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Again: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case

  • 22 Jan 2011
  • 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • St. Joseph's University - Haub Center in McShain Hall

Again: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case


PCPE and PSPP are co-sponsoring a program entitled “Again: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case.”  This program will take place on January 22nd, 2011, at the Haub Center at St. Joseph’s University on City Line Avenue in Philadelphia.  It will begin at 1:30 pm and end at 6 pm. 

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,” “self-psychological,” and Lacanian.  In the original program, we featured a psychoanalyst from our local region, Ruth Fischer, MD,  plus two others who were not local (Jules Miller, MD,  Chicago, IL,  and John Muller, Ph.D., Stockbridge, MA).  Frank Marotta, Ph.D.,  who earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Temple University, provided the case material.  At that time he was practicing in Northampton, Massachusetts.  That panel continued to give the program at several different venues, including at an annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New Orleans, LA. 

More than twenty years later we offer the same program but this time featuring all local psychotherapists.  Again, we have asked a non-local psychotherapist to offer the case material.  We are fortunate that Dr. Deborah Fraser of New York City has offered clinical material for our comparison of the three perspectives.  The discussants for this program will be Peter Badgio, Ph.D., representing the Classical perspective; Deborah Luepnitz, Ph.D., the Lacanian perspective; and Rachel K. McKay, Ph.D., the Relational perspective.  The moderator will be Dennis Debiak, Psy.D.

After this program concludes formally, there will be a social hour for participants to continue the discussion.

About the Presenters

Peter Badgio, Ph.D., is on the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP).  He is faculty and supervisor in the Psychology Internship program at Pennsylvania Hospital, supervisor in the Psychiatry Residency program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and supervises neuropsychology interns from Widener University.  Dr. Badgio received analytic training in the Institute of the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis.  He is a long-time member and former officer of PSPP, and was a founding board member of PCPE.  He practices psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and neuropsychology in Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia.

Dennis Debiak, Psy.D., is graduate and founding Board member of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP).  He practices in Philadelphia and Swarthmore and teaches courses in clinical supervision at Widener University, where he is the coordinator of the Psychoanalytic Collective.  Dr. Debiak is also Secretary of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of APA and Past-President of both PSPP and PCPE.  

Deborah Fraser, Ph.D., is a psychologist and psychoanalyst practicing in New York City.  Dr. Fraser received her doctorate from Adelphi University in 2000, and subsequently pursued analytic training at the William Alanson White Institute in New York.  She is an  adjunct clinical professor at Adelphi University, Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Garden City, NY, and as adjunct faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York, NY.  She has a number of publications and presentations, particularly in the area of substance abuse and sexual behaviors in suicidal adolescents.  

Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D.,  is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy (1988) and Schopenhauer’s Porcupines (2002).  Dr. Luepnitz was a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan.  In 2009 her article,"Thinking in the Space Between Winnicott and Lacan" was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.  In 2005 she launched I.F.A. (Insight For All), a pro bono project that connects psychoanalysts with formerly homeless adults.

Rachel Kabasakalian McKay, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with a private practice in therapy and supervision in Philadelphia.   She received her analytic training at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP), of which she is a founding board member.  Dr. McKay, who received her doctorate from Adelphi University in 1995, has taught in the graduate programs at Chestnut Hill College and Widener University, and worked for a number of years in college counseling center settings.   She has served as president of PSPP, and is currently on the board of PCPE.  Dr. McKay is currently collaborating with colleagues at IRPP in teaching and writing about central aspects of what constitutes a Relational clinical stance.

Registration Fees and Policies

Registration received on or before January 10, 2011

PSPP members $95

Non PSPP members $105

Early Career Professionals* $50

Full time graduate students No fee/Donation

Registration received after January 10, 2011

PSPP members $105

Non PSPP members $115

Early Career Professionals* $60

Full time graduate students No fee/Donation 

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

*Early Career Professionals are those who are within three years of graduation with their doctorate or other professional degree

Online registration is available at the PSPP website http://www.pspp.org/  through January 19, 2011. 


St. Joseph's University - Haub Center in McShain Hall                5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Haub Center is located on the 5th floor of McShain Hall, on the west side of City Avenue, at the end of the pedestrian footbridge.  

For a map and directions visit:www.sju.edu.


From Philadelphia International Airport:

I‐95 South to Rt. 476 North. Exit at Rt. 1 North (City Avenue) – Rt. 1 becomes City Avenue. 

From the South (Delaware):

I‐95 North to Rt. 476 North to I‐76 East (Schuykill Expressway) to Rt. 1 North (City Avenue) – Rt. 1 becomes City Avenue. 

From the West:

PA Turnpike to Valley Forge exit. Go EAST off the Turnpike toward Philadelphia. Follow to Rt. 1(City Avenue) exit. Continue on City Avenue approximately 2 miles. 

From the East:

I‐76 West to City Avenue exit. Continue on City Avenue approximately 2 miles.


Parking is available in the Hawks Landing Parking Garage on the east side of 54th Street just south of City Avenue.  The Haub Executive Center is located on the fifth floor of McShain Hall on the north side of City Avenue, a short walk from the parking garage, at the end of a pedestrian footbridge across City Avenue.  A campus map and additional directions may be found at http://sju.edu/about/campusmap/index.html

Program Schedule

1:30 Registration

1:45 Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Fraser, Dr. Debiak

2:00 Dr. Fraser presents case material 

2:45 Break

3:00 Discussants speak 15 minutes each

3:45 Dr. Fraser comments

4:00 Panel discussion 

4:30 Audience questions and discussion

5:00 Social hour begins


This program is intended for mental health professionals.  The instructional level is intermediate.

Continuing Education Units

Psychologists and Social Workers 

This program is offered for 3 continuing education credits (3.0 CE).  Participants must attend ALL of the program.  Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued.  This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.  Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.  Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists and Social Workers.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  PCPE, PSPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists.  

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