2024 ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE OBJECT RELATIONS INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

EROTIC TRANSFERENCE and EROTIC COUNTERTRANSFERENCE:
PIONEERING WORK of FEMALE ANALYSTS with MALE PATIENTS, VIVID CLINICAL CASES

Date: Saturday March 23, 2024 (SATURDAY), 10AM – 4:30PM EST/NYC
Location: Virtual live!

CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION: 8.5 CE HOURS
for NYS Psychologists, NYS Social Workers and the APA,
5.5 HOURS for Licensed Psychoanalysts

PANELISTS:
Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD,
Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R,
Loray Daws, PhD

MODERATOR:
Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION:

This conference will focus on erotic transference and countertransference through the pioneering work of female analysts with male clients/patients. The opening of erotic transference dynamics can allow the repressed areas of healthy erotic desires and capacities to emerge. Perhaps because the erotic transference was often seen only in its defensive aspects rather than as the birth and evolution of a primary and vital part of the self, many psychotherapists have been inhibited in receiving the intense erotic desires, fantasies, and particularly transference fantasies of their patients. Also, there has been inhibition in conscious containing of erotic countertransference feelings to use such powerful feelings and fantasies of the patient. Through the vivid case studies from published journal articles, this conference will address the avenue to the use of the erotic transference and erotic countertransference as transitional phenomenon that ultimately leads to the re-owning of repressed or split-off areas of the erotic psyche in all its creative manifestations.

Many issues of the analyst’s availability for this kind of work will be discussed, along with how it can be encouraged through the understanding of symbolic expression of intense desires and intense romantic longings, as the case examples illustrate through the words of the patients.

Examining the clinical benefits of being open to erotic transference and countertransference are the developmental psychodynamics that evolve when erotic longings are welcomed rather than ignored, feared, or interpreted only as defense. The role of mourning as a developmental process will also be discussed.

Many psychotherapists and psychoanalysts hesitate to allow the recognition of potential erotic transference. In the meantime, allowing the dissociated and/or repressed areas of erotic transference to emerge is part and parcel of allowing whatever comes up from the unconscious of patients to speak in treatment. Also, the defensive aspects of erotic transference may need to be addressed, while still being open to the evolution of erotic desire (feelings and fantasies) for the development of the whole related and creative personality.

Beyond the acknowledgement of erotic transference and countertransference by the psychoanalyst, is the working with these avenues to conscious whole self-development and the working with the resistances that block the symbolic expression of these intense phenomena.  Psychoanalysts need to be open to acknowledging erotic desires from patients, and to seeing how countertransference within themselves can give clues to that not yet being openly spoken about by patients. Only when psychoanalysts are open to symbolic understanding of erotic transference and countertransference can patients feel free to surrender to the erotic parts of themselves in treatment.

When looking at erotic transference as a transitional and creative phenomenon in psychoanalytic clinical treatment, it is also important to see how the presentation of erotic transference cases since the time of Freud (1915) were limited to cases of male psychoanalysts with female patients. Glenn Gabbard (1992, 1994) published two cases on erotic transference and erotic countertransference pertaining to his work as a male psychoanalyst with female patients. Gabbard became known for his work and consulting in relation to erotic transference, and for cases in which there were boundary violations.

However, it was also in 1992 that Susan Kavaler-Adler published an article, “Mourning and Erotic Transference,” which illustrated the work with erotic transference by a female psychoanalyst, who was working with a male patient. Years later, Janine de Peyer (2022) published her article, with a case on erotic countertransference, pertaining to her work as a female psychoanalyst with a male patient. This case will also be presented in this conference to illustrate the female analyst’s work with erotic countertransference, as Susan Kavaler-Adler’s case related to the primary work with the patient’s erotic transference.

Susan Kavaler-Adler’s presentation will focus on the developmental evolution of a male patient with a female analyst. Her presentation will also speak about how a patient’s capacity to mourn, at both preoedipal and oedipal levels, can allow the psychoanalytic “holding environment” to contain the experience of intense affect and intense fantasy and dream states, so that they can be productively expressed in symbolic form within the Object Relations psychoanalytic treatment. The role of the female psychoanalyst as a transitional erotic object will also be seen, as mourning opens the transitional space. She will also demonstrate how a man who originally could not successfully date a woman became capable of engaging in a deep and intimate relationship with a woman during the latter time of his psychoanalysis, which evolved in marital engagement and marriage. Dr. Kavaler-Adler has published many articles on erotic transference, including one on work between the female analyst and a female Lesbian and bi-sexual patient, “Lesbian Homoerotic Transference in Dialectic with Developmental Mourning: On the Way to Symbolism from the Protosymbolic,”

In her presentation, Janine de Peyer will ask: “Why is so little written about the female analyst’s sexual desire?” De Peyer’s presentation will explore cultural and gender prohibitions against the acknowledgement of female analysts’ erotic arousal within the therapeutic dyad. Anchored by a clinical case in which an older, cisgendered, heterosexual female analyst finds herself unmoored by erotic stirrings toward her younger cisgendered, heterosexual male patient, de Peyer will explore the emergence of transference-countertransference dynamics of desire and the absences of desire, and their culturally embedded associations to gender, power, agism, and the incest taboo.

Intersubjective complexities, meanings, and clinical opportunities that arise through the dissection of analytic desire will be examined through the lens of dissociative transference-countertransference dynamics, and the clinical implications of projective-identification.  Whether a heterosexual, same sex or gender variant analytic couple, erotic/sexual feelings can be aroused in clinical work. De Peyer’s paper unpacks the hazards and opportunities inherent within both the material and the erotic transference and countertransference, while highlighting the contribution of the analyst’s own developmental history. Drawing primarily from the works of Atlas, Celenza, Davies, Elise and Kavaler-Adler, questions about self-disclosure versus containment will be a central focus.

