Harvard Medical School

The Lawrence E. Lifson, MD, Psychotherapy Conference:

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2019

Friday and Saturday, May 3—4, 2019

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Pre-Conference Institute: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Beyond “Doer and Done To”: Putting the Theory of “The Third” into Clinical Practice

Jessica Benjamin, PhD

Dr. Jessica Benjamin — one of the founders of relational psychoanalysis, one of the first to introduce feminism into psychoanalytic thought, and award-winning author of the groundbreaking The Bonds of Love (1988) and Beyond Doer and Done To (2017) — is generally thought to be one of the most influential psychoanalysts of the last four decades.

Many years ago, Benjamin introduced her evocative formulations about the widespread appeal of love relationships involving domination and submission, that is, the compelling “complementarity” of “doer and done to” — “bonds of complicity” that ensnare both subjects. Benjamin is also known for having introduced the universally relevant dynamic of “mutual recognition” in relationships, whereby each subject “feels the other as a like subject with a distinct, separate center of feeling and perception.” “Coming into being” of this mutual recognition requires the indestructibility of both subjects. Intersubjectivity is therefore not a birthright but a hard-earned achievement.

Over the course of the day, Benjamin will be offering her expanded formulations (both theoretical and clinical) about the negotiation of disruption and repair in relationships (whether in the developmental realm, the psychotherapeutic realm, the social realm, or the political realm). The intersubjective process of repairing the ruptures caused by mutual enactments (“complementary impasses of doer and done to”) and of then discovering that both subjects survive is the means by which mutual recognition is achieved and/or evolved to the next level.

Benjamin will also be expounding upon her uplifting concept of “Thirdness” — “a quality of intersubjective relatedness” that is intertwined with “mutual surrender” and necessary for both subjects to embrace if they are to extricate themselves from the “doer-done to” impasses in which they will periodically find themselves embroiled, threatening complete breakdown of their intersubjective relationship. The Third acknowledges not only that these intersubjective violations are inevitable but also that both subjects will be able to work together to “restore a world in which both can live.”

Periodic ruptures caused by failures in recognition are necessary and, even, desirable because, over time, they will facilitate resolution of some of the paradoxes of human experience, namely, the struggle between self-assertion and recognition of the other as an equivalent subject, between independence and interdependence, between autonomy and relatedness, and between discovery and co-creation. Ultimately, relational processes of repair will promote the pleasure of mutuality between two subjects and the joy of sharing — whether between individuals, genders, political parties, or nations.

Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this Pre-Conference Institute, participants will be able to:

  • describe the dynamic of “doer and done to” as it gets enacted in relationships;
  • define the concept of mutual recognition;
  • clarify the relationship between The Third andmutual surrender;
  •  explain the concept of mutual survival of enacted breakdowns;
  • elaborate upon the relationship between resolution of rupture and promotion ofharmony between conflicting subjects.
8:15am Registration
8:45-9:00am Welcome and Overview, Julie Watts, LICSW
9:00am-5:00pm Conference
12:30-1:45pm Lunch (on your own)
5:00pm Adjourn

Jessica Benjamin, PhD, is considered to be one of the most influential psychoanalysts of the last four decades. She is one of the founders of relational psychoanalysis and is one of the first to introduce feminism and gender studies into psychoanalytic thought. She is well-known for her effort to explain the classical aspects of psychoanalysis using object relations, relational psychoanalysis and feminist thought. She is also a major contributor to the concept of intersubjectivity in psychoanalysis. In 2005, Dr. Benjamin received the Hans — Kilian Award for her achievements in the fields of psychoanalysis, feminist psychology and the theory of intersubjective recognition. She is the author of The Bonds of Love; Like Subjects, Love Objects; Shadow of the Other; and Beyond Doer and Done To.

Registration Note: You may register for this Pre-Conference workshop by itself or as part of a discounted package that includes the main conference on Friday and Saturday.

Main Conference: Friday, May 3, 2019 — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2019

This conference is dedicated to the memory of George G. Fishman, MD, beloved colleague and friend, who was closely associated with this conference from its very beginning.

This extraordinary 15th annual conference features renowned faculty in the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy offering their innovative and evolving reflections on the integration of theoretical constructs into clinical practice, as well as case presentations and discussions by master clinicians.

Our overriding goal will be to widen the scope of applicability of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a broader range of clinical situations and to deepen understanding of the curative process, with special attention to the contributions of both patient and therapist in the unfolding of the “cure.”

Who Should Attend

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychoanalysts
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Students in Mental Health Fields*

*Students are encouraged to attend, and discounted student rates are available. See the registration form.


