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Contemporary Freudian Society

CREATING THINKING SPACES “Analyst and Patient in the Here and Now: A Comparative Clinical Methods Workshop”

One Session Program (4 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Abbot A. Bronstein, PhD
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Location: The Fenton Room, Second Floor, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Parking – free parking in public lot across the street from Civic Center on Ellsworth
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm (12-1 Lunch Break)

The Working Party on Comparative Clinical Methods (CCM) has been designed to allow analysts to talk across theoretical, linguistic, and cultural boundaries in order to study the implicit and explicit clinical theories psychoanalysts use in their consulting rooms.  During CCM Working Party meetings, groups of analysts gather to work on explicating particular aspects of the analytic process.

This program will be a workshop on the process and method of the Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party.  Dr. Bronstein will provide clinical material that includes interventions, taken from the analytic process material of six analysts, who span the spectrum of analytic schools in North America, from Kleinian, Freudian, Relational, and Kohutian.  We will explore together the method and the steps followed in the full two-day working party clinical meetings.  Attendees will be presented with the task of understanding how the analyst works.  The workshop group will focus both on the overall method, as well as specifically look at how analysts interpret in their work with patients.  We will also have clinical material from a child analysis to contrast and compare with the work of adult analysts.

Following a brief presentation on interpretation, the group will work using the “Steps 1 and 2” developed by the CCM Working Party in Europe and adapted by the North American Working Party.  Step 1 attempts to describe the six kinds of interventions analysts make.  Step 2 helps clarify the theory the analyst has and uses about psychopathology, how analysis works itself, the analyst’s view of transference, and other categories that together comprise an analyst’s clinical method.  Attendees will consider the function and purpose of each “intervention” in depth (Step 1), and then construct, from their discussion of the clinical material, a picture of the presenter’s work (Step 2).  In this workshop, the specific focus will be on the way analysts use interpretation and, in particular, how interpretation in the “here and now” is understood by different analysts in their clinical work.

Abbot A. Bronstein, PhD is a Psychoanalyst in San Francisco, a graduate and faculty member of SFCP, and a training and supervising psychoanalyst in the IPA. He is an Editorial board member of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Editor of the Analyst at Work Section of the IJP.  Dr. Bronstein introduced the European Working Party Groups to North America and chairs the IPA North America Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party Group.  He was recently honored as a distinguished analyst in 2017 at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association, where he has led a discussion group on Kleinian clinical thinking for over 20 years.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the two steps foundational to the CCM.
  • Define the differences between explicit and implicit theories of psychoanalysis.
  • State three different ways psychoanalysts interpret, enact and use the here and now.
  • Compare and contrast here and now interpretations from a Kleinian, Kohutian, and Freudian theoretical model.


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 4 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 4 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 4 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.  This program is for analysts and analytic candidates only.


CFS Members $110
Non-CFS Members $130
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $25
No Refunds
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at or 732-446-4867.
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