Seminar Series



Lisa Lyons, Ph.D. and Hillary Grill, LCSW, Co-Directors

The Seminar Series consists of brief seminars dedicated to understanding and expanding Relational Psychoanalysis. In the spirit of collaborative inquiry fostered by Stephen Mitchell, each seminar is designed as an interactive forum that aims to inspire creative thinking and to bring theory to life. Seminar topics span the gamut from in-depth explorations of foundational relational concepts to cutting-edge psychoanalytic thinking.

Seminars are designed for mental health professionals and trainees and meet for one to three sessions. Our intention is to offer participants an opportunity to explore a topic of interest in a collegial and informal small group setting.

All seminars are taught by Mitchell Center faculty, many of whom are leaders in the field and have contributed to the development of relational theory from its inception.

Reading Stephen Mitchell

Deborah Waxenberg, PhD
Thursday, November 4, 11, & 18, 2021
7:30-9pm EST

Relational theory and practice have expanded in many creative directions since the 1980's. But sometimes we lose sight of our roots. This seminar is intended to return to the foundational theoretical and clinical precepts that were put forward by Stephen Mitchell and that not only form the foundation of the Relational revolution, but continue to influence the subsequent generations of Relational thinkers.

Over the course of 3 meetings we will consider:

-Mitchell's conceptualization of the Relational umbrella.
-Mitchell's grounding in Interpersonal theory in the ways we actively structure our experience and our suffering.
-Mitchell's perspectives on what the patient needs and what the analyst intends and knows.
-The phases of his response to critiques that the Relational turn tamed and de-sexed psychoanalysis, as he further developed concepts wound around desire, sexuality, and risk.

Mitchell illustrated his theoretical points with vivid clinical material, so we will have much to work with from the readings. Nevertheless, participants are encouraged to bring in clinical experiences, questions, and challenges from your own work.

Deborah Waxenberg, PhD, is on the faculty of The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center and for four years served as Co-Director of the One Year Introductory Program. She is a Co-Chair of the Relational Track and Clinical Consultant at the NYU Postdoctoral Program and has been a guest instructor at the Institute for Expressive Analysis, NYC, and the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia

The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy:
An Introduction

Steven Kuchuck, DSW
Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:00am- 3pm EST

This course will offer a comprehensive overview of Relational thinking and its impact on psychoanalytic technique for both senior clinicians who were not trained Relationally, and those newer to the field. Problems in defining Relational psychoanalysis - including confusion associated with language and terminology - will be discussed, as well as the continuing debate about if and how to consider Relational psychoanalysis a perspective, a theory, or a set of multiple theories.

Tracing its origins from numerous streams - interpersonal and British object relations theories, feminist and queer theory, sociocultural and political studies, the course will define and provide a deeper understanding of postmodernism, particularly with regard to specific Relational concepts such as the clinician's subjectivity, enactments, co-construction, self-disclosure, multiplicity, gender, sexual orientation, Othering, and race, among others. Core theories as well as newer, cutting-edge trends and anticipated future directions within Relational psychoanalysis will be addressed.

All registrants are asked to obtain a copy of The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy by Steven Kuchuck (Confer Books, 2021). This is available on Amazon and Karnac Books and is the required text for the course. Any additional readings will be emailed to participants in advance.

Steven Kuchuck, DSW, Former Editor-in-Chief, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Co-Editor; Routledge Relational Perspectives Book Series, Immediate Past President, IARPP, faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NIP, Mitchell Center and other institutes. Dr. Kuchuck lectures nationally and internationally on the clinical impact of the therapist's subjectivity. His most recent book is The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

On The Use of Elusive Interactive Moments

Darlene Ehrenberg, PhD
Tuesday, January 12, 19, and 26, 2021
7:30- 9pm EST

Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD, ABPP, is author of "The Intimate Edge: Extending The Reach Of Psychoanalytic Interaction." She is in private practice in New York City, and is a Training and Supervising Analyst, and on the teaching Faculty, at the William Alanson White Institute, New York City; Supervising analyst and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, at The New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis; Faculty, Mitchell Center for Psychoanalysis, New York City; Supervising analyst Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California; as well as other institutes. She is also on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, consulting editor, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Editorial Board, Journal of Psychohistory, and is on the affiliate teaching faculty Erickson Institute Fellowship Program, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She lectures widely around the world and is currently working on two new books, one on intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the other focusing on issues of desire and therapeutic inter-action. She also has a special interest in working with couples, and did her doctoral research on issues of intimacy in marital interaction.

Beyond Belief: Engaging Patients' Spiritual and Religious Experience in Relational Psychoanalytic Treatment

Lisa Cataldo, M.Div., PhD
Friday, February 4, 11, & 18, 2022
10:00am-11:30am EST

Lisa Cataldo, M.Div., PhD, is a psychoanalyst, Associate Professor of Pastoral Mental Health Counseling at Fordham University, and faculty member and supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. She is the author of many articles and chapters on the intersection of relational psychoanalysis and religion. Her article "Where God is between us: Religious experience, surrender, and the third in clinical perspective" won the Stephen A. Mitchell Author's Award.

