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Nov 5

When The Couch Isn’t Enough

November 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


When The Couch Isn’t Enough

Joyce Slochower, Ph.D., ABPP

Saturday, November 5, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST


About The Day

Morning Session

The Absent Witness: Mourning, Virtually

Is it possible for us to mourn the losses of 2020 and 2021 when, in 2022, we are at best semi-post-Covid?  Do we analysts have the requisite psychic and reflective space to help our patients with something that continues to upend the quotidian for all of us?   This presentation explores the impact of existential crises (Covid, political, social, and climate) on our and our patients’ ability to mourn within and outside analytic space.

Afternoon Session

Sequel: Can We Transcend the Transference

Therapeutic sequels—post-termination friendships between therapist and patient—are an open secret.  Although they are hardly uncommon, sequels are rarely named, much less explored.  Using the unfinished story of a good treatment and its yet-to-be-defined ending to illustrate, I query and unpack the complexities of treatment sequels for both patient and therapist.


This program has been approved by the Ontario Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists and psychological associates. This program meets the criteria for 4 continuing education credits.

This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.

About the Speaker

Joyce Slochower, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Joyce is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP (all in New York), Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies in Philadelphia and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco.  Joyce has published over 100 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique.  Second Editions of her books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), were released in 2014 by Routledge. She is co-Editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of “De-idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique From Within” and “Decentering Relational Theory: a Comparative Critique (2018, Routledge).  She is in private practice in New York City where she also runs remote supervision and study groups.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants should be able to:

1) describe the mourning process and what limits it today;

2) define the termination ideal and examine its utility and problematic elements;

3)  elucidate the power dynamics inherent in analysis —when, whether, and how they might shift toward a more mutual and egalitarian connection, and when such power dynamics remain in ways that are problematic and contaminating for both parties.

Schedule of the Day

10:00 a.m.       Introduction

10:05 a.m.        Morning Session: Dr. Slochower

11:00 a.m.        Audience Discussion

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m.         Afternoon Session: Dr. Slochower

2:00 p.m.         Audience Discussion

3:00 p.m.         Closing remarks



Earlybird Registration Deadline is October 21, 2022

TSCP Member: $150 / $160

Regular: $160 / $170

Student: $75/$100