The Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center

Programs, Seminars & Lectures

ILLUSION, IMAGINATION, IRONY, AND THE GROWTH OF THE MIND
March -- June, 2022

  • 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 meetings, 20 CE hours
    March - June, 2022

  • Cost:
    A 25% discount for PSCSW members with financial need is available.


  • Wednesday: The Wednesday seminar will led by Paul Koehler, LCSW, and will meet via zoom from 9:15 – 11:45 on the following Wednesday mornings:
    March 9 & 23
    April 6 & 20
    May 4 & 18
    June 1 &15

  • Fridays: The Friday seminar will be led by Karen Fraley, LCSW, and Paul Koehler, LCSW, and will meet via zoom from 9:15 – 11:45 on the following Friday mornings:
    March 4 & 18
    April 8 & 22
    May 6 & 20
    June 3 & 10

  • Saturdays: The Saturday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW, and Robin Lynk, Ph.D., and will meet in room 209 of Andrews Hall, Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA, 18901, from 9:00 – 11:30 on the following Saturday mornings:
    March 12 & 26
    April 4 & 23
    May 7 & 21
    June 4 & 11


This seminar will be built around the careful reading and study of two books: Illusion, Disillusion and Irony in Psychoanalysis, by John Steiner; and Growth of Mind, by Neville Symington. We will consider both the necessity for and the dangers of illusion in normal emotional and psychological development and the relation of illusion to the functioning of a healthy creative imagination. We will also consider the importance of the processes of disillusionment, especially as manifested in the clinical encounter.

In addition to lecture and discussion of the readings, participants will be invited to share relevant case material.


COURSE SYLLABUS AND OBJECTIVES:

    1) Illusion, Disillusion and Irony in Psychoanalysis, Introduction and chapters 1 & 2
      1. Participants will describe how the presence of illusion in the infant's mind facilitates a willingness to explore the world.
      2. Participants will elaborate the importance of the gradual disillusioning of illusions.
      3. Participants will identify the manifestations of shame when illusions are revealed

    2) Chapters 3, 4, & 5
      1. Participants will identify and describe the place of kindness in softening the painfulness of truth and the harshness of reality.
      2. Participants will identify the giving up of omnipotence as a function of the separation-individuation process.
      3. Participants will describe how the early establishment of a good internal object facilitates the capacity to survive and overcome disillusionments.

    3) Chapter 6
      1. Participants will identify envy as a manifestation of the death instinct, which Steiner conceives of as an anti-life instinct.
      2. Participants will describe and elaborate Steiner's conception of the death instinct as a consequence of failure to relinquish omnipotence.
      3. Participants will describe envy as a repudiation of femininity.

    4) Chapters 7 & 8
      1. Participants will describe and elaborate Steiner's description of the interplay between cognitive understanding and sympathetic intuition in clinical work.
      2. Participants will describe and elaborate Steiner's definition of irony and the recognition that experience is always open to multiple interpretations.
      3. Participants will elaborate and assess how traumas complicate the capacity to face disillusionment.

    5) Chapters 9 & 10
      1. Participants will identify and assess Don Quixote as a literary example the refusal to face disillusionment.
      2. Participants will identify and assess Sancho Panza as a literary model for the observing and receptive stance of the psychotherapist.
      3. Participants will identify and assess the place of irony in the tolerating of disillusionment.

    6) The Growth of Mind, Introduction and chapters 1,2 & 3
      1. Participants will describe and assess Symington's assertion that the core of the personality is a creator.
      2. Participants will describe and assess Symington's idea that omnipotence is a sign of the presence an incompletely formed function of the ego.
      3. Participants will describe and assess Symington's emphasis on contemplation as an essential element in therapeutic reverie.

    7) Chapters 4, 5 & 6
      1. Participants will assess and elaborate Symington's idea that envy is a consequence of shame.
      2. Participants will assess and identify the healing function of therapeutic reverie.
      3. Participants will assess the non-verbal manifestations of communication in the therapeutic encounter.

    8) Chapters 7, 8 & 9
      1. Participants will assess and elaborate Symington's distinction between cognitive knowledge and personal understanding as manifested in clinical work.
      2. Participants will assess and elaborate the dangers of the "lust for coherence" as manifested in clinical work.
      3. Participants will assess and elaborate Symington's description of the interplay between trust and the capacity for judgment.


SEMINAR LEADERS:

    Karen Fraley, LCSW, BCD, is in private practice in Exton, PA, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy for individuals and couples. She holds a certification in Object Relations Therapy from the International Psychotherapy Institute. She is an active faculty member of IPI and a Fellow member of PSCSW.

    Paul Koehler, LCSW, is a Fellow of PSCSW. He is a graduate of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies and of the Washington School of Psychiatry's Object Relations Training Program. He is in private practice in Doylestown, PA.

    Robin Lynk,Ph.D., received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and at Thomas Jefferson University. She is in private practice in Doylestown, PA.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:
For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors, this program is approved for professional workshop sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association, listed in Section 47.36 of the PA State Board of Social Work Examiners.

This program is also approved for professional workshop for marriage and family counselors (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.32).

For New Jersey Social Workers: this program is approved for 20 credits. Programs approved for credit by boards that license social workers in other states are a valid source of continuing education credits.


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

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  • 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.

    International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. Continuing Education Credit for Utah Social Workers is provided through Utah NASW. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

  • 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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