Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 14-16, 2014
ISEPP board member Burton Seitler, Ph.D will be among our 2013 conference presenters.
Dr. Seitler writes:
This presentation will provide several vignettes of successful psychoanalytic psychotherapy of individuals previously thought to be untreatable without utilizing psychoactive medications. The cases described will be drawn from my own work, which owes a great deal to many giants preceding me: Anne Alvarez, Bertram Karon, Ann-Louis Silver, Harold Searles, H.S. Sullivan, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, Sandor Ferenczi, and Karl Lashley. I will discuss the crucial importance of developing a rapport, a relationship, and an alliance with each patient (no matter how difficult that may be). I will emphasize the necessity of attuning and adjusting approaches to the individual differences that each patient brings into the consulting room. I will also comment on the all-too-common charge uttered when the patient is finally able to resolve his/her problems that “the patient’s condition was really not as serious as claimed,” I will describe how this after-the-fact minimization of the very real gains made by patients who, heretofore struggled against personal phantoms, overwhelming feelings. and almost insurmountable emotional obstacles, is a self-serving attempt to preserve the status quo of those in power, by disclaiming and foreclosing on the efficacy of non-medication approaches.
(a) Audience members will be able list 3 ways of developing rapport,
(b) Audience members will be able to define the term “therapeutic alliance.”
(c) Audience members will be able to describe similarities between so-called “psychosis” and so-called “normality.”
Biography: Burton Norman Seitler, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalyst who is interested in challenging clinical cases, such as, ADHD; Autism; Functional Illiteracy; Neurological Impairment and Plasticity of the Brain; and Soma/Psyche. Dr. Seitler has over 50 combined publications and presentations, both local and international, to his name. He is the former Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, in Teaneck, NJ and maintains a private practice in Ridgewood and Oakland, NJ