The Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center

Programs, Seminars & Lectures

Cultivating Emotional Courage: The Work Neville Symington

  • Co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center, an affiliate chapter of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC

  • 8 sessions, 20 CE hours
    March- June, 2017

  • Tuesday - Doylestown: TThe Tuesday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW, and Robin Lynk, Ph.D. It will meet from 9:00 - 11:30 in room 209 of Andrews Hall, Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E.Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901, on the following Tuesday mornings:
    March 7 & 21
    April 4 &18
    May 2, 16 & 30
    June 13

  • Wednesday - Wyndmoor: The Wednesday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW. It will meet from 9:30 - noon at the office of Wyndmoor Psychological associates, 903 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor, PA 19038, on the following Wednesday mornings:
    March 1, 15 & 29
    April 12 & 26
    May 10 & 24
    June 7

  • Friday - Philadelphia: The Friday seminar will be led by Karen Fraley, LCSW, and Paul Koehler, lCSW. It will meet from 9:15 - 11:45 in the Dixon Library of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19118 on the following Friday mornings:
    March 3, 17 & 24
    April 7 & 29
    May 12 & 19
    June 2

  • Saturday - Doylestown: The Saturday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW and Robin Lynk, Ph.D. It will meet from 9:00 - 11:30 in room 209 of Andrews Hall, Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901, on the following Saturday mornings:
    March 4, 18 & 25
    April 8 & 30
    May 13 & 20
    June 3


This seminar will be structured around the reading and the study of Neville Symington's 1996 book, The Making of a Psychotherapist. We will consider the distinction Symington makes between psychoanalysis proper and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy: that the goal of psychoanalysis is self knowledge, while the goal of psychotherapy is emotional healing.

Symington asserts that emotional healing can only follow what he calls an inner emotional act on the part of the patient and that that internal act can be facilitated by a similar internal act on the part of the therapist which entails his finding the courage to face and to speak to the truth of the patent's emotional injuries and difficulties.

We will consider Symington's views on the personal qualities necessary for the making of a psychotherapist, how training programs do and do not facilitate the strengthening of those qualities, and the dangers that emerge when theoretical orientations ossify into ideologies that inhibit rather than strengthen the internal freedom, the imagination, and the creativity necessary or the sound practice of psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy.

In addition to lecture and discussion of the readings, participants will be encouraged to share relevant case material for illustration and elaboration of the themes we will be studying.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

    1) Participants will discuss, describe and elaborate Symington's distinction between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

    2) Participants will discuss, describe and elaborate Symington's views on the personal qualities necessary for a psychotherapist.

    3) Participants will discuss, describe and elaborate Symington's views on the hazards of psychotherapy training.

    4) Participants will discuss, describe and elaborate Symington's notion of the patient's inner emotional act and the therapist's internal act of courage as they emerge in and affect the clinical encounter.

    5) Through the discussion of shared case material, participants will further discuss and elaborate the concepts and themes being studied.



COURSE OUTLINE AND SYLLABUS:

    1) Chapter 1 - The traditions and practice of psychotherapy
    Chapter 2 - The psychotherapist' education
    Chapter 3 - The analyst's inner task

    2) Chapter 4 - Imagination and curiosity of mind
    "The Possibility of Human Freedom and Its Transmission (With Particular Reference to the Thought of Bion)"

    3) Chapter 5 - Mental Pain and Mental Courage
    Chapter 6 - Self-esrteem in analyst and patient
    "The analyst's act of freedom as agent of therapeutic change"

    4) Chapter 7 -Transference
    Chapter 8 - Modes of cure in psychotherapy
    Paula Heimann - "On Countertransference"

    5) Chapter 9 - The seductive psychotherapist
    Chapter 10 - Mimesis in narcissistic patients
    Irma Benman Pick - "Working through in the countertransference"

    6) Chapter 11 - Narcissism
    "The core of narcissism"
    Chapter 12 - An analysis of greed

    7) Chapter 13 - The origins of rage and aggression
    Chapter 14 - The autonomy of the self

    8) Chapter 15 - A question of conscience
    Chapter 16 - Psychotherapy and religion

Continuing Education Credits:
For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors, this program is approved for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the ClinicalSocial Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of the PA Code, Stare Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for workshops for marriage and family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

For New Jersey Social Workers: This program is approved for credit. Programs or courses approved for credit by boards that license social workers in other states are a valid source of continuing eduction credits.

