SPSI Scientific Session: Planting Seeds for Future Sprouting
Event Start Date: 5/21/2019 7:30 PM
Event End Date: 5/21/2019 9:00 PM

Presenter: Diane Wolman MSW
“Planting Seeds for Future Sprouting: Working with a Young Adult whose Treatment was Repeatedly Interrupted Due to Developmental Pressures of Adolescence.”

This is the case of a young woman with significant primitive pathology who began psychotherapy at age eleven, which led to psychoanalysis when she was fifteen.  Adolescent conflicts over self-agency, on top of separation-individuation issues unresolved earlier in life and exacerbated by intrusive parents made it difficult for her to stick with her treatment.  Despite a strong attachment to the analyst, the patient interrupted treatment to attend high school, and then returned to treatment, only to leave again to attend college.  During these absences, the analyst maintained contact with the patient, who subsequently returned to treatment as an adult and is now able to build on her intrapsychic maturation. With trust, and with the holding function of the analyst, the seeds that were previously planted are now bearing fruit.

Diane Wolman, MSW, LICSW, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Seattle. She is on the faculty at SPSI.

Discussant: Ronald Furedy MD
“Some psychoanalytic concepts to help us understand the beneficial changes occurring in the mind of individuals in  psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis”.

Ronald Furedy MD is a Training Analyst at SPSI, in private practice.

Learning Objectives. After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. recognize when an analysis with an adolescent is stalled due to overwhelming developmental pressures. 
  2. determine how to allow patients to interrupt treatment while maintaining a connection to the analyst without stigma, shame or humiliation of “failure” on the part of the patient or analyst.
  3. explore psychoanalytic concepts that further our understanding of the effectiveness of long term psychodynamic treatments that result in profound changes in the emotional responses, the behavior and the mind of the patient.
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