Breaking the Cycles that Trap Us: Affect, Attachment, Integration, Intervention - 5 March 2016 - Philadelphia

PSPP 2016 Annual Spring Program

Breaking the Cycles that Trap Us: Affect, Attachment, Integration, Intervention

Paul Wachtel, Ph.D.

Saturday, March 5th 2016

In this workshop Dr. Wachtel will highlight the ways in which the problems we work with as clinicians are organized as self-perpetuating vicious circles, making it crucial to take into account how other people in the patient’s life are drawn in as “accomplices” in the problematic life pattern. Breaking the vicious circles in which our patients are trapped requires an approach that is at once deep and active, probing and humane, promoting of insight but not getting stuck in the head. Through using a format that encourages active exchange with and participation by the attendees as well as including extensive clinical examples and an illustrative video of a session, this workshop will highlight how a comprehensive relational perspective opens pathways for integrating the strengths of the psychoanalytic point of view with those of other orientations that have become influential across the spectrum of therapeutic practice in recent decades.

Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of psychology in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College and in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He was a cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and is a past president of that organization. Among his most recent books are Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy (2008), Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy (2011) the second edition of Therapeutic Communication: Knowing What to Say When (2011), and Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self: The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society (2014). He is a Fellow of Divisions 12, 29, and 39 of the American Psychological Association.


Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street (corner of 4th and Arch)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Monthly Meeting Room

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