Past Events

Monday, February 12, 2018

Understanding and Working with Rigidity by Anne Taylor, LCSW
We will be thinking about about 3 types of rigidity in individuals: 1. Obsessive compulsive character style including aspects of functioning and modes of activity; 2. Defensive aspects of entitlement and how they are expressed; and 3. Four modes of functioning in self mutilation. Case examples will be included and invited from participants. Learning objectives: 1. Participants will be able to name 3 aspects of an obsessive personality style; 2. Participants will be able to summarize how entitlement serves defensive functions; 3. Participants will understand how self-mutilation/masochism is an expression of rigid character.
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
CTS Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor, 1050 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Integrating Psychodynamic Principles into the Conceptualization and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction by Maria Hanzlik, Psy.D., HSPP, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
Since the time of Masters and Johnson in the 1970s, who conducted extensive sex research and subsequent treatment, sex therapy conceptualization and intervention has often been approached from a cognitive-behavioral lens. Similarly, sexual concerns conceptualized from a psychoanalytic framework may inadvertently and unnecessarily assign more pathology to a sexual condition than is warranted. This talk will explore the integration of psychodynamic principles into an overall conceptualization and treatment of sexual concerns using didactic lecture, case examples, and group discussion. Learning objectives: 1. Name 5 important areas to explore in the assessment of sexual dysfunction; 2. Name two psychoeducational models of healthy sexual functioning; 3. Identify three psychodynamically-oriented interventions to treat sexual dysfunction; and 4. Apply assessment and therapy strategies to case examples using group discussion.
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
CTS Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor, 1050 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Yearning for the Vastness of the Sea: The Relational Matrix and the Analytic Process by Elgan Baker, Ph.D., HSPP

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
CTS Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor, 1050 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Psychodynamics of EMDR: A Neurobiologic Understanding of Mind and Memory by Andrea Barbour, M.A., LMFT
This presentation explores the ways in which EMDR can be understood psychodynamically and integrated into analytic theory. This integration allows clinicians to make use of EMDR’s neurobiologic understanding of how mind and memory work. Learning Objectives: 1. Name three areas of the brain responsible for processing/encoding memory; 2. Discuss two ways in which EMDR can be integrated with psychodynamic theory; and 3. Apply one neurobiologic concept to aid you in understanding how your patient processes trauma.
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
CTS Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor, 1050 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Monday, September 11, 2017

From Symptom to Meaning in the Out-Patient Treatment of Psychosis: An Ethic of Speech in Psychoanalysis with the Psychotic Subject by David Downing, Psy.D., ABPP
Psychoanalysis with psychotic patients is well-suited to elucidate and address the unique vicissitudes of the psychotic process, afforded by the free associations of the patient, as well as the psychoanalyst’s distinctive receptivity and potential for various acts of freedom, uniquely afforded by the not-to-be repeated moment-to-moment unfolding of unconscious processes worded within the bi-personal field of the psychotherapeutic pair.  Each participant therefore avoids the traps of other contemporary treatments of being conjoined in a conspiratorial process of suppression and de-linking that collapses enquiry into rote prescriptions and proscriptions for correct thought and bio-behavioural management and control.  Such pressures inevitably lead to further enactments:  to provide any number of palliatives, such as medication, active suggestion, correctives, educative exhortations, et cetera, as demanded by manualised, so-called evidence-based approaches.  Such instrumentalities leave no space for the importance of ‘mind’, or the dynamic unconscious. They negate the wording of self-experience in the patient’s own idiom to the psychoanalyst who embodies an ethic of desire for self-discovery and knowledge. The author of this chapter, like other  practitioners in this text, is confronting head-on the specious arguments in favour of paradigms which have privileged the “damaged brain” (complete with “irrational thoughts” that must be debunked and removed) above all other explanatory paradigms and with this, a “physico-chemical-genetic machine” over an experiencing subject – one who submits him- or herself passively for cognitive and behavioural adjustment – better adaptation and fit to society’s norms.  Through clinical vignettes, the author articulates his efforts to approach the construction of meaning within the neo-reality that resides in the wake of psychotic collapse, and his efforts to maintain an ethic for the elucidation of a savoir of the patient.  The establishment of a space wherein the Question is privileged, and may be asked, reaching like an arc over the hole left by the subject’s act of foreclosure, is a central element of this psychoanalytical journey, opening the possibility of finding meaning as material is brought into the field of speech. Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to articulate basic elements of Freudian-Lacanian theories in relation to the psychoanalytical treatment of psychosis; 2. Participants treating psychotic subjects will be able to incorporate aspects of psychoanalytical praxis into their own clinical work; and 3. Participants will be able to delineate aspects of the out-patient milieu they may need to construct in order to sustain out-patient clinical work with psychotic individuals.


