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Clinical Conference: Judith Kantrowitz, PhD: Inevitable Intersubjectivities; Case Presentation by Susanne Weil, LCSW

  • 31 Oct 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


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Judith Kantrowitz, PhD

Inevitable Intersubjectivity 


Summary: That two people contribute to what occurs between them should be obvious; however, for many years psychoanalysts in North America taught that the effectiveness of psychoanalysis was dependent almost exclusively on characteristics of the patient, assuming trained analysts were interchangeable. 

Today almost all psychoanalysts acknowledge that both participants influence treatment outcomes. This presentation illustrates the specificity of how the analyst’s character and conflicts contribute beneficially or detrimentally to work with her patients, depending on the character and conflicts of the particular patient. The presentation will provide examples of how the analyst also grows and changes psychologically over time from work with patients.

Judith Kantrowitz, PhD is a training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and a Clinical Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Since the 1980s, Dr. Kantrowitz has researched and written about the relationship between the character and conflicts of patient and analyst. She is the author of three  books: The Patient's Impact on the Analyst (1996);  Writing about Patients: responsibilities, risks, and ramifications,(2006) and Myths of Termination: what patients can teach analyst about endings (2014), as well as numerous papers on impasses in psychoanalysis. Dr. Kantrowitz has served on the editorial board of JAPA and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. She has a private practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Brookline, MA, and co-leads workshops on impasses in treatment and supervision.

Case Presenter: Susanne Weil, LCSW is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst practicing in Stamford, CT. She is faculty at  the Training Research Institute for Self Psychology, and the Westchester Center Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.  Her psychoanalytic training focused  on the study of intersubjectivity,  as described by  Stolorow, Atwood, and Orange. Ms.  Weil will  present moments in the intersubjective field created by her and her patient, Tom. 

Educational Objectives
Attendees will acquire knowledge about
a.   the importance of developing a self-reflective process stimulated by work with patients
b.   how an analyst can make use of self-discoveries in their work with patients
c.   ways in which the process of working with patients can lead to changes in the analyst as well as the patient

Suggested Readings

Kantrowitz, J.L. (2013)  The Effect of Post- Analytic contact. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 947-956.

Kantrowitz, J.L (2008)  Employing multiple theories and evoking new ideas:  the use of clinical material.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 89: 355-368.

Kantrowitz, J.L. (2002) The external observer and the patient-analyst match.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 83:338-350.


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 12:30 Presentation


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs 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 Ellen Nasper, PhD, at

Pay online or mail checks to Conference Registrar, Carrie Christensen, LCSW, 441 Orange St #5, New Haven, CT 06511

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Refunds will be given in full if the Conference Registrar, Carrie Christensen, LCSW, is contacted by Monday October 26, 2015.

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