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Date: Saturday, December 8, 2001

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Location: TRS Professional Suites, 44 East 32nd Street

Moderator: Martin Livingston, PhD

The concept of "optimal responsiveness", introduced by Howard Bacal in 1985, has expanded the palette of clinical interventions available to self psychologists but has also evoked controversy. APSP members Les Lenoff, Louisa Livingston, and Lynn Preston will present their perspectives on this clinical approach, followed by the views of member Crayton Rowe, who believes that concern with responding optimally interferes with the required empathic immersion. Then member Ellen Shumsky will present a patientís urgent demand for a specific form of responsiveness, giving the morningís presenters an opportunity to offer varying clinical "responses."


Date: Saturday, January 26, 2002

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Avenue at 21st Street

Presenter: Frank M. Lachmann, PhD

Frank Lachmannís presentation is derived from his new book, Transforming Aggression: Psychotherapy with the Difficult-to-Treat Patient, published by Jason Aronson. It is addressed to the clinician who works with "difficult-to-treat" patients, struggles to avoid therapeutic stalemates, seeks to understand their basis when they do occur, and strives to formulate interventions that aptly capture a patientís experience and conflicts. Feelings of anger can be vitally needed to confirm a sense of integrity, to provide a source of pride, as well as to dispel shame and depression. Expanding self psychology, Dr. Lachmann will demonstrate that the therapeutic process can transform aspects of aggression that weaken the self and interfere with relationships.

THE ANALYSTíS VULNERABILITY and Issues of Self Disclosure

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2002

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: NIP, 330 West 58th Street, Suite 204

Presenter: Martin Livingston, PhD

This presentation, adapted from Marty Livingstonís new book, Vulnerable Moments: Deepening the Therapeutic Process, published by Jason Aronson, will highlight the importance of a genuine involvement between patient and analyst. The patient is not the only one who must, at times, be willing to experience vulnerability. An analystís capacity to facilitate and deepen the vulnerable moments that arise in patients is closely related to his willingness to permit, tolerate and make use of his own vulnerability. In the context of this understanding, some issues of self-disclosure will be discussed.


The ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC SELF PSYCHOLOGY is a collegial organization whose purpose is to provide a forum for ongoing discussion, study, and further elaboration of self psychology, including newer developments like intersubjectivity. The 1997 conference "Intersubjectivity: Clinical Applications" presented a dialogue between Robert Stolorow and Lewis Aaron. APSP sponsors theoretical and clinical presentations by significant contributors to self psychology, including papers by APSP members. Other relational perspectives are also presented, with comparisons to self psychology.

APSP also sponsors participatory workshops which explore issues of current clinical concern. Members receive reduced fees for these programs. Programs for Members Only, such as the Original Papers series, Close Reading of Texts, Listening to Clinical Process and Case Consultations with Master Clinicians, offer an opportunity to present, discuss and interact in informal settings. There are no fees for Members Only series. You are invited to become a member of APSP by returning the membership form below.

You will receive detailed announcements for each program a few weeks before each meeting, with all registration information, including locations and fees. No admission cards will be sent after registration; your name will be on our registration list at the door. For further information about programs, call Marty Livingston at 212-685-4336.


As a member of APSP, you will be entitled to receive reduced rates for the programs listed above as well as invitations to free Members Only events. Return the form below with your dues to APSP, 215 East 79th Street, Apt. 13C, New York, NY 10021. For further information about membership, call Jean Owen at 212-288-8592.

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