"What are Typical Problems and Conflicts that Bring People to Therapy?"

  • Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • 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 not a current member, there is a $10 fee for this event if you want to receive a certificate of continuing education.
  • If you are a current member of the organization, there is no additional fee for this event.

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"What are Typical Problems and Conflicts that Bring People to Therapy?"

Volney Gay, Ph.D. & Sheila Peters, Ph.D.

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


Sheila Peters, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with diverse populations including children, youth, and families. At Fisk University, she has served as Associate Provost, Chair of Psychology, and Faculty Assembly Chair. Recent publications include articles in Smith, J.C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture.

Volney Gay, PhD, is a member of the American  Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, Supervising and Training Analyst, St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University.

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

    • Describe the frequency and type of US student reports of distress and dysfunction.
    • Compare frequency of student reports of “well-being” in 1966 to similar reports in 2017.
    • Discuss the increase in student mental distress: are we in a crisis?
    • Identify the prevalence of Major Depressive Disorder (DSM 5) in the US population during a 12-month period and lifetime.
  • References: for copies of each, please email V.P.Gay@vanderbilt.edu
    • Francis, P. C., & Horn, A. S. (2017). Mental health issues and counseling services in US higher education: An overview of recent research and recommended practices. Higher EducationPolicy,30(2), 263-277.
    • Xiao, H., et al. (2017). Are we in crisis? National mental health and treatment trends in college counseling centers. Psychological services, 14(4), 407.
    • Locke, B et al. (2016). Emerging Issues and Models in College Mental Health Services. Source: New Directions for Student Services, Winter 2016, Vol. 2016 Issue 156, p19-30, 12p. Chart; found on p. 20.
    • Hasin, D. S., et al.(2018).Epidemiology of adult DSM-5 major depressive disorder and its specifiers in the United States. JAMA psychiatry, 75(4), 336-346.
A flyer for this event can be downloaded (click here).


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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