Upon completion of this 2-day conference, participants will be able to:

  • Define the contributions of different paradigms to therapeutic change;
  • Evaluate various therapeutic approaches to four compelling case presentations;
  • Analyze the impact of cultural issues on the therapeutic action;
  • Determine the role of transference in the curative process;
  • Describe the difference between the transference and the real relationship;
  • Utilize the countertransference to inform a richer understanding of the patient;
  • Examine the role of the unconscious in the patient’s actions, reactions, and interactions;
  • Identify essential factors underlying negative therapeutic reactions;
  • Expound upon the importance of grieving the therapist’s empathic failures;
  • Explain indications for brief psychodynamic therapy;
  • Elucidate the therapeutic action of psychodynamic psychotherapy;
  • Demonstrate effective ways to integrate theoretical constructs into clinical practice.

Continuing this Year

  • Four thought-provoking presentations (two on Friday and two on Saturday) featuring preeminent leaders in the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Four compelling case presentations (two on Friday and two on Saturday), each followed by two discussions demonstrating the integration of theory and practice.
  • The presentations will represent a variety of treatment approaches that will widen the scope of applicability of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • The case discussants will represent different clinical perspectives that will deepen understanding of therapeutic action.


Physicians: 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 the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 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 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • The Pre-Conference Institute: A maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2019: A maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at: www.eaccme.eu.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer Continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The Pre-Conference Institute offer 6 CE credits. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2019 offers 13 CE credit.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact Jean-Marie Flynn at 617-754-1265 or by email at jean — jflynn2@bidmc.harvard.edu for the status of social work CE accreditation.

State of New York Social Workers: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School 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. The Pre-Conference Institute is approved for a 6 CE hours and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2017 is approved for 13 CE Hours.

Nurses: These programs meet the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR). Mental Health Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEPTM solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program meet the criteria for 19 clock hours.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Application for FDA/CE continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact Jean-Marie Flynn at 617-754-1265 or by email at jean — jflynn2@bidmc.harvard.edu for the status of FDA/CE accreditation.


Friday, May 3, 2019
7:45am Registration
8:15am Welcoming Remarks
Nicholas Covino, PsyD
8:30am Overview
Phillip Freeman, MD
8:45am Case Presentation: The Little Red Wagon: Empathizing with Oedipus
Richard Geist, EdD
9:30am Case Discussants
Robert Fox, LICSW
Phillip Freeman, MD
10:15am Coffee Break
10:45am Engaging with Xenophobia and Racism in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Usha Tummala Narra, PhD
11:30amPanel and Audience Discussion of Morning Presentations:
Robert Fox, LICSW
Richard Geist, EdD
Phillip Freeman, MD
Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
12:15-1:45pmLunch (on your own)
1:45pmCase Presentation:
Healing the Psychic Split: The Process of Working Through
Rafael Ornstein, MD
2:30pmCase Discussants:
Linda Carter, MSN, CS
Patricia Gianotti, PsyD
3:15pmCoffee Break
3:30pmEmbodiment and the Perversion of Subjective Desire
Andrea Celenza, PhD
4:15pmPanel and Audience Discussion of Afternoon Presentations:
Linda Carter, MSN, CS
Andrea Celenza, PhD
Patricia Gianotti, PsyD
Rafael Ornstein, MD
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:15am Overview
Alan Pollack, MD
8:30am Case Presentation:
Time, Time, Time, See What’s Become of Me: A Journey from Ledge to Life
Elizabeth Corpt, LICSW
9:15amCase Discussants:
Martha Stark, MD
Joan Berzoff, EdD, LICSW
10:00am Coffee Break
10:30am Future Tense: The Not-Yet, the Possibility of Possibilities, and the Horizons of Time
Alfred Margulies, MD
11:15am Panel and Audience Discussion of Morning Presentations:
Joan Berzoff, EdD, LICSW
Elizabeth Corpt, LICSW
Alfred Margulies, MD
Martha Stark, MD
12:00-1:30pmLunch (on your own)
1:30pm Case Presentation:
The Corrective Emotional Experience Revisited
Patricia Coughlin, PhD
2:15pm Case Discussants:
James Barron, PhD
Elizabeth (Libby) Shapiro, PhD
3:00pmCoffee Break
3:15pmAn Emotionally Empty Narcissistic Woman with a Negative Therapeutic Reaction: First Do No Harm
Eric Plakun, MD
4:00pmPanel and Audience Discussion of Afternoon Presentations
James Barron, PhD
Patricia Coughlin, PhD
Eric Plakun, MD
Elizabeth (Libby) Shapiro, PhD

Changes and substitutions may be made without notice.


Lawrence E. Lifson, MD Dr. Lifson is a Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Co-Chair, Continuing Education, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute; Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute; Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Recipient, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society’s, 2012 Outstanding Psychiatrist in Education Award; 2016 Recipient, Tufts Medical Alumni Association Dean’s Award; 2018 recipient American Psychoanalytic Association Edith Sabshin Teaching Award; Editor, Understanding Therapeutic Action: Current Concepts of Cure and The Mental Health Practitioner and the Law; and Psychology of Investing.

