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Upcoming Event: Christopher Bonovitz May 9, 2020

Upcoming events

    • 28 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • 09 May 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Haverford College

    Note: This program consists of 3 sessions:

    • 28 Apr 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 05 May 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 09 May 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Event Details:

    Course Description 

    In this Saturday seminar, New York City-based Child and Adult Psychoanalyst Christopher Bonovitz, Psy.D. will review the contributions of Stephen Mitchell, Anne Alvarez and Hans Loewald in exploring the idea that development continues through the lifespan. The connectedness between the past, present and future will be featured as a central influence in facilitating development through time and instilling a sense of continuity. Clinical vignettes of a child and adult patient will be presented to illustrate the relationship between temporal unity/fragmentation with regards to negotiating developmental hurdles that we cannot necessarily trace back to early life.  

    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.

    Co-Facilitators of Reading Discussion

    Debby Bierschwale, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Narberth, PA, working with adolescents, adults and couples. She is a faculty member of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, where she is currently completing psychoanalytic training. She enjoys writing and translating psychoanalytic concepts into concise, simply-stated ideas that are accessible to the general public.

    Marc Carafa, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia and Doylestown, PA. He is a factually member of the Institue for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, Widener University, and a medical staff member of Doylestown Hospital. He is currently completing psychoanalytic training at IRPP.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Participants will develop a working understanding of why development continues through the lifespan.

    2. Participants will have a working knowledge of how the relationship between past and present contributes to facilitating development.

    3. Participants will understand the seminal theorists and their contributions to the idea that development extends beyond childhood and the developmental tasks of young and middle adulthood.  

    4. Participants will learn how to frame a clinical process with developmental thinking according to Mitchell, Alvarez, and Loewald. 

    5. Participants will be able to articulate the changes to developmental theory that have reoriented clinicians to the action of the therapeutic change process. 

    6. Participants will be able to recognize the importance of integrating experience that emerges in a clinical process in fragments.

    7. Participants will learn the properties of emergence relative to developmental processes.

    8. Participants will develop a way of working with developmental hurdles in children and adults using an understanding of temporal unity and fragmentation.

    Dates: Reading Discussion -- April 28th & May 5th, 2020, Tuesday evenings 7:00 - 9:00 

    Saturday Workshop – May 9th, 2020, 10:00 - 4:00, lunch provided

    Location: Haverford College

    Tuesday evenings: Whitehead Campus Center, Room 205-B

    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. No partial credit will be awarded.  


    Cost is $240 for IRPP grads and PSPP members; $260 for non-member professionals; $180 for ECP's

    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

08 Nov 2019 Play for a Change: Therapeutic Action in Contemporary Child Psychotherapy
16 Mar 2019 Turbulent Times: Inside and Outside the Consulting Room
23 Sep 2018 The Piggle Speaks: Rereading Winnicott's Classic Case in Light Of Conversations with the adult "Gabrielle."
27 Jan 2018 Conference Announcement: Creative Strategies for Trauma Treatment
23 Jan 2018 The Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Patterns Within a Cultural Context in Child Treatment
11 Jan 2018 IRPP Classes Dues and Registration Spring 2018
30 Aug 2017 IRPP Classes and Dues -- Fall 2017
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
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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
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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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