The Patient’s Experience of the Therapist’s Subjectivity:
An introduction to the work of Lew Aron

A Salon facilitated by Michael Donnell, Psy.D.

1206 Nueces St., Austin 78701

Friday, October 7th, Friday, October 14th and Friday, October 21st  from 3:00 – 4:30pm.

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Our salons are friendly gatherings at the homes and offices of members of ASPP that intend to promote psychoanalytically and psychodynamically oriented knowledge at both beginning and advanced levels. The fees are aimed to support these and other ASPP programs. Our theme this year is “Conflicts, Enactments and Resolution.”

This salon will introduce the work of Lew Aron by engaging in a close reading of his first major contribution to the relational psychoanalytic literature.  This seminal article explores not only the ways in which the subjectivity of the therapist is unavoidably revealed in the therapeutic relationship, but also argues for the importance of exploring the patient’s experience of the analyst subjectivity.  In order to gain as much from this article as possible, the salon members will be asked to read the article prior to the first session.  Then, the article will be read aloud, over the course of three meetings, allowing any member to stop when they have a thought, comment or question.  This format allows the group members to immerse themselves in the associations and reverie that the material induces.

After attending this course, attendees will be able to:

 1) Define what it means to work from within “two-person psychology” framework.

(2) Identify the relational approach to the patient-therapist relationship

(3 - 4) Identify the clinical reasoning behind exploring the patient’s experience of the analyst’s subjectivity, and how to apply it in the clinical situation.

CME/CE/CEU/PD credits: 4.5 (Participants must attend all 3 sessions for credit)

Facilitator: Michael Donnell, PsyD is a psychologist in private practice in downtown Austin and an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. He works with adolescents, adults, and couples from a relational psychoanalytic perspective. Prior to his move to Austin, Dr. Donnell taught and supervised at various graduate schools and training programs, was a staff member at the Mills College Counseling Center, and was an executive board member of NCSPP. He is an active member of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39). His most recent publication, which explored the intersection of age and desire in gay men, was published in the June 2013 issue of Studies in Gender and Sexuality

CME: These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates these live activities for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose. 

CEs: These programs, when attended as required in each specific salon, are available for continuing education credits. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants must attend at least 80% of the program in order to receive a Certificate of Attendance. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Lisa Madsen at . There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity and utility of the content and associated materials, the basis of such statements about validity/utility, and the limitations of and risks (severe and most common) associated with the content, if any. ASPP also provides Professional Development credits for psychologists in Texas.

ASPP is approved by (1) the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Provider # 1138) to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas and (2) the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers.


Registration for Salon 2016-2017

To register, (1) contact facilitator and (2) complete the following form and bring your payment to the first class or mail this form and payment to ASPP, P.O. Box 162082, Austin, TX  78716 

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                                                                    * Early career professionals within 3 years of graduation


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