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Annual Conference 2017

40th IAPSP Annual International Conference

Empathic Depths and Relational Leaps: Creating Therapeutic Possibility

Thursday, October 19 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Palmer House Hotel
Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Call for Papers for the 40th Annual International Conference on The Psychology of the Self is now closed.

The 40th Annual IAPSP International Conference: "Empathic Depths and Relational Leaps: Creating Therapeutic Possibility" will be held in Chicago, IL, USA from Thursday, October 19 - Sunday, October 22, 2017.

For forty years, the annual conference of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP) has provided intellectually stimulating, inspiring and clinically useful workshops, presentations and discussion groups for clinicians of all levels of experience. This year's conference, Empathic Depths and Relational Leaps: Creating Therapeutic Possibility, continues that tradition by exploring how deep empathic connections and new ways of relating can mutually influence each other, resolve therapeutic impasses, and facilitate growth and change.

Our Thursday PreConference features fourteen workshops in contemporary self psychology, including an Introduction to Self Psychology. For those needing continuing education credits specifically in ethics and supervision, the program includes offerings on these topics. After a Welcome Reception for newcomers to the conference, followed by one for all attendees, our Main Conference opens Thursday evening with a compelling clinical presentation of a treatment involving both deep empathic connection and a surprising, memorable and affectively charged relational leap. A moderated discussion with the audience follows.

The following morning, Plenary One uses this moving case* and other clinical material, as springboards to challenge both presenters and audience to think creatively about what constitutes therapeutic action. How do we understand the effectiveness of extreme relational departures from the conventional analytic frame and what are their implicit theoretical organizing principles? Plenary Two addresses the use of the implicit domain to deepen an empathic process as well as implicit relational moves when words do not suffice.

Plenary Three explores the double-edged sword of the therapist's subjectivity. Compelling clinical examples highlight the paradox that the only lens through which we can see and engage therapeutically with patients can be the very lens which interferes with engagement. Our concluding Plenary considers the meaning of "analytic love" and asks whether love, with all its complexities, is essential within the therapeutic dyad.

Small discussion groups led by seasoned clinicians follow each plenary, offering the opportunity to discuss thoughts, ideas and questions in an intimate and supportive setting. Sunday morning's plenary will be followed by a moderated discussion among the plenary speakers and audience.

Twenty-one papers will be presented during three Original Paper sessions, with each paper followed by a formal discussion as well as a moderated discussion with the audience. In addition, workshops, meet-the author sessions and meetings of IAPSP's special interest groups are scheduled throughout the conference and open to all.

The Kohut Memorial Lecture will be given by Richard Geist on Saturday. Finally, the Saturday evening entertainment will be provided by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame! We invite you to join us for what promises to be a clinically relevant, enriching educational experience and to feel at home in our vibrant, supportive international community.

2017 Conference Co-Chairs: Scott Davis, MD and Carla Leone, PhD

2017 Conference Co-Chairs:
Scott Davis, MD and Carla Leone, PhD

2017 Pre-Conference Chair:
Jill Gardner, PhD

2017 Paper Co-Chairs:
Denise Davis, LCSW and Elizabeth Feldman, PhD

2017 Conference Program Committee:
Denise Davis, LCSW; Elizabeth Feldman, PhD; Jill Gardner, PhD; Richard Geist, EdD; Karina Goldberg, PhD; Daniel Goldin, MA; Bruce Herzog, MD; Steven Knoblauch, PhD; Janna Sandmeyer, PhD, Maria Slowiaczek, PhD and Steven Stern, PsyD



The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
4-star hotel

USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards named The Palmer House Hilton as one of the most historically significant hotels in America. Narrowed down to just 20 hotels by Historic Hotels of America for the public to vote, Palmer House Hilton secured the number four spot on the list of top 10 winners.

A city within a city, the Palmer House encapsulates the very essence and energy of Chicago. Have your mind read at the Magic Parlour, take the grand tour with Ken Price on the Palmer House Hilton History is Hott Tour, sip on our specialty label bourbon, have high tea at two at the Mez, recharge yourself at The Spa at Palmer House or re-energize at Balance Fitness Center.

Or walk to countless Chicago attractions outside the hotel. The Palmer House Hilton is just steps to all the action along State Street including Macy's, Nordstrom Rack, American Apparel, H&M, Block 37 Mall and the Chicago Theatre District. Walking distance to The Art Institute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Cadillac Theatre, Jeweler's Row, Millennium Park and more!

The Palmer House Hilton is offering the Annual IAPSP Conference 2017 attendees special conference rates of $259.00 single or double, plus applicable state and local taxes. Please be sure to mention the IAPSP Annual Conference 2017 to receive these discounted rates. IAPSP Annual Conference discounted group rates apply until the reservation deadline of September 15, 2017 or until all so-designated rooms are booked, whichever occurs first.

Reservation requests received after this date will not be guaranteed and will be confirmed based on space and rate availability. IAPSP Annual Conference discounted group rates apply until the reservation deadline of September 15, 2017 or until all rooms in the group have been reserved, whichever occurs first. A first night's room deposit or credit card will guarantee your reservation. Check-in time is 3:00pm. BE SURE TO MENTION THE IAPSP ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017 TO QUALIFY FOR THE GROUP RATE!

To make reservations, contact the hotel directly:
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Phone: +1 312.726.7500 or 1.855.271.3617
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Website: http://www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com/



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