2014 S M Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.

Proudly Presenting:
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
Self-Care, Omnipotence, and Analytic Subjectivity: The Delights and Perils of
Working in States of Uncertainty
Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Trapp Family Lodge • Stowe, VT
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D., is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and
Psychoanalysis and at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. In addition, she is a member and Training Analyst in the IPA.
Dr. Harris is an Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. In 2009, she along with Lewis Aron and
Jeremy Safron established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. Dr. Harris and Lew Aron co-edit the
Book Series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, a series now with over 50 published volumes.
Dr. Harris has written on topics in gender and development, analytic subjectivity and self-care, primitive states and
the analytic community in the shadow of the First World War. Her current work is on analytic subjectivity and on ghosts.
The morning presentation will focus on the challenges in clinical and analytic work when the analytic instrument—ourselves—is itself
afflicted or compromised. In regard to the life events all people face, the question of how the analyst coordinates clinical work with
personal difficulty is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when.’ Drawing on Dr. Harris’ experiences of clinical work in the aftermath of profound
personal loss, we will consider the challenges of being maximally present to our patients while bearing “the full catastrophe”
of our own lives. The following issues will be addressed: the analyst's mourning and melancholia; countertransference in times of
personal difficulty; working in the context of a commitment to field theory and intersubjective process. The afternoon presentation will
address more generally the intersection of analytic subjectivity, countertransference, and occupational hazards of clinical work, with
particular emphasis on the problems and strengths that arise in a key aspect of many analysts' character: the prevalence of omnipotence.
Objectives: At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to: 1. Identify and examine forms of
self-care and community care; 2. Describe how analysts coordinate work in the light of personal difficulties;
3. Explain the presence and cost of omnipotent character structure in analysts’ capacities to work in circumstances of crisis;
4. List the relative merits of the wide range of effects and implications in contemporary theories of countertransference.
Selected recent publications of interest: Harris, A. (2005). Gender as Soft Assembly. Hilldale, NJ: The Analytic Press; Harris, A.
(2009). “You Must Remember This”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19:2-21; Harris, A. (2011). The Relational Tradition: Landscape and
Canon. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 59 (4): 701-735; Harris, A. (2012). Ghosts in the 21st Century. Paper given
at the conference on Confusion of Tongues. Budapest, Hungary. June 2012; Harris, A. (2013). Tausk and the Influencing Machine. In
Robert Oesler (Ed.) New Directions in Transference and Countertransference. Library of Psychoanalysis 2013.
Continuing Education Credits: 6 Continuing Education Credits have been approved by American Psychological Association.
In addition 6 Continuing Education Credits have been granted to Vermont Psychologists, Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
This program is available for 6 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form,
a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for the
program and its content. APA and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and no-discrimination in continuing education activities and will conduct all activities in
conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. If participants have special needs, reasonable efforts will be made to
accommodate them. Please contact Robert Albiston, Ph.D. 865-376-1585 x105 with questions, concerns or to request special accommodations.
There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content,
research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. All presenters will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach
discussed including the validity and utility as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks as relevant.
Registration Form:
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Conference Schedule
VAPS 2014 Scientific Meeting
Self-Care, Omnipotence, and Analytic Subjectivity:
The Delights and Perils of
Working in State of Uncertainty
with: Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe, VT
4:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Small Group Meetings and Discussion Leaders:
#1 Mika Barker-Hart, M.S.W.
#2 Judith Lewis, M.D.
#3 Mel Miller, Ph.D.
#4 Sharon Dennett, M.S.W.
#5 Debra Lopez, M.D.
#6 William Butler, Ph.D.
#7 Michele Reed, M.S.W
#8 Doug Dennett, M.D.
#9 Mina Levinsky-Wohl, M.D.
#10 Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D.
#11 Elizabeth Seward, M.D.
#12 James Jacobson, M.D.
Afternoon Break
Large Group Discussion,
Closing Remarks: Betsy Sprague, Psy.D.
Please join us in the Trapp Family Lodge Lounge after
the conference (cash bar).
Directions to the
-From Exit 10 of Interstate 89
(the Waterbury/Stowe exit), turn onto Route 100 north.
-Continue north on Route 100 for approximately 8 miles.
-Just after the Fly Rod Shop (which is on the right).
turn left onto Moscow Road. (Signs for the
Trapp Family Lodge start here.)
-Turn right onto Barrows Road,
and follow it to the stop sign.
-At the stop sign, turn left.
(Ten Acres Lodge is on the corner).
-Follow up hill to the Trapp Family Lodge.
The Trapp Family Lodge telephone number is
(802) 253-8511.
Accommodations: A block of rooms has been held at the
Trapp Family Lodge at reduced conference rates. When
you call for reservations, be sure to request the conference
rate. Reservations: (802) 253-8511 or (800) 826-7000.
VAPS Membership Information: The VAPS Membership
year runs from September 1 to August 31 annually.
To join VAPS or to renew your membership, go to
www.vapsvt.org to obtain your Membership Application
Form for 2014-2015. Mail your completed form & dues
payment to: VAPS, c/o Gerri Oppedisano, Ph.D.,
P.O. Box 9278, South Burlington, VT 05407-9278 or
follow the instructions to the website for payment.
Questions: w 802-660-2939, fax 802-660-2938 or
[email protected]
3:00 p.m.
c/o Stella Marrie, Psy.D.
240 Dimick Road
East Hardwick, VT 05836 U.S.A.
Registration and Breakfast Buffet
Betsy Sprague, Psy.D., VAPS President
Conference Overview:
Claire Dumas, Psy.D., Program Chair
Introduction to Dr. Harris:
Debra Lopez, M.D., Morning Chair
Keynote Speaker: Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
“Working in the Shadow of Rupture:
Clinical Encounters with the
‘dead mother’.”
10:45 a.m. Morning Break
11:00 a.m. Large Group Discussion
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
“The Analyst’s Melancholy and
the Analyst’s Omnipotence”
Elizabeth Seward, M.D., Afternoon Chair
2:50 p.m. Afternoon Break
8:15 a.m.
9:00 a.m.