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March 9, 2016: Applying Psychoanalytic Thinking to Organizations in Crisis

posted Apr 21, 2016, 8:14 PM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 8:15 PM ]

Applying Psychoanalytic Thinking to Organizations in Crisis

William Myerson, Ph.D., M.B.A.

The Lovett Center
900 Lovett Blvd.
, TX 77006 

7:00 pm-7:30 pm Refreshments and Networking
7:30 pm-9:00 pm Presentation by Speaker
9:00 pm-9:30 pm Informal Discussion with Speaker 

Active Members: Free, Friends: $20, Non-members: $30  

Up to 2 Hours of CEP/CEU/CME Credits available.*      

Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation participants should be able to: 

1.    Identify key elements of psychoanalytic thinking that are used in both in the clinical settings and in organizational settings.
2.    Describe the differences between psychoanalytic thinking in a clinical setting and in organizational settings.
3.    Specify the special vulnerabilities that exist in organizations that train clinicians to work psychoanalytically.

Program Description:
Psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians encounter organizations in crisis just like everyone else does.  Curiously, they often feel that they cannot utilize their psychoanalytically-oriented understanding of individual and group process to assess and intervene in these challenging problems.  This presentation will propose that responding to these system-level difficulties requires similar skills as are needed to intervene effectively with individuals or families.  What is very different is the countertransference activated in the clinician as she tries to act in the unfamiliar milieu of the organization, without the holding environment provided by an office and other elements of the frame that reassure the clinician of her safety.  The presentation will explore the ways that clinicians with psychoanalytic training can utilize their skills to help enhance the management of an organization in crisis.  A special case study that focuses on the psychoanalytic training institute will be included, identifying why these organizations regularly encounter trouble. 

Speaker Bio:
William A. Myerson, Ph.D., M.B.A. is a training and supervising analyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CFPS).  He is a past president of the CFPS and the HPS as well as current Treasurer of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  He is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry. He was a manager in The Methodist Hospital System for 10 years.  Dr. Myerson has lectured and written on the use of psychoanalytic thinking in resolving organizational crisis.  He is in private practice specializing in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.   

*SOCIAL WORKERS . The Houston Psychoanalytic Society is approved to offer continuing education units to social workers by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, sponsor number CS4518.  It is anticipated that this monthly meeting will meet their requirements for 2 hours of continuing education credit.

*PSYCHOLOGISTS . The Texas State Licensing Board of Psychologists does not pre-approve workshops for continuing education.  It is anticipated that this monthly meeting will meet requirements for 2 hours of CE credit.

*LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS . The Houston Psychoanalytic Society is approved by The American Psychoanalytic Association through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, CE Provider Number 2666, to offer continuing education credit to licensed professional counselors.

*MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS . The Houston Psychoanalytic Society, as a co-sponsor with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, is an approved sponsor of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists.

*PHYSICIANS . This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.  The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of the CME activity.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 hours in category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.  Each physician should only claim those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.