A discussant on the conference panel, Loray Daws, will help give voice to the very meaningful, and yet complex, clinical issues raised by the topic of erotic transference and erotic countertransference, particularly in relation to female psychoanalysis with their male patients.

Our distinguished panel will be moderated by the distinguished senior psychoanalyst, Stefanie Teitelbaum. Questions and Comments from all conference attendees will be welcomed.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (in EST/EDT/NYC time):

Morning session:
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch:
1:00pm – 1:45 pm

Afternoon session:
1:45 pm – 4:30 pm

LEARNING POINTS

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:

  • Compare the erotic transference and the erotic countertransference.
  • Analyze the development of each patient presented in the primary cases.
  • Compare and contrast the free evolution of the erotic transference with the defense against erotic transference in the case study of the female psychoanalyst as a transitional erotic object for a male patient with the patient’s defensive avoidance of the erotic transference with the psychoanalyst.
  • Compare the role of the female psychoanalyst as a transitional erotic object for a male patient with the patient’s defensive avoidance of the erotic transference with the psychoanalyst.
  • Analyze how projective identification plays a critical role in the countertransference experience of the psychoanalyst.
  • Analyze how being in love with the analyst can become a transitional avenue to separation, developmental mourning, and growth, as opposed to the defensive avoidance of self-awareness that can operate when the transitional role of the psychoanalyst is not facilitated by developmental mourning.

Short BIOs of the Panelists

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, hDLitt, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, who has been in practice in Manhattan for 45 years. In addition to treating individuals and couples, she conducts ongoing groups in her practice, such as a monthly writing group, a monthly online experiential supervision group, and a monthly “Mourning, Therapy, and Support Group” with guided visualization. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a Training Analyst, Senior Supervisor and active faculty member at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, a NYS Board of Regents chartered psychoanalytic training institute.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author, with published six books and over 70 articles and book chapters in the field of object relations psychoanalytic theory. Dr. Kavaler-Adler received 16 awards for her psychoanalytic writing. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Controversial Conversations (IJCC). More information can be found at https://kavaleradler.com/.

Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R is Faculty and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, and the Florida Psychoanalytic Center. She is Associate Editor with Psychoanalytic Dialogues, an international speaker, and has published on transference/countertransference, eroticism, dissociation, and the Uncanny. Publications include “Unspoken Rhapsody: Female Erotic Countertransference and the Dissociation of Desire” (2022); “Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind” (2016); and “Private Terrors: Sexualized Aggression and a Psychoanalyst’s Fear of Her Patient” (2002). Originally from London, Janine is in private practice in Manhattan where she integrates EMDR and creative visualization within a relational psychoanalytic framework.

Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW is a Graduate of NPAP.  She is a member, supervisor, training analyst, and on the faculty of NPAP, IEA and ORI.  Stefanie serves on the advisory board of the Psychoanlaytic Review.  She has been practicing psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in New York City since 1993, is also a former staff psychotherapist at the  Lower Eastside Service Drug-Free Out Patient Program.  Her psychoanalytic papers have been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, The American Journal of Psychoanalysis and Otherwise – The On-Line journal of IFPE.

Loray Daws, PhD, is a registered Clinical Psychologist in South Africa and British Columbia (Canada), and is currently in private practice in British Columbia (Canada). Dr. Daws has published and works in the areas of Daseinsanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy (disorders of self, psychosomatic difficulties), and mental health ethics. Dr. Daws serves as a Senior Faculty member at the International Masterson Institute in New York and both teaches and supervises in South Africa, Australia, U.S.,  and Turkey in the psychoanalytic approach to disorders of the Self. He is currently a fourth-year candidate in training at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Loray Daws is the editor of 5 books, and he also serves as the assistant editor for the Global Journal of Health Sciences in Canada, as the evaluator and international advisory board member for the International Journal of Psychotherapy, and the assistant editor for EPIS (Existential Psychoanalytic Institute and Society).

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
2024 Winter Educational Events at ORI
January 18, 202 – March 23, 2024
Live Online
Session #1: Developmental Journey to Selfhood: Object Relations Process and the Emerging Self in Work of James Masterson and Susan Kavaler-Adler (Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt) (14.5 CE)
Session #2: Erotic Transference and Erotic Countertransference: Pioneering Work of Female Analysts with Male Patients, Vivid Clinical Cases (Panelists: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt; Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R, Loray Daws, PhD, Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R) (8.5 CE)

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORIPP).  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 23.0 hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirements.
*OK: Accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities but not for ethics and/or online courses.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs:
AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WDC, WI, WY
AL MFTs: Credits authorized by NBCC or any other state licensing agency will be accepted.

MA MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (held outside NY ONLY), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers:
AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)

Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 23.0 hours.

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)

Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 23.0 hours.

National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) 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. #P‑0019. 5.5 CE hours

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee: $25 (in addition to the registration fees). No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

REGISTRATION AND FEES:

Early Bird registration (before February 1, 2024)
$70 regular/ $45 grad students & candidates/ $20 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Regular registration (from February 1, 2024 — to 6pm EST/EDT on March 22, 2024)
$90 regular/ $65 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Registration ‘at the door’ (after 6pm EST/EDT on March 22, 2024)
$110 regular/ $75 grad students & candidates/ $30 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee (in addition to the registration fees): $25. No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for retired or disabled practitioners, or need-based or/and those who live outside of the USA.
To apply for your scholarship, please go to the registration form below.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before March 24th, 2022. No refunds for cancellations made on or after March 24th, 2022 (but credit can be applied for any of the educational events offered at the ORI in 2023 or further on).

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