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Scientific Meeting – Illness in the Analyst 30 Years On

Illness in the Analyst 30 Years On

Presenter: Harvey Schwartz, MD

Discussant: No Discussant

Sunday, October 14, 2018: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Open to all.

The analyst’s illness brings to the fore the fundamentals of the treatment relationship. Circumstance forces into the analytic dialogue the ever-present tensions between reality/fantasy, past/present, love/destructiveness.

The author describes his developing thinking over 30 years from his first encounter with acute illness. The pivot upon which his considerations have evolved concern what details one reveals to the analysand. This touches upon the essential nature of transference and of the analytic meaning of our mortality.

This reevaluation of his earlier thinking on the subject includes reflections on the role of our psychoanalytic communities in providing a ‘hold’ at such times both for analyst and analysand.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session participants will be able:

  1. To gain a greater appreciation of the impact of the analyst’s illness on the analytic dyad.
  2. To appreciate the various approaches to revealing the details of one’s illness to one’s analysand.
  3. To consider the difficulties, perhaps insurmountable, of working through one’s terminal illness with one’s patient.
  4. To appreciate the impact of clinical and life experience on one’s development as a psychoanalyst.
Harvey J. Schwartz MD

Harvey J. Schwartz MD – Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Thomas Jefferson College Training and Supervising Analyst: Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. The Institute for Psychoanalytic Education(IPE), Affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. A distinguished scholar and author of numerous papers and books. Of special interest to us are his works on illness in the analyst and the life cycle of the analyst.

Dr. Harvey Schwartz is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis and at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE), Affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine. He is the immediate past chair of the Certification Examination Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Psychoanalysis. He is the chair of the IPA committee IPA and Health and is the Co-Editor of Illness in the Analyst: Implications for the Treatment Relationship.

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