The Psychotherapy Relationship, Dialogues of the Unconscious and the Uses of the Self in Contemporary Relational Therapies

Anthony Bass, Ph.D.
Tuesday, March 8, 15, & 22, 2022
7:30- 9pm EST

In this workshop we will explore the nature of the psychotherapy relationship, emphasizing unconscious relations between therapist and patient. We will deepen our grasp of unconscious dimensions of therapeutic relating through our engagement with difficult treatment moments.

Along with Dr. Bass, participants in the workshop may present material themselves or work with others' clinical vignettes. They will gain experience using emotional responses to patients to identify and work through enactments, impasses and other challenging countertransference obstacles at the heart of psychotherapy. Implications for how we make use of ourselves, the way we respond to our patients, and how this contributes to our therapeutic intentions and sense of 'technique' will be explored.

We will focus on patients with whom we have felt especially emotionally affected, i.e., those who have evoked intense, disturbing or arousing reactions: patients about whom one dreams at night, or becomes preoccupied by day, or who evoke anxious or counter-resistive responses, such as fighting sleep, or falling asleep or becoming bored; patients who arouse us to anger, disgust, shame, or sexual or other body experiences.

Such experiences, often at the heart of enactments in psychotherapy, provide special opportunities for gaining access to the ways in which the unconscious life of patient and therapist emerge and interact, creating special challenges and special opportunities for deepening and furthering the work.

Please come prepared to share some clinical moments if possible.

Tony Bass, Ph.D., is a founder and president of Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center. He is an adjunct associate professor and clinical consultant at the New York University Postdoctoral Program, as well as a training and supervising analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is a founding editor and editor emeritus of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, the International Journal of Relational Perspectives.

Therapeutic Action from a Relational Perspective

Stefanie Solow Glennon, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 12, 19, & 26 2022
7:30- 9pm EST

"Relational" was originally (and still is, perhaps to a lesser extent) an umbrella term that included clinicians from various theoretical orientations. To quote Emmanuel Ghent, one of the founders of the Relational Track at NYU Postdoc: "There's no such thing as a Relational analyst. There are only analysts whose backgrounds may vary considerably, but who share a broad outlook in which human relations - specific, unique human relations - play a superordinate role in the genesis of character and of psychopathology, as well as in the practice of psychoanalytic therapeutics." It is therefore not possible to present a completely unified view of therapeutic action from a Relational orientation.

The intention of this seminar is to examine the writings of some of the most often cited clinicians in the Relational psychoanalytic world in an attempt to ferret out their various views of therapeutic action, which are frequently not explicitly stated. Differences and commonalities between these theorists will be focused upon. In addition, ways in which core aspects of the Relational perspective differ from classical and contemporary Freudian perspectives on therapeutic action will be underlined. Extrapolation to differing models of mind will be attempted. Some of the theorists who will be discussed are:

Aron, Bass, Benjamin, Bromberg, Davies, Ehrenberg, Hoffman, Levenson, Mitchell, Ogden, Slochower and Donnel Stern.

It is the instructor's hope that this seminar will result in clarification of current views on therapeutic action thereby enabling participants to think more clearly about what they have found to be mutative or confusing in their own work with patients. Another positive outcome would be that exposure to differing modes of engagement, and their rationales, results in participants deciding to incorporate new ways of working with some patients in their practices - at least as a trial. Participation will be strongly encouraged.

Stefanie Solow Glennon, Ph.D., is a graduate of and supervising analyst at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, is on the teaching faculty of the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center and is teaching faculty and supervising analyst at ICP in New York City. Dr. Glennon serves on the Editorial Board of Psychoanalytic Dialogues where she has been a reviewer of articles since the journal's inception. She has written in the areas of immediate experience, obesity, mourning, artistic expression, therapeutic action, solitude, termination and neuroscience and psychoanalysis. Dr. Glennon is in private practice in New York City and works with adult individuals and couples.

Female Erotic Countertransference and the Dissociation of Desire

Janine De Peyer, LCSW
Saturday, June 4 & 11, 2022
11am- 1:30pm EST

Janine de Peyer, LCSW, is Faculty and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center. She is Associate Editor with Psychoanalytic Dialogues, presents internationally, and has published on transference/countertransference, eroticism, and the Uncanny. Janine is in private practice in New York City, integrating EMDR and creative visualization within a relational psychoanalytic framework.

Both sections 1 and 2 are required for successful registration.
Section 1: Registration Form (required for every new registration)
Section 2: Payment Below

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Full attendance is required for CE credit. Certificates will be sent by email within a week of the conclusion of the seminar. Total Available CE Hours for LCSW/LMSW's and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts: 4.5.
Note: We are currently in the process of securing approval to be a CE provider for NYS Licensed Psychologists, however we are not yet approved. For all professions and states other than NYS LCSW's and LPsa's, we are able to provide a certificate of completion.



Seminars will be closed to registration when full or four days prior to the first session, whichever comes first. All payments are final. In special circumstances refunds may be offered if requested at least one week before the seminar start date. We do not accept checks.

*If you would like to attend a seminar but are unable to afford the fee, please contact us to discuss options.

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A complete list of the Mitchell Center Faculty can be found here: Faculty Information