"How can we develop our individuality and competence as therapists? "

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Luton Conference Room, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, 1601 23rd Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212


  • If you are not interested in receiving Continuing Education Credit, you may attend this meeting without charge.
  • If you are a current member of the organization, there is no additional fee for this event.

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"How can we develop our individuality and competence as therapists?"

Paul Morris, LCSW and Harrison Taylor, LCSW

This presentation will be the fifth of seven presentations in the series "Fundamental Questions in Doing Psychotherapy: Seven Questions, Seven Meetings.". For more information about the series see this link.

As therapists we each start from a specific discipline and begin to think of ourselves in the context of our education and training experiences. From that time, knowledge or theory base becomes important as a kind of container and a starting place for one’s growth. Over the course of our careers a dialectic between theory and clinical experiences allows for growth and maturation. Therapists first utilize their original knowledge base and gradually through practice and continued education, other points of view can become integrated. Through repeated practice one becomes clearer of one’s own abilities and solid in one’s own identity.

Presentations will be followed by a discussion. Participants will be able to think about the subject together and to collectively address the important question of how we can continue to develop and grow as therapists.


Paul Morris, M.A., M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W. is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville focusing on individual psychotherapy. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Graduate Department of Religion (M.A.) and from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work (M.S.S.W.) and has worked in the field of mental health for 30 years. He trained in clinical social work, group psychotherapy and psychodrama, and later graduated from the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute’s adult psychoanalytic training program, where he has worked on the curriculum committee. He is past co-director of the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program (APP), and currently serves on the faculty.

Harrison H. Taylor, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville, TN focusing on individuals, couples and families. He is a clinical member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Harrison graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Work. He received further post graduate accreditation in marriage and family therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Harrison completed a 2 year program in The Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. He furthered his spiritual studies by becoming a Spiritual Director through the Shalem Institute in Washington, D.C.

Learning objectives. At the end of this talk, participants will be able to:

  • Identify origins and nodal points in the development of competency and individuality among psychotherapists developing an individual approach to doing psychotherapy

  • Trace a dialectic within the development of one’s own growth as a psychotherapist

  • Define identifications, internalizations and de-idealizing processes as part of developing an individual approach to doing psychotherapy.

References: for copies, please email V.P.Gay@vanderbilt.edu


6:30 – 7:00 Networking & socializing
7:00 – 8:30 Presentation and discussion

Parking is available in the garage on Children's Way.

Enter VPH through the northeast side of building facing the South Garage near Children’s Hospital

(see map below)

Continuing Education:

If you wish Continuing Education credits:  1.5 hrs CE offered (cost $10.00 for non-members).  If you want to sign up for CEs in advance, you may register online at nashville-psychoanalytic.org or you can register at the event.

The Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits for psychologists. The Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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