Martha Stark, MD Dr. Stark is a Lecturer on Psychiatry (part-time), Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance; Co-Director/Faculty, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, William James College; Faculty, Psychiatry Redefined; Adjunct Faculty, Smith College School for Social Work; Former Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis; Author, Working with Resistance, A Primer on Working with Resistance, Modes of Therapeutic Action, The Transformative Power of Optimal Stress, Psychotherapeutic Moments, How Does Psychotherapy Work? and Relentless Hope.


James Barron, PhD, Faculty member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI); Chair of the BPSI Board of Trustees; Chair of the APsaA Department of Psychoanalytic Education/Section of the Psychoanalyst in the Community; Author and Editor of articles and books on various psychoanalytic topics, including the interface of psychoanalysis and psychology, organizational responses to sexual boundary violations, self-analysis, gender and psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic perspectives on humor, impact of managed care on psychodynamic treatment, and the links between subjective states and the diagnostic process.

Joan Berzoff, EdD, LICSW, Professor Emerita, Smith College School for Social Work; Past Co-Director, Doctoral Program, and Past Director, End of Life Certificate Program, Smith College School for Social Work; Author, Falling Through the Cracks and Dissociative Identity Disorder; First Co-Author, Inside Out and Outside In and Living with Dying; Recipient of multiple writing, scholarship, teaching, and leadership awards.

Linda Carter, MSN, CS, IAAP, Jungian Analyst and Faculty, Pacifica Graduate Institute; Chair, Art and Psyche Working Group; Past US Editor-in Chief, Journal of Analytical Psychology (JAP), Past Book Review Editor, JAP and present Film and Culture Editor, JAP; Co-editor of Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis.

Andrea Celenza, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry (part-time)Harvard Medical School; Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute; Faculty, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis; Co-Director/Faculty, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, William James College; recipient of several awards; Author, Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios, and Sexual Boundary Violations: Supervisory, and Academic Contexts.

Elizabeth Corpt, LICSW, Past President, Board Member, Faculty, and Supervising Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at the Program for Psychotherapy, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context.

Patricia Coughlin, PhD, Clinical Faculty, University of New Mexico School of Medicine; past faculty, Northwestern University Medical School, Albany Medical College, and the Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine; Author, Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique, Lives Transformed (with Dr. David Malan), and Maximizing Effectiveness in Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Nicholas Covino, PsyD, President, William James College.

Phillip Freeman, MD, Training and Supervisory Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Assistant Professor and past Vice-Chair; Department Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine. Author: Adaptations, Disquisitions on Psychoanalysis 1997-2006.

Robert Fox, LICSW, Adjunct Faculty, Lesley University Division of Counseling and Psychology; Founder and Director, Institute for Existential-Psychoanalytic Therapy; Co-Founder and Steering Committee, New England Center for Existential Therapy.

Patricia Gianotti, PsyD, Academic Director and Senior Faculty, The Wayne Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy at Bellarmine University; Co-Author (with Dr. Jack Danielian) Listening with Purpose: Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability, and Uncovering the Resilient Core: A Workbook on the Treatment of Narcissistic Defenses, Shame, and Emerging Authenticity.

Richard Geist, EdD, Founder, Teaching and Supervising Analyst, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis; Executive Board, International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology; Author, Investor Therapy; Co-Editor, Psychology of Investing, Associate Editor, International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.

Alfred Margulies, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance; Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute; Recipient, Harvard Medical School Faculty of Medicine Prize for Excellence in Teaching; Recipient, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society 2013 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award in Clinical Psychiatry; Co-Founder, Cambridge Health Alliance Program for Psychotherapy; Author, The Empathic Imagination.

Rafael Ornstein, MD, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute; Supervisor, Psychiatry Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Eric Plakun, MD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center; Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, Recipient, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society 2003 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award in Clinical Psychiatry; Editor, New Perspectives on Narcissism and Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader.

Alan Pollack, MD, Faculty and Former Director of Psychotherapy Training, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Elizabeth (Libby) Shapiro, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry (part-time), Harvard Medical School; Supervisor and Teaching Faculty, Cambridge Health Alliance.

Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College; Past chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee, for Division 39, APA; Author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy.

Julie Watts, LICSW, President, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2019 Regular Registration
Full Conference (May 2-4, 2019) $550
Pre-Conference only (May 2, 2019) $225
Main conference only (May 3-4, 2019) $395

NOTE: Students, interns and fellows may register at the following discounted rates:
Full course: $275
Pre-Conference only: $125
Main conference only: $195

To Register by Mail: Download a pdf of the Registration form
Complete the fields of the form, include payment, and mail to:
Jean-Marie Flynn
75 Fenwood Road, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02115

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Refund Policy
A handling fee of $60 is deducted for cancellation. Refund requests must be received by mail or email jflynn2@bidmc.harvard.edu one week prior to the conference. No refunds will be made thereafter.

For More Information Contact
The Continuing Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School 617-754-1265 or email: jflynn2@bidmc.harvard.edu


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