For psychologists: The International Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing eduction for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for this program.



SEMINAR LEADERS:
Kren Fraley, MSS, LCSW, BCD, is in private practice in Exton, PA, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals and couples and clinical supervision to therapists. She holds a certification in Object Relations Therapy from the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC. She is an active faculty member of IPI and a founding member of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center. She is a Fellow member of PSCSW.

Paul Koehler, LCSW, is a Fellow member of PSCSW. He is graduate of the institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies and also of the Washington School of Psychiatry's Object Relations Training Program. He is currently a faculty member of IPI. He is in private practice in Doylestown.

Robin Lynk, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Thomas Jefferson University and at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Dr. Lynk is a faculty member of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center. She is in private practice in Doylestown.

For further information and/or to enroll please contact us:

Paul Koehler: pmkmsw@gmail.com; (215) 345-8730
Karen Fraley: kfraley55@icloud.com; (610) 827-1641
Robin Lynk: robinlynk@verizon.net; (215) 262-7400

The Wizard of Oz Teaches Object Relations Theory

  • Date: TBA
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  • Instructor: Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.

This program is a 2 session seminar using the film of The Wizard of Oz to present the essential elements of an object relations understanding of the psyche. Contents include a detailed discussion of psychic structure, from a Kleinian perspective, as well as the problems of innocence, guilt, Oedipal conflict and trauma. The group will utilize clinical case material to exemplify the application of object relations theory.

Oedipus

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  • Instructor: Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.

This is a 3 seminar program involving the reading of Sophocles' drama: Oedipus Rex. The goal is to understand the relational context that gives rise to the conflicts between the generations and the sexes. We will explore the "back-story" of the myth, and the role of parental aggression and its link to the impulses and fantasies of the child.

The Oedipus complex occupies a central place in psychoanalytic thought and we'll contemplate the complexities of the story, and point to the issues that arise in the clinical encounter. Clinical case material will be utilized from the members to demonstrate therapeutic implications.

Suffering, Sacrifice and Psychotherapy

  • Date: TBA
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  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor:Charles Ashbach, Karen Fraley, and Paul Koehler

A 6-part seminar series that explores linkages between the practice of psychotherapy and the multiple burdens of suffering, sacrifice, and masochism that constitute much of the profession. The connection between the Greek concept "Therapon" meaning servant or slave, and the role of the therapist will be explored in depth.

Clinical concepts of holding and containment; of counter-transference and acting-in will all be explored through in-depth clinical examples.

Seminars

Foundations of Western Literature

  • Date: Begining January 2011
  • Time: Sunday evenings 7-9pm (monthly)
  • Fee: $450
  • Location: Chestnut Hill, PA
  • Instructors: Charles Ashbach, Karen Fraley, and Paul Koehler

This will be an on-going seminar which will meet monthly to discuss and study the great works of Western literature. The seminar will meet on Sunday nights, 10 meetings per year, beginning in September, 2010.

Goals of this seminar include:

  • To gain an understanding of unconscious process and how they relate to the study of these enduring works.
  • To appreciate the elegance and wisdom in these works of literature -- and explore the possibilities, parameters, and paradoxes as they relate to the human condition.
  • We will begin with the Epic of Gilgamesh, and will next move on to the study and reading of the Iliad and the Odyssey. These reading choices will likely be enough to occupy us for the first year of our study.

We anticipate that we will continue the following years to come by reading:

  • The major plays of Sophocles
  • The Aeneid of Virgil
  • Beowulf
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
  • Milton's Paradise Lost
  • The major plays of Shakespeare
  • Goethe's Faust

We will go on to read works by Melville, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, and Camus.

More Information

  • Continuing Education (CE) Credit Information

    All programs are eligible for continuing education credits. Please contact us to find out exact information for each program.

    The International Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. IPI is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for counselors (provider #6017).

    We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Application will be made on a per program basis to provide continuing education for social workers. IPI is a California Board of Behavioral Sciences approved continuing education provider for MFCC and LCSW licensure (approval #PCE 1508).

  • Distance Learning Seminars

    PPSC is able to offer distance learning opportunities through the use of computer assisted telephone conferencing. Currently seminars and programs on Klein, Bion, Transference and Counter-transference are conducted with various groups throughout the country. If you, your group or institution is interested in this form of distance learning please contact us.

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