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AGAIN: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case

  • 13 Feb 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Sharpless Auditorium, Haverford College, Haverford, PA


  • Early career professionals are those within seven years of receiving their professional degrees.
  • No fee/donations

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PCPE/PSPP Joint Meeting

AGAIN:  Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sharpless Auditorium, Sharpless Hall, Haverford College 

PCPE (Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education) and PSPP (Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Education) are co-sponsoring a program entitled Again: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case. This program will take place on February 13, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Sharpless Auditorium, at Haverford College, in Haverford, PA. 

In June 1989 in the early years of PSPP, we sponsored a highly successful program Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case.  The three perspectives were “classical,” Lacanian, and “self-psychological.”  In the original program, we featured a psychoanalyst from our local region, Ruth Fischer, M.D., plus two others who were not local (Jules Miller, M.D., Chicago, IL, and John Muller, Ph.D., Stockbridge, MA). Frank Marotta, Ph.D., then practicing in Northampton, MA, had earned his doctorate at Temple University; he provided the case material. 

That panel continued to give the program at several different venues, including an annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New Orleans, LA. 

More than 20 years later, in 2011, we offered the same program but this time featuring local psychotherapists and members of PSPP.  We asked for a clinician from New York City to provide the clinical material. The panelists on this program were Peter Badgio, Ph.D., Deborah Luepnitz, Ph.D., and Rachel K. McKay, Ph.D. Dennis Debiak, Psy.D. served as moderator. Deborah Fraser, Ph.D., associated with the William Alanson White Institute in NYC, gave the clinical material about her patient. Both PCPE and PSPP felt pride in our local development as a thriving community of psychoanalytic psychotherapists. 

In 2014, PCPE and PSPP offered a variation of this program by featuring the work of a psychoanalyst working with a child. Laurel Silber, Psy.D. organized that panel with Norka Malberg presenting the case material, and Marjorie Bosk, Ph.D., Gabriella Serruya-Green, Psy.D., and John Frank, M.D., discussing the material.     

Now, in 2016, we offer the program featuring Lawrence Blum, M.D., Deborah Luepnitz, Ph.D., and David Mark, Ph.D., as the panelists. Philip Rosenbaum, Ph.D., will provide the case material. Audre Jarmas, Ph.D. will serve as moderator. The Three Perspectives being represented in this panel are Contemporary Freudian, Lacanian, and Relational. 

After this program concludes, there will be a social hour for participants to continue the discussion.  It will be held in the Rotunda of INSC, adjacent to Sharpless Auditorium.

Program Schedule

1:00 Registration

1:15 Welcome, Overview, and Introduction of Dr. Rosenbaum, Dr. Jarmas

1:30 Dr. Rosenbaum presents case material (including history, treatment overview, dreams)

2:00 Break

2:10 Contemporary Freudian Perspective: Dr. Blum

2:30 Lacanian Perspective: Dr. Luepnitz

2:50 Case presentation continued: Process material: Dr. Rosenbaum

3:10 Relational Perspective: Dr. Mark with Dr. Rosenbaum

3:40 Panel discussion: Drs. Rosenbaum, Blum, Luepnitz and Mark

4:10 Participants’ questions and discussion: Panel and Audience

4:30 Social Hour begins in the Rotunda adjacent to the auditorium.  


1. Participants will observe how a case unfolds, and be able to identify the dynamics and conflicts,

2. Participants will be able to identify the main elements in each of the three perspectives presented,

3. Participants will be able to discuss the tree in terms of the commonalities and differences in the perspectives.


Lawrence Blum, M.D.  Dr. Blum is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Center City, Philadelphia.  He teaches and supervises at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and in the Anthropology and Psychiatry Departments at the University of Pennsylvania.  At Penn he is co-director of the new undergraduate minor in psychoanalytic studies.  His scholarly publications include papers on “The Psychodynamics of Postpartum Depression,” “Music, Memory, and Relatedness,” and "The ABD Student and the Psychology of the Doctoral Dissertation."

Audre Jarmas, Ph.D.  Dr. Jarmas is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who is a graduate and faculty member of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP), as well as a PCPE board member. Dr. Jarmas also served for 10 years as a consultant to the Upper School of Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA, in addition to her full time private practice in Bala Cynwyd, PA. 

Deborah Luepnitz, Ph.D.  Dr. Luepnitz  is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of  Pennsylvania, and is also on the faculty of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. She is an Associate Faculty member with the new Psychoanalytic  Studies Program at Penn.  Dr. Luepnitz is the author of 3 books, including Schopenhauer’s Porcupines, which has been translated into 7 languages.  She is a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan, and her article,  "Thinking in the Space Between Winnicott and Lacan" was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2009.  Two years ago, she received the "Distinguished Educator Award" from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education.

David Mark, Ph.D.  Dr. Mark is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in the Philadelphia area. He is director of The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia.  His articles have appeared in Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  In 1997, he co-authored, with Jeffrey Faude, Ph.D., The Psychotherapy of Cocaine Addiction: Entering the Interpersonal World of the Cocaine Addict, published by Jason Aronson.

Philip J. Rosenbaum, Ph.D.   Dr. Rosenbaum is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Haverford College.  He received his psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. He is the editor of the recently published book Making Our Ideas Clear: Pragmatism and Psychoanalysis.


This program is intended for mental health professionals. The instructional level is intermediate. Participants with special needs will be accommodated if possible. For any questions or other concerns regarding access, confidentiality, privacy or other issues, please contact Jane Widseth at mailto:jwidseth@haverford.edu.


Sharpless Auditorium is in Sharpless Hall on Coursey Road on the Haverford College Campus.  Please go to www.haverford.edu  and search for Campus Map to find location of the building.  Parking is in the South Lot, beyond Sharpless Hall on Coursey Road, off Walton road.  Handicapped parking is next to Sharpless Hall also on Coursey Road. 

Haverford College is a 15 minute walk from the Haverford station of the SEPTA R5 local train, and roughly a 20 minute walk from the Haverford station of the P & W, Norristown line. 


Registration received on or before January 22, 2016

PSPP Members $95

Non-members of PSPP $105

Retired members of PSPP $70

Early career professionals* $70

Full-time graduate students No fee/Donation

Registration received after January 22, 2016

PSPP members $105

Non-members of PSPP $115

Retired members of PSPP $80

Early career professionals* $80

Full-time graduate students No Fee/Donation

*Early career professionals are those within seven years of receiving their professional degrees. 

Fees are listed per person. Refunds, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 48 hours before the program.  Division 39 and PSPP/PCPE are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in their Continuing Education activities.

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


This program is offered for three CE credits (3.0 CE). Participants must attend ALL of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued.

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.

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.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Jay Moses, Ph.D., at 267-254-0791, or at mjaymoses@gmail.com.

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