Upcoming events

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

    "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.


Past events

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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