Houston Psychoanalytic Society

Evening Speaker Series

The Therapeutic Action of
Psychoanalytic Therapy and Psychoanalysis

Glen Gabbard, MD

Thursday, October 6, 2022
7:30PM – 9:00PM Central Time

Live via Zoom
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
HPS Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

CE/CME/CEU (1.5 hrs.) Fees
HPS Active/Student Members: Free
HPS Friend Members: $20
Non-Members: $20

Instructional Level: Intermediate
The therapeutic action of psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis has undergone significant changes in the last three decades. For many years, beginning with Freud and his colleagues, the essential therapeutic action was to make conscious what has been unconscious. The major approach was to focus on unconscious conflict and help the patient accept what had been repressed. In more recent years the therapeutic action is regarded as having multiple aspects. Today we think of multiple models, and analytic therapists and analysts recognize that there is more than one way of structuring what happens between therapist and patient. Different patients require different modes of engagement. In this presentation, I will provide an overview of how contemporary therapists and analysts work with the shifting views that have become prominent in our field.

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast Freud's model of therapeutic action with contemporary psychoanalytic views.
  2. Demonstrate the differences in therapeutic action based on the patient's needs and the therapist's observations.

Glen O. Gabbard, MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Training and Supervising Analyst at The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. He is the author or editor of 29 books and 365 scientific papers. He has won many awards for his contributions to psychiatry and psychoanalysis. In 2000 he won the prestigious Sigourney Award for his contributions to psychoanalysis. In 2021 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of Sapienza University in Rome. He was formerly the Director of the Menninger Clinic ---when it was in Topeka. He also served in the role of Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis from 2001-2007. For his teaching at Baylor College of Medicine, he received the Teaching Award on 7 different occasions. His books include Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, now in its fifth edition, Love and Hate in the Analytic Setting, The Psychology of the Sopranos, and Textbook of Psychoanalysis.


Gabbard, G. O. (2017). Long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: A basic text. American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Gabbard G. O. & Westen, D. (2003). Rethinking therapeutic action. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 84: 823-841.

Greenberg, J. (1981). Prescription or description: The therapeutic action of psychoanalysis. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 17: 239-257.

Jaffe, L. (2021). Freud and therapeutic action reconsidered: Current applications. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 69: 572-593.

Seligman, S. (2016.) Regression,dissociation, self-states, and the developmental dimension in therapeutic action. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26: 273-279.

Freud illustration from CanStock

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, as a co-sponsor of Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

Houston Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Houston Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

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