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Contemporary Freudian Society

"The Analyst's Unconscious" A Clinical Workshop led by Albert I. Pieczanski, MD

One Session Program (6 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Kathryn Rickard, PhD
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Location: TBD
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (2 Hr Lunch Break)

This workshop is an extension and application of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s working party on “Unconscious Theories in the Mind of the Analyst at Work,” which has been exploring ways in which the dynamic unconscious present in the analyst’s mind can be seen in the interaction between patient and analyst.

The workshop leader, Dr. Alberto “Tito” Pieczanski, will explain the mechanics of the work group and provide a brief conceptual and historical introduction, after which Dr. Rickard will introduce her work with the her analysand, and then read detailed process notes.  After listening to the session, attendees will try to infer unconscious dynamics in the analyst’s mind as they are evidenced in the clinical material.  The group will attempt to discover unconscious theories in the analytic process, and if detected, they will try to understand how the analyst’s unconscious theories compare with her consciously held theories and how these unconscious theories inform the content and style of the analyst’s interventions.


  1. The instructional level of this program is advanced and specific to psychoanalytic thinking. Attendance is limited to 20 analysts or to students who have completed or are currently in their fourth year of training.  
  2. Attendees must complete the entire workshop. Partial attendance negatively affects group dynamics.
  3. The group’s role is not to supervise the presenter. Nor will we evaluate treatment results.  Our job will be to establish the thoughts and theories that informed Dr. Rickard’s interventions and infer the unconscious dynamics that might have been involved.
  4. Dr. Rickard will not participate in the group discussion, but at the end will share her viewpoint about the workshop including its value in understanding her work and her patient.

Albert I. Pieczanski, MD completed Medical School in Buenos Aires, specializing in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. He completed his first psychoanalytic training at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association in Buenos Aires where he is a Full member and Training Analyst.  He subsequently completed a second training at The British Psychoanalytic in London.  Dr. Pieczanski has also trained as a child psychoanalyst.  In London, he practiced at both the Tavistock and the Portman Clinics.  He is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association and since 2012 he has been a member of the IPA Working Party that is researching a model to infer the unconscious of the analyst while working.  He is currently in private practice in Washington, DC and teaches, supervises, and leads study groups locally.

Kathryn Rickard, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Chevy Chase and Silver Spring Maryland.  She received her Psy.D. From GWU in 2005 and became a member of the Contemporary Freudian Society in 2016. Dr. Rickard treats children and adults and has special interests in trauma and panic disorder.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. State three unconscious phantasies that the group saw in the analyst as she was working with her patient.
  2. Describe the organization of these phantasies in the analyst’s inner world.
  3. Demonstrate how the inferred phantasies inform the analyst’s interpretations.
  4. Articulate areas of the session presented that demonstrated the influence of the analyst’s unconscious phantasies on the patient.
  5. Explain one in which the analyst’s conscious and unconscious theories coincide.
  6. List two ways in which the analyst’s conscious and unconscious theories differ.
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 6 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Partial participation in this program is contra-indicated.  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 6 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 6 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 of this program is advanced and specific to psychoanalytic thinking.  Attendance is limited to 20 analysts or to students who have completed or are currently in their fourth year of training.  

CFS Members $180
Non-CFS Members $200
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $50
No Refunds
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at or 732-446-4867.
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