Saturday, April 14, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
8:30 Networking | 9:00 Presentation (3 CEUs)
The Council on Recovery - Houston
303 Jackson Hill St
Houston, TX 77007
CEU Fees
Active Members: $75
Friends: $100
Non-members: $125
Students: $25

This workshop will discuss some psychodynamic themes observed in adults who were adopted in infancy as these emerge over the course of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic treatment. Particular attention will be directed to issues of identity formation and  object relations as they emerge in the context of phantasies of birth parents and adoptive family relationships. There has not been a great deal of attention paid to the topic of adoption in the psychoanalytic literature, however we will review some relevant  contributions before discussing observations and themes in clinical case examples. 

1. Describe themes observed in the separation/individuation struggles of adopted adolescents.
2. Describe some of  the special challenges encountered in the resolution of “family romance” phantasies for adopted children.
3. Describe how fantasies of birth parents can evolve and serve various psychological functions over the course of development.

Dr. Richard Michael is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies—Houston/Austin where he is also Chair of the Curriculum Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and trained clinically at:  McLean Hospital, The Cambridge Hospital, and Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, where he subsequently served on the supervisory faculty for 13 years and was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He began his psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and graduated from the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. In his many years in the Boston area,  he held clinical, administrative and supervisory positions at a number of public and private inpatient and outpatient facilities,  including as: Clinical Director of the Newton-Wellesley-Weston Multi-Service Center, Clinical Supervisor of the Inpatient Adult & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at New England Memorial Hospital, Stoneham, MA, and, subsequently, Director of Psychology, and Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services at that hospital. Prior to moving to Austin, Dr. Michael maintained a private practice in Newton, MA and for years consulted to the staffs of several residential programs for chronically mentally ill patients. He currently lives and maintains a private practice in Austin, providing psychoanalysis, individual, group and couple psychotherapy as well as clinical consultation and supervision.

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 The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.