07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
CTS Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor, 1050 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Practice of Female Circumcision: Cultural Implications for Psychoanalytic Thought by Nour Abdelghani, M.A.

Cultural influences behind the practice of female circumcision in various regions of the world were discussed by the presenter. The presenter provided a historical context that gave rise to the practice and explore how and why the practice continues to the present day. Using psychoanalytic theory, the speaker engaged the audience in a discussion of the dynamics that contribute to propagating the practice both across and within genders. Finally, the presenter discussed some of the psychological effects on women who have been circumcised including post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, attachment and sexual disorders and implications for the treatment of these disorders. Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will gain an understanding of the history and cultural implications that give rise to the practice of female circumcision in the communities that continue to promote it; 2. Participants will gain an understanding of the psychological impact of female circumcision including symptoms of post-traumatic stress, attachment disorders, depression, anxiety and sexual disorders; and 3. Participants will engage in a discussion of the intersection between psychoanalytic theory on female circumcision and the cross-cultural lens. 


07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Christian Theological Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor

Monday, April 10, 2017

Paradox, Parallel, Love & Rejection by Sally Kennedy, M.A., LMHC, LMFT

This presentation covered a psychoanalytic conceptualization of couple's psychotherapy. Learning Objectives: 1. Explain how paradox can be used to help couples understand their cycle; 2. Explain how understanding the concept of a parallel  between couples might enhance the couple's ability to identify with their partner; 3. Explain how love and rejection interplay in forming negative and sometimes durable bonds.


07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Christian Theological Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor

Saturday, March 25, 2017

ISPT Master Clinician Spring Workshop 2017 by Tamara McClintock Greenberg, M.S., Psy.D.
This course aimed to provide participants with theoretical knowledge as well as practical approaches that can help when treating older and medically ill adults. After a brief introduction of the empirical support for psychodynamic therapy with older and medically ill adults, we focused on key concepts that impact our patients. These topics included the manic culture of medicine and how this impacts relationships with physicians and other clinicians; how individual manic defenses can thwart successful adaptation to aging and/or illness; the trauma of medical illness; the impact of past trauma and how this impacts coping with aging or illness; how narcissistic and other defenses (e.g., dissociation) can create a paucity of an internal life and relationship with one’s mind and how we can help patients develop the needed emotional language to bridge mind and body. Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will learn techniques for engaging those who may have stress sensitive bodies, including techniques for helping these patients learn how their bodies communicate stress, anxiety, fear and aggression; 2. Participants will learn some of the common countertransference issues involved in treating elder adults; 3. Participants will learn about contemporary psychoanalytic techniques for thinking about transference with patients who have limited access to their minds; 4. Participants will have increased knowledge of psychoanalytic approaches that specifically acknowledge and address social contextual issues; 5. Participants will be able to describe at least three technical challenges for those who are aging and/or ill and whom have difficulty thinking in the presence of a therapist; 6. Participants will be able to describe at least three techniques for working with those who have manic defenses; and 7. Participants will be able to describe at least three ways that past trauma can impact coping with aging or illness.
08:30 am - 04:00 pm
University of Indianapolis
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Internal Family Systems Therapy by David J. Burkhard, M.A., LMFT, LCSW, LMHC
This presentation offered participants an introduction to the Internal Family Systems “Model” of intrapsychic therapy developed by Richard C. Schwartz. Included in the presentation were experiential exercises in which participants were able to apply the model to personal experience. Clinical vignettes were used to highlight key components of IFS therapy. Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to depict the IFS model with a simple diagram; 2. Participants will be able to describe Self using Schwartz’s 8 “C” words; and 3. Participants will be able to define Parts and describe Protector Parts and Exile Parts.
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Christian Theological Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor

Monday, January 9, 2017

Al-Anon and Psychoanalytic Treatment: Helping Those Affected by a Loved One's Addiction by Liz Kennedy
Twelve-step self-help groups have a mixed reputation— by some they are seen as effective in supporting change, by others they are seen as cult-like, controlling, and hokey. This presentation defends the value of Al-Anon family groups and “co-dependency” literature as a valuable supplement to the psychoanalytic treatment of those who love addicts— the children, wives, husbands, and friends of alcoholics and drug addicts. It also explains several ways that Al-Anon and “co-dependency” self-help culture can be understood psychoanalytically and how Al-Anon literature contains valuable insights into the subjective experience of the family members of addicts. Learning Objectives: 1. Define co-dependency; 2. Name at least one common pattern of relating in co-dependent relationships; and 3. Identify one way co-dependent patterns may manifest in the countertransference.
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Christian Theological Counseling Center, 3rd Floor Parlor