Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice presented by Lewis Aron, PhD and Galit Atlas, PhD

  • 12 Nov 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Doubletree Hotel, 1617 IH-35 North, Austin, Texas


  • Early career professionals within 3 years of graduation
  • Early career professionals within 3 years of graduation

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Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice

A Clinical Conference Presented by

Lewis Aron, Ph.D. and Galit Atlas, Ph.D.


Saturday, November 12, 2016                   9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. sign-in)

5.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of clinical practice


DoubleTree Hotel (SE corner of IH 35 and MLK)

University Hall (separate building in back), 1617 IH-35 North, Austin, Texas


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.

 Saturday workshop: Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice

 In this clinical workshop, and anticipating their forthcoming book, Aron & Atlas will articulate and explain their contemporary model of therapeutic action and its clinical application. "Dramatic Dialogue" is an expression first used by Sandor Ferenczi when he was struggling and experimenting with moving beyond interpretation as the exclusive psychoanalytic technical intervention.  Aron & Atlas utilize the idiom of dramatic dialogue to compare and contrast a range of contemporary clinical approaches focusing on what they have called "generative enactment," developing the Jungian idea of the prospective function, with the Bionian theme of memories of the future, and relational contributions on enactment. They will discuss detailed cases and clinical process from several well known analysts (Ferenczi, Mitchell, Searles, Ferro, Ogden, among others) and will also present their own fresh clinical material.   


Learning Objectives for Saturday workshop

After attending the program in its entirety, participants will be able to:

 Define what the presenters mean by "dramatic dialogue," and will be able to explain its origins in the contribution of Sandor Ferenczi.

•  Explain the relationship between "dramatic dialogue" and the notion of "enactment."

•  Explain why contemporary psychoanalysis emphasizes "something more than interpretation”


This is an intermediate to advanced-level conference, intended for clinicians and graduate students in mental health disciplines.


Lewis Aron, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  He is a past President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) APA; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of NYSPA.  The co-founder and co-chair of the Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research, an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, and Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel; A co-founder of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and the co-editor of the Relational Perspectives Book Series; author and editor of numerous articles and books. His next book, co-authored with Galit Atlas, is to be called Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice.


Galit Atlas, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City. Atlas is the author of, The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2015). She is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty at the Four Year Adult and National Training Programs at NIP. She serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and is the author of articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Atlas is a contributor to the New York Times, and writes essays elucidating psychoanalysis for the general public. Her next book, co-authored with Lewis Aron, is to be called Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice.


Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration, with coffee and tea

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions

9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Presentation and discussion with audience           

10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Presentation and discussion with audience

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion with audience

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Presentation and discussion with audience

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Program evaluation                                   



1)  Atlas, G. (2016), The Enigma of Desire. London, Routledge.

2)  Aron, L., & Atlas, G. (2015). Generative Enactment: Memories From the Future, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 25:3, 309-324


3)  Aron, L. & Atlas, G.  (2015) Gains and Loss in Translation, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 51:4, 767-775.


4)  Aron, L., & Starr, K. E. (2013). A psychotherapy for the people: Toward a progressive psychoanalysis. NY: Routledge.


5)  Aron, L., & Harris, A. (Eds.) (1993). The legacy of Sandor Ferenczi. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.


Conference Location:

 DoubleTree Hotel (SE corner of IH 35 N. and MLK)

 1617 IH-35 North, Austin, Texas 

 (512) 479-4000

Continuing Education

5.5 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development credits in clinical practice if the conference is attended in its entirety


CEs: This program, when attended in its entirety is available for 5.5 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 100% 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 Michael Donnell at (512) 387-1172 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. The program also provides 6 Professional Development credits for psychologists in Texas.

CME: This activity has 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 this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 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.

 ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Provider # 1138) to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas.

 ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education activities for social workers.

 Conference Coordinator:        Michael Donnell,Psy.D., Co-President of ASPP

Contact Dr. Donnell at michael@michaeldonnell.com or (512) 387-1172 with questions or concerns about the program content. Contact the ASPP Administrator Beth Martinez at asppaustin@gmail.com or (512) 481-2484 with questions about payment.                              


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