Dr. Stern will present his richly integrative clinical approach organized around the principle of co-creating needed relationships uniquely with each of our patients. He will begin with an overview of the major elements of his model, interspersing theory with illustrative clinical material. He will then present an extended clinical example—a challenging case in which the nature of what was needed only emerged over a long period of time. Stern’s model is deeply rooted in self psychology and intersubjective systems theory; but is equally grounded in neighboring theories, including Winnicottian, Bionian and Relational theories, a non-linear dynamic systems perspective, and especially Louis Sander’s developmental process principles. At the center of Stern’s approach is the idea of “meeting the patient”—a process which, paradoxically, requires the full complexity of multiple psychoanalytic theories and frames of reference (vertices) in order to provide the “simply human” responses our patients need from us.


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Followed by a Round Table Panel and Audience Discussion

Location: NIP Conference Room. 250 West 57th Street, Suite #501

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Steven Stern, Psy.D, is a faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a member of the International Council of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and was Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology until 2015. He has been a frequent contributor to the contemporary psychoanalytic literature, with a particular interest in theoretical integration. His first book, Needed Relationships and Psychoanalytic Healing: A Holistic Relational Perspective on the Therapeutic Process (Routledge) was released in March 2017. Steve practices in Portland, ME with specializations in psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, couples therapy, and clinical supervision.

Amy Schwartz Cooney, Ph.D, Discussant – is on faculty at several institutes including: NIP, IPSS, The Stephen Mitchell Center and The Institute for Relational Studies of Philadelphia. She chairs the NIP Annual Conference, has Chaired the NYU Post-Doc Relational Colloquium Committee, and the Stephen Mitchell Colloquium Committee.She is also on the Executive Committee at The Mitchell Center.  She publishes and presents  on comparative topics in Relational Analysis, which an emphasis on Object Relations integrationsShe is in private practice in NYC.

Heather Ferguson, LCSWDiscussant – is faculty and supervisor at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, the Manhattan Institute, and the Institute for Expressive Analysis. She is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, and presents on a range of topics related to embodiment, eating disorder treatment, and the analyst’s countertransference dreams.  She has a private practice in NYC.

Dr. Adam Kaplan, Presenter –  is on the faculty at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity and is a clinical supervisor for the CUNY psychology doctoral program. He was an attending Clinical Psychologist for 16 years at New York Presbyterian Hosptial, during which time he also had a faculty appointment to Columbia University. Adam writes and presents on a range of topics, all of which involve a critical examination of the traditional assumptions that underlie psychology and psychoanalysis,  His most recent publication is Hidden in Plain Sight: Creating Space for the Elusive “Me” of Depression, which appeared in the journal Psychoanalytic Psychology. Adam is in private practice in New York City.

Peter Kaufmann, PhD, Moderator –  is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst and is faculty and supervisor at IPSS and NIP. He currently is co-director of the overall IPSS program and co-coordinator of the IPSS four -year program. He graduated from psychoanalytic training at IPSS in 1993 and has been focusing on teaching, supervising and mentoring since. Teaching such courses as “Kohut and his Critics”, he has a particular interest in comparative psychoanalysis and in efforts to integrate the clinical approaches and sensibilities represented by different theoretical perspectives.  He also has published several papers including “The Guilt of Tragic Man”, “Working with Men Who Please Too Much”, and “On Transforming the Reparative Quest” that reflect his additional interest in the topics of mourning and pathological accommodation.

Peter Lessem, PhD, Moderator – is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has been treating individuals and couples for over thirty years. He has also been a clinical supervisor and faculty member at Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) as well as other analytic institutes. Peter has taught courses on therapeutic action, self psychology, intersubjectivity and attachment. In addition to his textbook Self Psychology: An Introduction, he has also written and lectured on masochism, the repetition compulsion, and the relationship between attachment and self object experience.