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Upcoming events

    • 30 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Dec 2017
    • 11:30 PM
    • Consult class schedule

    These fees are for Fall 2017.

    • 23 Jan 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Haverford College

    Course Description

    This reading dialogue will explore the intergenerational transmission of attachment patterns from parent to child and the cultural context surrounding these patterns. Using an Interpersonal-Relational theoretical perspective, an extended treatment with a pre-adolescent boy will be presented that illustrates the various permutations of attachment patterns between parent and child, their manifestation in the transference and countertransference, and the therapist’s attempt to create psychic space for symbolic communication and the processing of disorganized affective experience.

    Presenter: Christopher Bonovitz, Ph.D.

    Faculty, Supervising & Training Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology & Clinical Consultant, New York University (NYU) Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis; Faculty & Supervisor, the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, & the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues & the Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Currently completing an edited book with Andrew Harlem on Development & Therapeutic Action.


    Laurel Silber, Psy.D. is in private practice with children and families in Bryn Mawr. She teaches at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia courses on child relational work and is currently spearheading the child relational psychotherapy program.  She has published articles in the area of childism, play and intergenerational transmission of trauma.

    Marjorie Bosk, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist who has been in private practice over 35 years. She has a special interest in very young children and families. Dr. Bosk works closely and deeply with parents as well as the child and has found that in so doing, intergenerational traumas are able to (can) be understood and worked with to facilitate repair and growth in child, parent and their relationship. Dr. Bosk is privileged to be associated with IRPP and the institute’s commitment to keeping the child in mind.

    Learning Objectives

    (To be determined.)

    Dates: January 23, 30, 2018 Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:30 reading sessions

    Saturday Workshop – February 3, 2018, 10-4, lunch provided

    Location: Haverford College

    Tuesday evenings: Room 205c of Whitehead Campus Center

    Saturday: Dining center, further details to be announced.

    Contact: Laurel Silber, Psy.D. 610-527-5503 or laurelsilber@gmail.com

    CE Credits

    Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded for attending the two reading meetings and the Saturday workshop.


    Cost is $195 for PSPP members; $225 for non-members

    To register, please go to pcpeonline.org or by mail to: PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez; 500 College Avenue; Swarthmore, PA 19081.

    Educational Prerequisites

    PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

    Continuing Education for Psychologists

    The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to psychologists who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety. 

    Continuing Education for Social Workers

    The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers. Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to social workers who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety.

    Special Needs Policy

    If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Laurel Silber, Psy.D., at 610-527-5503, or at laurelsilber@gmail.com.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, if you cancel your registration at least three weeks prior to the start of a program.

Past events

04 Jun 2017 Open House
26 Feb 2017 Town Hall Meeting
11 Feb 2017 Cultural & Contextual Subjectivities & Dilemmas in the Clinical Encounter
09 Jan 2017 Assembling a Gendered Self at Adolescence
20 Oct 2016 Ferenczi and His Heirs: The Evolving Role of the Analyst’s Subjectivity in Clinical Practice
07 Sep 2016 Assembling a Gendered Self at Adolescence
13 Apr 2016 IRPP Classes and dues
02 Apr 2016 The Freud/Ferenczi Letters, a Staged Reading of Selected Letters
01 Mar 2016 Treating Couples on the Brink
13 Feb 2016 AGAIN: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case
20 Jan 2016 IRPP Classes and dues
17 Nov 2015 Race, ethnicity, and the trans-generational transmission of trauma: Clinical process meets cultural perspectives
09 Sep 2015 IRPP Classes
11 Mar 2015 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE RETURN FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Where's the baby? Keeping the child in mind in psychoanalysis. Reading seminar and workshop.
31 Jan 2015 Treating Eating Disorders in an Analytic Context: Clinical Conundrums
28 Oct 2014 The therapist’s fear of harming and the perpetuation and resolution of enactments
21 Sep 2014 Psychoanalysts on the Street: Community Initiatives in Philadelphia and Beyond
26 Feb 2014 Dynamic Linking of Psyche and Soma: Redefining the Terms of Engagement in Relational Psychoanalysis
30 Jan 2014 The Impact of Infidelity and the Influence of Individual Therapists on the Couple and the Couple Therapy: Pitfalls and Possibilities
20 Nov 2013 “Relationalizing” Winnicott: A Dialogue with Joyce Slochower
20 Oct 2013 Virtue Ethics, Clinical Wisdom, and Narratives from the "Virtuous" Psychoanalyst
20 Sep 2013 Bringing Back Childhood For the Future of Society
02 Feb 2013 Again: Multiple Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case
28 Nov 2012 Intersubjectivity in the treatment of dissociation: Converging perspectives from affective neuroscience, relational psychoanalysis, and empirical research
10 Oct 2012 'Winnicott's Search for Himself as a Clinician'
20 Feb 2012 Clinical Writing and The Personal Essay (February 20 and 27, March 10)
20 Jan 2012 Expanding the Frame
23 Oct 2011 PCPE Ethics Workshop
12 Sep 2011 Bruce Reis Reading Seminar and Workshop
04 May 2011 Therese Ragen Reading Seminar
22 Jan 2011 Again: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case
21 Mar 2009 Special Ethics Workshop: Ghislaine Boulanger, Ph.D. "When Diagnoses Obscure The Real: Ethical Considerations Surrounding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder"

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