 4th floor, New York, NY 10023 (enter on 60th Street), unless otherwise stated.

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Supervision of problems and problems in supervision: Establishing and maintaining effective supervisory process with Martin Rock, PhD

Supervision of problems and problems in supervision: Establishing and maintaining effective supervisory process

with Martin Rock, PhD

Friday, November 17, 2017

7:00pm – 9:00pm

CEUs are currently pending!

Problems, conflicts, disappointments, even impasses occur frequently in psychotherapy supervision. Any trained therapist, and many analytic candidates and graduate students I talk to, has a story or two of frustration, shame, struggle, and often “repair” as well. Supervision often goes smoothly and both parties feel satisfied and enhanced. However difficulties and conflicts are very common, so much so, that I’d say that they are part of the process. We should even welcome them, because they represent first hand opportunities for both members of the supervision dyad to learn about dissociated aspects of their own and of the therapeutic interaction.  But it is crucial that we discuss some good ideas about how to understand and negotiate them. The longer they go on, the more learning is compromised. Recognition and repair of disruptions in the supervisory relationship can deepen and strengthen that relationship. Continued dissociation or suppression can lead to pseudo-supervision or disruption or failure. My aim is to promote reflective thought in both members of the supervisory dyad and to highlight the essential idea that supervision, like psychoanalytic psychotherapy, is based on experiential learning with a responsive partner.

In fact, I think that there is a general principle that underlies the whole endeavor: What is learned in supervision is a function of the interpersonal context in which it is learned. I’ll talk about co-participant dialogue, parallel processes, enactment, transference and countertransference, evaluation anxieties, the teach-treat dilemma, the myth of the supervisory relationship, implicit theories of change, and other basic processes. In addition, I will talk about what and how the supervisee learns, the nature of therapists’ growth in supervision.

About the Presenter:

Marty Rock is a supervisor in the 4 year, 2 year, and AT programs at ICP and taught supervision seminars at ICP, NIP, and MIP.  His book, Psychodynamic Supervision: Perspectives of Supervisors and Supervisees, is a basic text in courses on supervision at graduate schools and psychoanalytic institutes across the country. He is an Emeritus Associate Professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University where he taught, supervised and researched the process and outcomes of supervision and psychotherapy for 4 decades. He has presented papers at ICP, NYU Postdoctoral Program, APA Div. 39, The International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. Marty is in private practice of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, couples therapy, and group and individual supervision in NYC.

The Inequality of Shame: Political, Relational, and Psychic Trouble with Sue Grand, PhD

The Inequality of Shame: Political, Relational, and Psychic Trouble

with Sue Grand, PhD

ThursdayFebruary 1, 2018

7:00pm – 9:00pm

CEUs are currently pending!

In the clinical and cultural arenas, psychoanalysts have illuminated the toxicity of shame; we primarily focus on ameliorating that shame.  We have attended little to the relational and political imbalances of shame that persist in relational, political, and cultural arrangements. The dominant can often seem shameless; they maintain power through the extrusion of shame into the exploited Other, who then internalize that excess in cycles of disempowerment. These systems are implicated in issues of race, class, gender, and in our current political moment. In this presentation, we examine both the excesses and the deficits of shame that characterize these systems. This presentation proposes a concept of creative relational shame, illustrates its potential  to recalibrate power dynamisms, and to facilitate social justice.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Sue Grand is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; faculty, the trauma program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies; faculty, the Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis; visiting scholar at the Psychoanalytic Institute for Northern California, and a fellow at the Institute for Psychology of the Other. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, and the author of The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective and The Hero in the Mirror: from fear to fortitude. With Jill Salberg, she is the co-editor of The Wounds of History and Trans-generational Trauma and the Other. She is in private practice in NYC and in Teaneck NJ.

