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    • Thursday, November 19, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
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    Exploration of Attempts to Avoid Distressing Thoughts and Feelings

    Thursday, 19 November 2020
    7:00pm--8:30pm on Zoom
    $10 for non-members; no additional cost to members
    To become a member, go to nashville-psychoanalytic.org/join-us
    Registration required

    A central theme of psychodynamic psychotherapy is a thorough exploration of patient's attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings. This is the second of the seven "distinctive features" of psychodynamic technique enumerated by Shedler. He wrote,

    People do a great many things, knowingly and unknowingly, to avoid aspects of experience that are troubling. This avoidance (in theoretical terms, defense and resistance) may take coarse forms, such as missing sessions, arriving late, or being evasive. It may take subtle forms that are difficult to recognize in ordinary social discourse, such as subtle shifts of topic when certain ideas arise, focusing on incidental aspects of an experience rather than on what is psychologically meaningful, attending to facts and events to the exclusion of affect, focusing on external circumstances rather than one’s own role in shaping events, and so on. Psychodynamic therapists actively focus on and explore avoidances.

    We invite you to take part in seven meetings, one each month, beginning in September, 2020. The starting point for these meetings is Johnathan Shedler’s seminal article, “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” (2010). (Shedler's 2010 article and other related articles are available for free download from jonathanshedler.com/writings/.) A panel (Robertson, Harris, and Waide) and various special guests will guide each discussion. For the October meeting, our featured speaker will be Marsha Robertson, LCSW. 

    The first meeting provided an overview of Shedler’s 2010 article, some discussion of responses to it, and a brief introduction to the seven distinctive features of psychodynamic technique. The second meeting, in October, explored the focus on affect and expression of emotion in psychodynamic therapy. The following five meetings will expand on the other features Shedler outlines in his article. Registration on this website is required (if you're having difficulties registering, contact John Waide, waide@psychotherapy-and-psychoanalysis.com), along with a $10.00 fee for non-members of the organization. Meetings will begin at 7:00PM and end at 8:30PM. We recommend that you read the Shedler article, which you can download here.


    Marsha Robertson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and certified psychoanalyst in private practice in Nashville. She serves on the faculty of St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute where she is a training and supervising analyst. In 2001, she along with John Waide, PhD started the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program of Nashville, acting as co-director for twelve years.

    G. Channing Harris, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado.  He completed the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program in 2012. 

    John Waide, Ph.D., LCSW is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice. A graduate of the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, in 2001 he co-founded (with Marsha Robertson, LCSW) the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) program of the Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (NC3P) and served as co-director for many years.

    * A Certificate of Continuing Education is offered for those who complete this educational event. They may or may not be recognized by some professional organizations and licensing agencies. After completing registration you will receive instructions on how to receive a certificate of continuing education.

Past events

Thursday, October 15, 2020 Focus on Affect and Expression of Emotion
Thursday, September 17, 2020 The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Thursday, April 16, 2020 Psychotherapy in a Time of COVID-19
Thursday, March 19, 2020 "What kinds of therapist feelings interfere with therapy?"
Thursday, February 20, 2020 "How can we develop our individuality and competence as therapists? "
Thursday, January 16, 2020 "What characterizes the ‘good hour’ and the 'bad hour'? "
Friday, December 06, 2019 2019 Holiday Party
Thursday, November 14, 2019 "What Counts as Progress in Therapy? "
Thursday, October 10, 2019 "How can we define therapy to ourselves and explain it to our patients/clients? "
Thursday, September 12, 2019 "What are Typical Problems and Conflicts that Bring People to Therapy?"
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 "Control Mastery Theory"
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 "Am I a Butterfly or a Man? Functions of the Dreams in the Analysis of an Elderly Patient"
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 "You Are My Everything -- Idealization and its Limits"
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Why Did Dan's Therapy End Up Like This?: A Case of Failed Psychotherapy
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 No April Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Carlton Cornett: Being With Patients
Thursday, February 22, 2018 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Four Perspectives
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 William Kenner, M.D. "Iatrogenic Trauma: When moral outrages blocks listening and empathy, trauma can ensue."
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Nilufer Yalman, Ph.D. "The Re-dawning of the Veil"
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Tom Campbell, M.D.: "Unrecognized Facial Blindness in a Long Term Psychoanalysis"
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Open House for APP: Kavitha Lakshmanan, MSW, LCSW
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Anne Bartek, MD, "Clinical Challenges in the Treatment of People from Atypical Subcultures"
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Ira Helderman, Ph.D., LPC, "On Practices and In Theory"
Saturday, December 10, 2016 Holiday Party
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Ira Phillips, M.D.: "A Case Discussion on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Supervision"
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Jeffrey Binder, "Case Formulation: How is it Really Done?"
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Executive Committee meeting: September
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Volney Gay: "Atrocity Allegations: Attack on the Innocent"
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Laura Kreiselmaier, Ph.D.: "Transliminality & Highly Sensitive Personality: Implications for Psychodynamic Therapy"
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 On the Pleasures of Owning Persons: The Hidden Face of American Slavery
Saturday, February 13, 2016 "Creating a Holding Environment"
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Jeff Binder: Psychotherapy Research for the Psychoanalytic Therapist"
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