Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Evening Speaker Series
Compromised Analyses:
On the Failure to Productively Use
Difficult Countertransference Experience
Irwin Hirsch, PhD
Thursday, April 13, 2023
7:30PM – 9:00PM Central Time

Live via Zoom
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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: Advanced
Psychoanalysts have long questioned the relative value of insight as a mutative factor in psychoanalytic treatment. Currently, most analysts believe that insight has value, but is not sufficient in and of itself to produce structural change in most patients. The increasingly prevalent view is that the analytic relationship has more explanatory power in understanding why patients change. This presentation will explore which elements of the patient-analyst relationship have the most mutative power. Through the use of clinical examples, it will be shown that the analyst's productive use of countertransference experience is key to successful analyses, whereas the failure to use conscious uncomfortable countertransference is a primary factor in compromised analyses.

After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:
  1. Identify instances where emotional discomfort interferes with productively using countertransference experience.
  2. More clearly define what countertransference feelings limit their fullest participation in promoting therapeutic action.
Irwin Hirsch, PhD is a psychologist-psychoanalyst who has a private practice in New York and over 40 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples.He has teaching and/or supervisory appointments at five different psychoanalytic training programs: Adelphi Postgraduate Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; National Training Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies; New York University Postdoctoral Program, which is his alma mater; and William Alanson White Institute. Dr. Hirsch has lectured nationally and internationally. In addition to publishing numerous professional journal articles and book chapters, he has authored or co-edited five books: Coasting in the Countertransference: Conflicts of Self-Interest Between Analyst and Patient (Routledge, 2008), The Interpersonal Tradition: The Origins of Psychoanalytic Subjectivity (Routledge, 2015), The Interpersonal Perspective in Psychoanalysis, 1960s-1990s: Rethinking Transference and Countertransference (co-edited with Donnel Stern, Routledge, 2017), Further Developments in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, 1980s-2010s: Evolving Interest in the Analyst's Subjectivity (co-edited with Donnel Stern, Routledge, 2018), and More Human than Otherwise: Selected Papers (International Psychoanalytic Books, 2019). His first book, Coasting in the Countertransference,won the 2008 Goethe Award.

Hirsch, 2014). Going deep---going wide. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24:317-331.

Hirsch (2018). From familiar and familial repetition to the anxiety of living differently. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 54: 290-298.

Hirsch (2019). More human than otherwise: Selected papers. IP Books.

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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.

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