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Exploring Emerging Accommodations to the Psychoanalytic Frame – A Panel Discussion

April 14, 2023 — 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Current significant accommodations to the traditional analytic frame beg the question: how do we handle communications from patients outside sessions? Psychoanalytic clinicians tend to emphasize the importance of the frame, creating containing boundaries in which to foster a relationship with a patient. How does the ubiquity of technology in today’s world impact or alter the frame? When is it clinically useful to “expand” the frame, when is it more beneficial to “contract” it, or adhere to boundaries more strictly? Texting patients, making last-minute accommodations, or addressing missed sessions can be challenging for the clinician and the treatment. We invite you to think about the discomforts, feelings, and orthodoxies surrounding these aspects of clinical work. We hope to spark discourse around dimensions of clinical work that otherwise might go unspoken and open the conversation to include a variety of approaches and perspectives.


Noel Bohl-Fabian, LCSW is a fourth-year candidate at PTI-CFS and a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan working with adults, adolescents and families. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, and has a certificate in Psychedelic Integration from Fluence. She specializes in working with issues related to sexuality including sexual trauma and gender identity; psychoanalytic treatment of substance abuse; and has a special interest in non-ordinary states of consciousness. Noёl was awarded the IPSO Writing Award and the Plumsock Prize in 2022 for her paper, “The Effects of Psilocybin-Induced Ego Dissolution in a Case of Gender Dysphoria: A Psychoanalytic Investigation.”

Ellen C. Klosson, PhD is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, and on the faculty at CFS. She has been on the founding core faculty of George Washington University’s Psy.D. Program. Prior to analytic training, she worked with inpatient adolescents in long term treatment. She is currently in private practice in Darnestown, Maryland, where she is engaged with several colleagues in supervising clinicians in Ukraine.

Su Li Lee, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in the Virginia/Maryland area. Currently with a group practice as a clinician, she also chairs dissertations and teaches at a graduate school for clinical psychology. She has an academic background in the liberal arts and graduate training in experimental psychology. She is currently a candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington, DC.

Debbie Merav, LMHC Debbie has a full time psychotherapy practice in Manhattan. She received her masters degree in rehabilitation counseling from Hunter College and is a certified vocational rehabilitation counselor. She worked in the field of substance abuse and addiction for several years before returning to school at the University of Buffalo for an Advanced Certification in Mental Health Counseling. After earning her New York State License in Mental Health Counseling, she pursued advanced postgraduate training in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. She received an Advanced Certificate in the treatment of eating disorders, compulsions, and addictions from the William Alanson White Institute. Debbie is currently a third-year psychoanalytic candidate at the Contemporary Freudian Society in NY.

Program Fee:  $60 General/$50 CFS Members/$30 Candidates & Students

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe traditional ideas about the Psychoanalytic Frame
  2. Identify 3 emerging accommodations to the traditional Psychoanalytic Frame.
  3. Describe clinical situations in which the frame influences the treatment.

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.

Continuing Education Credits:

NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.

NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provide of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

Psychologists: The CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  (DC, MD and VA Psychologist licensing boards accept CE credits provided by an APA approved Sponsor.  All other psychologists should check with their licensing boards.)

DC, MD and VA 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.

CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form. No partial credit will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 1.5 CE credits.

Important Disclosure Information: None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


April 14, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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By Zoom


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