Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Evening Speaker Series
Can I Get a Witness? On Being Seen and Heard in a Relational Psychoanalytic Treatment
 During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by Cynthia Chalker, MSS, LCSW
Thursday, September 9, 2021
7:30PM – 9:00PM CST

Live Zoom Presentation
*Pre-registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

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

Instructional Level: Intermediate

The cries have been loud and silent. Destruction and Stillness. Most of us had not seen our patients in person for close to a year. The tables were seemingly turned. The ways of being connected to our patients and ourselves had shifted. Who do we “see” in our electronic devices? What do our patients “see” when they encounter us in sessions? What could we not “see” in each other when we sat in the same room? What is the role of Relational Psychoanalysis in helping us “see” a way forward? This paper will consider the uses of Relational Analysis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Describe the socio-political uprisings in the United States during the lockdown around the country and the compounded collective trauma.
  2. Explain how a combination psychodynamic modalities and Relational Psychoanalytic theory can assist in the formulation of new ways of connectedness between therapist and patient. 
Cynthia Chalker, MSS, LCSW is a on faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; Faculty and supervising analyst at Harlem Family Institute, (NY). She is a committee member, instructor and mentor in the Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Teachers Academy of the APA; a visiting instructor at William Alanson White Institute and National Institute for the Psychotherapies. She is on the Board of Directors at Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis, from which she is a graduate. She has a private practice in New York, NY.

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