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Scientific Program -- Lee Rather and Amy Levy - Cancelled
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Scientific Programs

Program Cancelled - To Be Rescheduled

"Fragile Containers: Social Upheaval

and Its Impact on the Therapeutic Dyad"

with Lee Rather, PhD and Amy Levy, PsyD


Program Description
With the acceleration of social change, economic uncertainty, global political upheaval, climate change, and technological development, the contemporary psychotherapist is increasingly confronted with the impact of the outside world on the sanctity of the consulting room. Diagnoses and patient reports of anxiety, perfectionism, and overall vulnerability appear to be increasing dramatically. More than ever, the contemporary therapist needs tools to think about not only intrapsychic and the interpersonal dynamics, but also cultural and existential dynamics in order to consider the impact of these forces on the individual and collective psyche. Making reference to the work of theorists such as Wilfred Bion, Ernest Becker, Christopher Bollas and Carlo Strenger to help psychotherapists formulate and discuss the manic and melancholic aspect of modern life.

Program Cancelled

When:  Saturday, April 18, 2020  
Where: Lucy Daniels Center, 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC
Time: 10 am - 12 noon, onsite registration and refreshments begin at 9:30 am
Cost: $45 ($50 at the door), No Charge for PCC members, LDC staff & board, full-time students with ID and trainees in the departments of social work, psychology and psychiatry

CME credits:2 / CE Credits: 2 / NBCC: 2 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance  

Needs based scholarships are available upon request. Contact the Programs Manager for details.

About the Presenters

Lee Rather, PhD, is a Personal & Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and a faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. He has taught and lectured extensively on the work of Freud, Ferenzci, Klein, Kohut, Winnicott, Bion, Matte-Blanco, Meltzer, Ferro, and the American Relationalists. He is in private practice in San Francisco where he provides psychoanalysis, individual and couples therapy, and professional consultation.

Amy Levy, PsyD,  is a Psychoanalytic Psychologist who trained in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. She has published and presented on her elaborations on Wilfred Bion’s theories as well as hysteria. Dr. Levy has also presented professionally on psychoanalytic group work and theory. Dr. Levy taught psychoanalytic and group theory in various graduate programs in California and has worked as a forensic and assessment psychologist in Los Angeles. Since moving to North Carolina, she has renewed her interest in psychoanalytic teaching and writing. Dr. Levy maintains a private practice in Durham, treating adults and adolescents.

Leaning Objectives: By the end of the session, learners should be able to:

1.Describe the cumulative impact of the contemporary cultural surround on the individual psyches of their patients.
2.Explain the fundamentals of the theory of the group unconscious as described by Bion and others.
3.Describe the impact of the group and culture in terms of the internalization occurring in the superego and the preconscious ego.
4.Explain the differences between “interpretation” and “interpolation”. 


This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians at an intermediate to advanced level.
Program Cancelled

CE & CME Information:
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 American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. 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 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
If you have special needs or want information about our cancellation policy, please contact the Programs Manager at 919-490-3212.

1.       Describe the difference between presenting problems best understood in s of family history and those best understood in terms of the dynamics of the collective.

2.      Explain how to make interpretations that do not use “external reality as a defense” but takes in these realities as true psychological factors.

3.      Apply Carlo Strenger’s theory of the “fear of their insignificance” to better understand splitting and tribalism in the narcissistic structures of patients’ emotional worlds.

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