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Half-Day Conference: Into the Mind of the Psychoanalyst: When the Personal Becomes Professional featuring Steven Kuchuck, DSW

  • November 13, 2021
  • 9:45 AM - 1:40 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom
  • 138


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Please state your Colorado university/institute program at registration


Into the Mind of the Psychoanalyst:
When the Personal Becomes Professional

Session I: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives on Analyst Boredom: Deadness, Aliveness, and the Spaces in Between

This presentation will explore traditional as well as much more contemporary thinking about the meaning of clinician boredom. Dr. Kuchuck argues that boredom can of course indicate dissociated or otherwise inaccessible patient and/or therapist affect. But there may be something about the normative clinical encounter that engenders these states more often than we care to admit. The deadened analyst’s resultant shame, guilt and other complex feelings will be explored via extensive theory and clinical material.

Session II: Sex and Love on the Upper East Side: Entrances and Exits in Middle-Age

Although my patient entered treatment in his later years, he was very much searching for the boy he had not yet been while on his way to becoming a man. It was only recently that he came to accept a truth he had been running from for years. Banished by his parents and society, sexuality had been forced underground for most of his life. His—our—tale is one of loss, painful longing, and ultimately a permanence of a sort that hadn’t been anticipated by either of us.

CME Objectives:

  1. List one cause of clinician boredom.
  2. Describe one example from their own practice of how an aspect of their own subjectivity either impeded or facilitated the therapeutic action.

Presenter Biography: Steven Kuchuck, DSW is Senior Consulting Editor (formerly Editor-in-Chief) of the journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Co-Editor; Routledge Relational Perspectives Book Series, Immediate Past President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP), faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and Board Member, supervisor, faculty, at NIP, and faculty/supervisor at the NIP National Training Program, Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center and other institutes. Dr. Kuchuck lectures nationally and internationally and his teaching and writing focus primarily on the clinical impact of the therapist’s subjectivity. His most recent book, The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, was published by Confer Books in 2021.In 2015 and 2016 he won the Gradiva Award for best psychoanalytic book: Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional and The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (co-edited with Adrienne Harris). His clinical and supervisory practice is in Manhattan.


Registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Registration closes at 10:00 AM (MST) on November 11th.


  • CO Trainees: $40 (Please list your CO training institution at registration)
  • DPS Members: $60
  • Non DPS Members: $75

Conference Schedule (2.5 CME credits):

 Time (MST)  Description
 10:00 - 10:05 AM  Welcome & Introduction
 10:05 - 11:25 AM  Session 1
 11:25 - 11:35 AM  Break
 11:35 AM - 1:00 PM  Session 2 

Optional Breakout Group Schedule (.5 CME credits)

 Time (MST)  Description
 1:00 - 1:10 PM  Attendee break & Zoom set up
 1:10 - 1: 40 PM  Breakout Groups

Breakout Groups: To help conference participants process the topics covered by Dr. Kuchuck, there will be an option to attend breakout groups with a facilitator after his presentation. The breakout group is optional and must be attended in its entirety to receive the .5 additional CME credits.

CME Credit: The conference is 2.5 credits, and the optional breakout group is an additional .5 credits. Attendees of both the conference and breakout group can earn a total of 3 credits. Participants must attend the conference to attend the optional breakout session. 

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the entire session, and complete an online evaluation within 7 days after the program.  An email with a link to the online evaluation will be sent after the program. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event after attendees are cross referenced by registration, payment, attendance, and completion of the evaluation. 

Cancellation and Certificate Replacement: There will be NO refunds after November 10, 2021. Any refunds made before 11/10/21 will be less a $10 administrative fee. If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office must resend a certificate.

Confidentiality: During conferences, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this conference. No recording of case material is allowed.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. (Updated July 2021)

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