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Empathy, Connectedness, and the Development of Self, Facilitated by Linda Chase, LCSW, CGP

posted Sep 3, 2020, 7:31 AM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Study Group
Empathy, Connectedness, and the Development of Self
Facilitated by Linda Chase, LCSW, CGP
4 Tuesdays
September 15th - October 6th, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST

Zoom Presentation
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
Active Members: $160
Friend Members: $180
Student Members: $80
Non-members: $200


Self psychology represents a dramatic shift from classical psychoanalytic theories and techniques, and the Freudian view of human nature on which they were based. Kohut’s contrasting world view is premised on beliefs in protecting the client, learning from the client, and building on health rather than curing pathology. It is inherent in Kohut’s empathic listening perspective that connectedness is the unarticulated process upon which self-structure develops. This intermediate to advanced-level study group is intended for psychotherapists who have a basic knowledge about self psychology theory and interventions, but want to learn more. We will consider how concepts such as the unconscious and treatment alliance are viewed in self psychology. We will explore clinical interchanges that illustrate the value of permeable boundaries in connectedness between client and therapist, along with the process in analyzing the forward edge of the transference, which obviates the need to address the trailing edge. The group will utilize readings by Richard Geist, EdD, along with lecture and discussion. The group is open to those who plan to attend the HPS conference presented by Geist, as well as those who do not plan to do so. Registration is limited to a small enough group of participants to allow time for them to share and explore their own case material. Readings will be emailed to participants.

  1. Compare a Kohutian view of human nature to a Freudian view.
  2. Describe 3 ways in which self psychology practices differ from those in classical psychoanalysis.
  3. Explain why empathy is considered the instrument of change in self psychology.
  4. Define selfobject transference.
  5. Give an example of selfobject transference.
  6. Explain what is meant by a transmuting internalization.
  7. Define connectedness.
  8. Describe the value of permeable boundaries in client-therapist connectedness.
  9. Distinguish the forward edge of transference from the trailing edge.
  10. Describe 2 mechanisms in analyzing the forward edge of transference.
September 15, 2020
Geist, R. (2008). Connectedness, Permeable Boundaries, and the Development of the Self: Therapeutic Implications. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 3: 129-152. DOI: 10.1080/15551020801922971 

September 22, 2020
Geist, R. (2011). The Forward Edge, Connectedness, and the Therapeutic Process. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 6: 235-251. DOI: 10.1080/15551024.2011.552178

September 29, 2020
Geist, R. (2015). Conversations with Paul. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 10: 91-106.
DOI: 10.1080/15551024.2015.1005795

October 6, 2020
Geist, R. (in press). From theory centered to patient centered treatment: How Kohut’s attitudes impact contemporary therapeutic work. Psychoanalytic Inquiry.
A Few Words from Linda Chase, LCSW, CGP: I have been utilizing a Self Psychology perspective in my private practice in Houston for over 20 years working with individuals, couples and groups. My gravitation toward Self Psychology began when I was a Fellow in the Studies in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at CFPS from 1998 to 2000. I very much resonated with the concepts of empathy (vicarious introspection), experience-near connectedness between therapist and client, disruption-repair process and reactivation of self development; both professionally and in my own personal therapeutic journey. I experienced the therapeutic and developmental growth fostered in a Self Psychology Group when I participated in a 2-day Self Psychology training group at an annual conference sponsored by the American Group Psychotherapy Association. This growth-oriented Group experience prompted me to further utilize a Self Psychological perspective in my private practice groups and to facilitate Self Psychology training groups at the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society’s annual Institutes. Most recently, I joined the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP). Attending the International conferences in Vienna and Vancouver, deepened and broadened my understanding of the multi-cultural applications of Self Psychology. I look forward to sharing my Self Psychology journey with those who are curious and/or interested in this Study Group.
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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 Houston 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 6 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.