Contemporary Self Psychology: Concepts and Treatment of High Level Disorders

Presented by Richard Geist, EdD
Saturday, October 17, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM CDT


Zoom Conference
Details to follow upon registration

Registration Fees
Active Members: $65
Friend Members: $75
Student Members: $30
Non-members: $85

This workshop will use verbatim clinical dialogue to illustrate the differences between more traditional psychoanalytic treatment and self psychological treatment. We will begin with dialogue from a patient seen pre and post my self psychological orientation to illustrate some major self psychological concepts. Then we will proceed to dialogue illustrating how self psychology deals with Oedipal material and interpretive work with high level patients. Throughout this clinically oriented workshop we will emphasize the impact of the therapist on the treatment process. 

  1. Describe what is meant by empathy in self psychology.
  2. Explain the self psychological meaning of interpretation.
  3. List three well known self psychological transferences.
  4. Define what we mean by permeable boundaries.

Richard Geist received his undergraduate degree and his doctorate in Psychology from Harvard University and for 30 years was Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry (Psychology), Harvard Medical School. He is a Founding Member, Faculty, Supervising analyst, and former member of the Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. In addition Dick has been on the Executive Board of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and is currently a council member. Dr. Geist was one of the first psychologists in Boston to embrace Self Psychology theory and practice, and he has been teaching and supervising it for over 35 years. He has written numerous papers on clinical self psychology, including papers on how empathy heals, re-conceptualizing the oedipal complex, boundaries in treatment, eating disorders, the forward edge, and several papers on connectedness between analyst and patient. He has been a senior supervising psychologist at Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dick maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Newton, Massachusetts where he sees children, adolescents, adults, and couples. He also supervises privately, teaches private self psychology seminars and directs a self psychology study group.
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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, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and 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 3 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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.