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Contemporary Freudian Society

ANNUAL ETHICS CONFERENCE "The Ethics of Ending: Thinking About Termination Throughout Treatment"

One Session Program (3 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Jack and Kerry Kelly Novick
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Location: Mary Graydon Center, Room 5 (1st Fl), American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Free parking in School of International Studies garage.
Time: 1:00-4:15pm

Premature termination is very frequent and is a harmful threat to all treatments. It is an ethical responsibility for therapists to be aware of this threat and address it from the beginning, throughout the clinical work, and beyond the end of treatment. In this presentation, the Novicks will highlight the risks of termination at each phase and suggest an ethical technical approach to prevent breaches.

Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick are child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysts on the faculties of numerous psychoanalytic institutes around the country. They are both Training and Supervising Analysts of the International Psychoanalytic Association. They trained with Anna Freud in London, England, and, in addition to their clinical work, have been active in teaching, research, professional organizations, and the community. They joined other colleagues to found the award-winning non-profit Allen Creek Preschool in Ann Arbor and the international Alliance for Psychoanalytic Schools.

Jack and Kerry Novick have written extensively since the 1960’s, with many book chapters and over 100 articles published in major professional journals. Their book “Fearful Symmetry: The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism” appeared in 1996 and was re-issued in paperback in 2007. “Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work,” appeared in March 2005, and “Good Goodbyes: Knowing How to End in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis,” was published in March 2006. All three have been translated into several other languages.

“Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children,” a book originally aimed to parents and teachers, came out in 2010 and is now being used as a developmental textbook in psychoanalytic, social work and residency trainings. Their newest book, “Freedom to Choose: Two Systems of Self-Regulation” was published in December, 2016.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. List three techniques that address termination issues at all stages of treatment.
  2. Describe one important ethical factor that therapists/analysts need to consider when patients talk about ending therapy or analysis.
  3. Articulate two ethical dimensions of teaching about and supervising cases that involve endings.
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 in the area of Cultural Competency. 

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 in the area of Cultural Competency. 

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.

CFS Members $90
Non-CFS Members $120
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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