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Clinical Conference: John Auerbach, PhD: Research in Psychoanalysis: Not an Oxymoron, and Why It Matters

  • 14 Nov 2020
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology


John Auerbach, PhD

Research in Psychoanalysis:  

Not an Oxymoron, and Why It Matters

November 14, 2020

10:30 am – 12:00pm

Kawase Hasui  川瀬 巴水, 1930. Road to Nikko (Nikko Gaido)Art Institute of Chicago.

CSPP conferences will be held virtually, 

via Zoom, until further notice.  

All registrations must be made and paid for online.

Meanwhile conferences will continue to meet from 10:30am till 12:00 pm.

The Speaker:  

John Auerbach, PhD, is a Staff Psychologist in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System and a Courtesy Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. He is an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment. He serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology and has served on the editorial board of Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. With Kenneth Levy and Carrie Schaffer, he is coeditor of Relatedness, Self-Definition, and Mental Representation: Essays in Honor of Sidney J. Blatt, published by Routledge in 2005.


At a time when psychoanalysis is considered to be in decline and is routinely dismissed by psychology and psychiatry departments, psychoanalytic research has never been more vital, even if also often ignored by psychoanalytic clinicians. Psychoanalysis should be seen as a hybrid discipline, with elements of hermeneutics, since it pertains fundamentally to unconscious meanings, and of the empirical sciences, since it is possible to study in an empirically rigorous way the origins and consequences of these unconscious meanings. An integration of hermeneutic and scientific aspects of psychoanalysis will be presented, along with implications of scientific research for psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Recommended Readings (all available on PEP-Web) 

Auerbach, J. S. (2014). [Review of the book Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research: Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence edited by R. A. Levy, J. S. Ablon & H. Kächele.] Psychoanalytic Psychology, 31, 276-287.

Auerbach, J. S., & Diamond, D. (2017).  Mental representation in the thought of Sidney J. Blatt: Developmental processes. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 65, 509-523.


Auerbach, J. S. (2019). Relatedness, self-definition, mental representation, and internalization in the work of Sidney J. Blatt: Scientific and clinical contributions. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 36, 291-302.

Auerbach, J. S. (2019). [Review of the book The Origins of Attachment: Infant Research and Adult Treatment, by B. Beebe and F. M. Lachmann.] Psychoanalytic Psychology, 36, 268-275.

Auerbach, J. S. (2019). Sidney J. Blatt’s contributions to psychoanalytic psychology: Introduction to the special section. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 36, 291-302.

Learning Objectives

1.     To describe hermeneutic and scientific aspects of psychoanalysis.

2.     To describe implications of empirical research for psychoanalytic theory.

3.     To describe implications of empirical research for psychoanalytic practice.

Conference Schedule

10:30am  –  12:00pm 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 1.5 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39.) Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

This program has also been approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for Social Work Licensure renewal.

 A $3 fee will be charged upon registration to obtain CEUs.  In addition, attendees must complete the evaluation form to obtain CE credits. The link to the evaluation will be sent following the conference to all attendees.


Enjoy the conference from your own home, via Zoom. A link will be emailed prior to the conference

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Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

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