The Schwartz Memorial Lecture: Psychoanalytic Reflections with Sandra Buechler, PhD

The Schwartz Memorial Lecture: Psychoanalytic Reflections

with Sandra Buechler, PhD

Friday, March 9, 2018

7:00pm – 9:00pm

CEUs are currently pending!

I think it was Kierkegaard who said that life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.  Looking back, over fifty years as a clinician, I can trace some themes that have preoccupied me from the start of my career, although I doubt that I could have named them at the time. But I have always been interested in education and, increasingly, in what can prepare candidates for a life in analytic practice.

Well before I wrote my first book, (Clinical Values, 2004) I was exploring the roles, for both of treatment’s participants, of hope, curiosity, courage, integrity, and other emotion driven motivators. My love for poetry and fiction never abated, and found its way into much of my work, most especially my (2015) book, Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature.

In this presentation I reflect on the need for each clinician to forge a signature style of treatment that resonates with our values, our priorities, our life experiences, and, more generally, who we are, as human beings.

About the Presenter:

Sandra Buechler, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. In addition to many papers on emotions and psychoanalysis, she has written Clinical Values: Emotions that Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment, (Analytic Press, 2004),  Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives, (Routledge, 2008), which won the Gradiva award, Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career, (Routledge, 2012) and Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature, (Routledge, 2015) which looks at problematic patterns of behavior as portrayed in short fiction. Her most recent book is Psychoanalytic Reflections: Training and Practice (IPBooks, 2017) in which she reflects on what can sustain analytic education and treatment.

The Overlooked Importance of the Therapist’s Attitude: A Self Psychological Perspective with Richard Geist, PhD

The Overlooked Importance of the Therapist’s Attitude:

A Self Psychological Perspective

with Richard Geist, PhD

Friday, May 4, 2018

7:00pm – 9:00pm

CEUs are currently pending!

Kohut observed that when it comes to understanding and facilitating therapeutic change, it matters more who you are than what you do. This presentation discusses how the emotional convictions inherent in our attitude toward the patient inevitably deepen or impose hobbling restrictions on every treatment. Using verbatim material, the paper argues that when sharing and participating in another’s subjective emotional life becomes an inherent part of an analytic sensibility, connectedness fosters an attitude that affects the analyst’s treatment approach in four important areas: our receptivity to permeable boundaries, our capacity and willingness both to be vulnerable and to share our subjectivity, our desire to protect our patients, and our responsiveness to our patients’ tendrils of health. These form four corners of an attitude that deepens and widens the analytic treatment in ways that transcend and at times are more important than the content of our interventions.

 About the Presenter:

Richard Geist received his undergraduate degree and his doctorate in Psychology from Harvard University and for 30 years was Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry (Psychology), Harvard Medical School. He is a Founding Member, Faculty, Supervising analyst, and former member of the Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. In addition Dick is on the Executive Board of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Dr. Geist was one of the first psychologists in Boston to embrace Self Psychology theory and practice, and he has been teaching and supervising it for over 30 years. He has written numerous papers on clinical self psychology, including papers on how empathy heals, re-conceptualizing the oedipal complex, boundaries in treatment, eating disorders, the forward edge, and several papers on connectedness between analyst and patient. He has been a senior supervising psychologist at Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dick maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Newton, Massachusetts where he sees Children, adolescents, adults, and couples. He also supervises privately, teaches private self psychology seminars and directs a self psychology study group.



About SICP

SICP is the professional society of ICP, The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, a New York State not-for-profit corporation with offices at 1841 Broadway, New York, NY.

SICP sponsors educational activities that further professional discourse within ICP as well as in the broader psychoanalytic community.

The SICP Lecture Series is an annual series of four lectures on topics of interest to the psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic community, including The Schwartz Memorial Lecture, which is co-sponsored by The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

In addition, each year SICP hosts ‘SICP Weekend,’ a weekend-long retreat comprised of several lectures as well as additional opportunities for learning, networking and connection.


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Continuing Education Information

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*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts.

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*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists.