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Contemporary Freudian Society

Receptivity and Contact: Clinical Workshop with Dr. David Taylor, Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society

One Session Program (3 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Dr. David Taylor
Date: Saturday, September, 23, 2017
Location: American University, School of International Service, Rm 300, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Time: 10:00am-1:15pm

Dr. David Taylor, an experienced psychoanalyst and teacher in the contemporary Kleinian tradition, will discuss a case presented by Ms. Debra Zatz from the Contemporary Freudian Society.  Dr. Taylor will emphasize the discernment of the point of emotional contact with the patient, and the complex nature of developing one’s receptivity as an analyst to the quality of the patient’s anxiety.  There will be ample discussion with the group, limited to thirty members.

David Taylor is a Training & Supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS). His main job is that of a practicing psychoanalyst. He holds a Visiting Professorship at University   College, London, Psychoanalysis Unit and is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust of which he was formerly medical director as well as clinical director of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS). He wrote the manual for the psychoanalytic psychotherapy tested.  A trustee of the Melanie Klein Trust, other roles include chairing the IPA’s Clinical Research Committee and Member of the Board & Council of the BPAS. He supervises in Heidelberg and Vienna and has lectured widely. Recent papers include the later work of Bion and the relationship between clinical and empirical forms of inquiry, as well as ongoing studies of depression. Current work includes the relationship between real and ideal objects and the basis of anxiety hysteria.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, Participants will be able to:

1) Describe the centrality of the concept of receptive functioning in the analyst to clinical work.

2) Describe the meaning of following one’s patient in the hour from a Kleinian perspective.

3) Explain the importance of the psychoanalytic recommendation to develop a complex awareness of a point of contact with patients;

4) Explain how to address the points of maximal anxiety in clinical work with their patients.


Continuing Education Contact Hours:

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and The Contemporary Freudian Society. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MedChi designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The Contemporary Freudian Society is authorized by MedChi to grant CMEs for this program.  Upon completion of this program and online survey, participants will be granted certificates for   3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed evaluation form.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 3 CE credits.

Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for Psychologists.

Professional Counselors: The Boards of Professional Counselors in the District of Columbia and Virginia will accept continuing education credits for Counselors attending a program offered by an APA-authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for psychologists.  The Board of Professional Counselors in Maryland will accept CE credits granted by a program that is recognized by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Psychologists and Social Workers.

Who should attend

The instructional level for this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.

CFS Members $130
Non-CFS Members $130
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $90
No Refunds
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at or 732-446-4867.
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