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Clinical Conference: Steve Kuchuck – On The Limitations of Love: Desire and Loss in Psychoanalysis

  • 29 Sep 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Presents a Clinical Conference

Steven Kuchuck, DSW

On The Limitations of Love: Desire and Loss in Psychoanalysis

Saturday September 29, 2018

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Lunch will follow for all attendees


In contemporary psychoanalysis, it’s no longer surprising to talk about love for our patients, theirs for us, and what this stirs for each party. But for many clinicians, there is still shame and guilt that makes it difficult to explore and share these aspects of our work. Dr Kuchuk's previous writing in this area focused on the therapeutic action of the therapist’s desire. In this conference, he will present just such an analytic love story. This time though, the telling has less to do with the therapeutic action of this love, and more to do with his concerns about the potential clinical limitations of that very same love.


Dr Steve Kuchuck is Editor-in-Chief; Psychoanalytic Perspectives,  Co-Editor; Routledge Relational Perspectives Book Series, President, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) and Board Member, supervisor, faculty, Co-Director of Curriculum for the psychoanalytic training program at NIP, and faculty/supervisor at the NIP National Training Program, Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and other institutes. 

Dr Kuchuck’s teaching and writing focus primarily on the clinical impact of the therapist’s subjectivity. In 2015 and 2016 he won the Gradiva Award for best psychoanalytic book: Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professionaand The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (co-edited with Adrienne Harris).


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

12:30  –  1:00  Lunch for All Attendees

To Register and Pay

Register and pay online with your credit card or PayPal.  

To pay by check, print and fill out the registration form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Matt Brennan, LCSW, 738 Townsend Ave, New Haven, CT 06512 Mailed registrations must be postmarked by September 18 to qualify for early registration discount.

Mail in registration form: MS Word version click HERE. PDF version click HERE. 

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Refunds will be given in full if the Conference Registrar, Matt Brennan, LMSW, is contacted at Matt Brennan no later than the Monday before the conference.

Recommended Readings

Kuchuck, S. (2013). Reflections on the Therapeutic Action of Desire. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 14:133-139. For a PDF click HERE

Atlas-Koch and Kuchuck, S. (2012). To Have and to Hold: Psychoanalytic Dialogues on the Desire to Own.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues 22:93-105. For a PDF click HERE

Kuchuck, S. (2012). Please (Don’t) Want Me: The Therapeutic Action of Male Sexual Desire in the Treatment of Heterosexual Men. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 48:544-562. For a PDF click  HERE



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

Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to name one reason why erotic countertransference has historically be seen as taboo.
  2. Be able to give one example from the presenter’s or their own practice of a situation in which the therapist’s desire and/or loving feelings were integral to the therapeutic action.
  3. Describe one example from their own practice in which the therapist’s desire and/or loving feelings impeded therapeutic progress.

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 Ellen Nasper.

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