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September 10, 2015: The Metamorphosis of Walter White in Breaking Bad: A Case Study of the Psychodynamics of Pathological Shame

posted Apr 21, 2016, 7:48 PM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 8:12 PM ]
September 10, 2015                                                             

The Metamorphosis of Walter White in Breaking Bad:
A Case Study of the Psychodynamics of Pathological Shame

Presented by Richard G. Michael, PhD.

The Lovett Center
900 Lovett Boulevard
Houston, TX  77006

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

Active and Student Members: Free
Friends: $20
Non-members: $30

 Up to 2 Hours of CEP/CEU/CME credits available*

Objectives:  After attending this event participants will be able to:
1.  Define and describe the clinical features of pathological shame from a psychoanalytic perspective.
2.  Describe a number of psychodynamic defense patterns often seen in individuals manifesting pathological shame.
3.  Describe and apply one or more  theoretical formulations employing the use of the psychodynamics of pathological shame in                understanding the behavior of a fictional character (Walt) as a case example.

Program Description:
The popular TV series Breaking Bad chronicles the character of Walter White as he transitions from mild-mannered high school teacher into a ruthless kingpin of the methamphetamine trade. Most popular analyses depict the devolution of Walts behavior over the course of the series as alternatively:  a perplexing descent into psychopathy, a troubling study in the corruptive lure of power, or as a morality tale demonstrating the capacity of anyone to embody profound evil. In contrast, this presentation will explore the development of Walts character from the perspective of a psychoanalytic understanding of pathological shame as a central feature of his personality structure.  Film clips and vignettes will be used to illustrate the clinical manifestations of shame dynamics, and a theoretical context will be provided to support this formulation. The presentation will consist of a lecture, portions of which will be read from a paper; illustrative film clips; and discussion with the audience. 
Breaking Bad was copyrighted in 2014, and is used with permission of Sony Pictures, Inc.  

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Michael is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic StudiesHouston/Austin where he is also Chair of the Curriculum Committee. He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University. He trained clinically at:  McLean Hospital, The Cambridge Hospital, and Beth Israel Hospital, where he subsequently served on the supervisory faculty for 13 years, and he held a faculty appointment at 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 hospitalPrior 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. 

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

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

*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.